The Southeast Permanente Medical Group

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is an integral part of Kaiser Permanente. Our physicians can coordinate virtually every aspect of patient care - from referrals to laboratory tests to medications. With everything under one umbrella, our patients receive the highest continuity of care.

Bob Climko, MD, Named Senior Physician Director of Acute Care

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG) is delighted to announce that Bob Climko, MD will assume the position of Senior Physician Director of Acute Care, effective January 2015. In his new role, Dr. Climko will provide leadership for our hospitalists, ACC, CDU and urgent care providers, the ECM hub, the physician lead for the call center, and the QRM department. He replaces Peter King, MD, who is transitioning towards retirement by moving into a full time clinical role.

Dr. Climko has done a fantastic job since joining TSPMG in 2011 as Chief of Behavioral Health, building a very high performing department.  We will begin the search for a new Chief of Behavioral Health as Bob transitions to his new role.

Prior to joining our medical group, Bob had a very diverse career with extensive leadership experience in a variety of roles including medical director, consultant, chief medical officer, utilization management and academic medicine.  In addition to his medical degree, he also holds an MBA from the Keller School of Management.

We are confident that his leadership will further enhance our Acute Care Services.



TSPMG Orthopedics Continues Expansion; adds Hand Surgeons

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce the continued expansion of our TSPMG Orthopedics department. We have added five clinicians to the department, including two hand surgeons.

  • Yaw Boachie-Adjei, MD, one of our two new hand surgeons, received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Virginia. He also completed a fellowship in hand & microvascular surgery at UVA and a fellowship in shoulder & elbow surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle.
  • Le Don Robinson, MD holds both a bachelors and a masters of physical therapy degree from Howard University. He received his medical degree from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he also completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in orthopedic surgery. He completed a fellowship in adult reconstruction at the Cleveland Clinic.
  • Sangmin ‘Ryan’ Shin, MD has joined us after completing his Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine and also holds an MA in Medical Science from Boston University.
  • Jennifer Tucker, MD specializes in hand surgery, having completed her fellowship at the University of California, Irvine where she also worked with Permanente physicians. She holds an MS and MD from the University of Louisville, where she also completed her surgical and orthopedic residencies and a research fellowship. Dr. Tucker also completed a shoulder and elbow fellowship in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Amanda Appling, PA brings significant experience as a physician assistant in various orthopedic practices. She holds a master’s in Medical Science from Mercer University.

Please join us in welcoming them to TSPMG.




Joy Church, MD Named Chief of the Kaiser Permanente of Georgia ECM Hub

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is delighted to announce that Joy Church, MD will assume the role of Chief of the Emergency Care Management (ECM) Hub, effective November 1, 2014. The ECM Hub is a critical piece of our operational structure and helps our members get the right care, in the right place, at the right time. Hub functions include repatriating members from outside ERs and hospitals to our core facilities, supporting advice nurses in triaging our members to the right site of care, arranging for ambulance transportation, and assisting with new member pharmacy onboarding.

Dr. Church has been with TSPMG for six years. She was a PCP from 2006 - 2009 and returned in 2011 to work in the Hub (then known as PTSP). She has diverse and extensive leadership experience, including serving as Medical Director in the Fulton County Jail and as an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine.

We are very excited about expanding the role of the ECM Hub to include more robust telephonic physician advice and development of video appointments, efforts that Dr. Church will be leading.



TSPMG HR Changes – Pilcher Promoted to Vice President TSPMG Administrative Services; Ray Named Director of Human Resources

Angela Pilcher
Sharon Ray

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Angela Pilcher, currently Director, Human Resources, Recruitment and Retention, has been promoted to Vice President, TSPMG Administrative Services, effective December 21. She will fill the role currently held by Henrietta King, who is retiring on December 19 after more than 15 years of service to our medical group.

Since joining TSPMG in 2000, Angela has made a number of significant contributions to improve the efficiency, accuracy and professionalism of our various human resources, payroll and benefit administration functions. In recent years, she led the redesign of benefit changes in response to Health Care Reform while always considering the importance of a competitive benefit plan for TSPMG. She implemented the Wellness option to our benefit plan two years ago as a hallmark incentive for our TSPMG Wellness Program. She also led her team in the implementation of our excellent Shared Success program for clinicians and First Year Experience for administrative staff.

In her new role, Angela will maintain executive oversight of the current functions of the Human Resources department. She will also have executive leadership responsibility for the departments of Physician Compensation, Statistics and Procedural Coding, Communications & Marketing, Professional Development and CME, as well as the administrative staff of the Palliative Care/Geriatrics department.

As part of this change, Sharon Ray has been named Director of TSPMG Human Resources. She will assume many of the responsibilities and reporting relationships previously handled by Angela.

Sharon joined TSPMG in 2012 to manage our Benefits, HRIS and Payroll functions. She has made significant enhancements to the quality, service and administration of these areas, including new vendor relationships for our Flexible Spending Accounts and Supplemental Behavioral Health benefit. She also led several process improvement efforts with her team to ensure ongoing efficiencies in the payroll, compensation, benefits and HR data functions. Sharon is a collaborative leader and has worked with key sponsors to enhance training for new leaders who work both in clinical and administrative areas. In her new role, she will also have oversight of recruitment and retention, HR policy and employee relations. Prior to joining TSPMG, Sharon held progressively responsible positions with Atlanta-area companies including Coca-Cola, Georgia Tech and CHOA.

Please join us in congratulating Angela and Sharon on their new roles.



Stephen Sudler, MD, Named Physician Program Director, Digital Health Services

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Stephen Sudler, MD, has been named Physician Program Director, Digital Health Services. In this newly created role, he will serve as TSPMG’s physician lead for digital services innovation, strategy and development across all digital platforms (e.g. mobile, telemedicine, text, social media, and web). The role works closely with the Program Office to ensure regional alignment with KP’s strategic vision, facilitate regional implementation, and ensure operational readiness for new digital initiatives.

A practicing Ob/GYN physician, Dr. Sudler has applied his lifelong interest in using technology to improve lives to all aspects of his clinical care. He has been a member of the Informatics department since 2004, most recently as Physician Lead. He has served as our liaison with IMBills, as our Physician Champion for Meaningful Use, and on our Complex Case management and Transition of Care Committees. He has also represented the Georgia Region on several Kaiser Permanente National groups, including the Consumer Facing Technology Think Tank, Secure Text Messaging, Registration Group, Mobile App Rater Project Team (Innovation Fund), and Fetal Monitoring Device Integration projects. He also works with EPIC Developers to improve KP HealthConnect. In addition, he is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Task Force on Telemedicine/EHR, which works on issues related to Telemedicine/EHRs that may have originated from legislation, administrative rule or payer payment policy.

Dr. Sudler joined TSPMG in 1998 and currently sees patients at the Kaiser Permanente Gwinnett medical office. He received his medical training at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his residency at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh. He is Board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology. He is also Board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Clinical Informatics, a new medical specialty with fewer than 1,000 diplomates.

Please join us in welcoming him to his new role.