The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Lateefah Watford, MD, has been named Chief of Behavioral Health. In this role, she will provide strategic leadership and clinical management accountability for this highly visible department.
Dr. Watford joined TSPMG in 2012 and currently serves as the Lead for the Behavioral Health Team at the Kaiser Permanente Southwood Comprehensive Medical Center. She received her medical training at Morehouse School of Medicine, completed her residency at Indiana University School of Medicine and her fellowship at Emory University. She is Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.
Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Watford worked in numerous roles where she gained extensive leadership experience. As the Chief of Behavioral Health she will be responsible for ensuring that the department is efficient, effective, appropriately staffed, and meets member and organizational expectations for high quality, accessible care.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Watford to her new role.
Dr. Skold will help represent our interests at the national level as part of KP’s Inter-Regional Medical Ethics Committee (IRMEC), which encourages pursuit of health for patients in a manner that honors biomedical, personal, social, and spiritual values. Locally, she is available to provide advice, education and guidance on medical ethics topics and to help clinicians address patient and organizational cases and issues. She will also review and create local and national policies that address issues of medical-ethical relevance and importance. We also envision her playing a key role with MAA, MAG, and other legislative and policy bodies, to support delivery of high quality ethical care to all members of our community.
Dr. Skold joined TSPMG in 2012 and is part of our Palliative Care team. Her experience will be especially valuable as she partners with other departments and initiatives to develop programs that document and respect individual’s choices around end of life care and more comprehensive advance care planning.
Please join us in thanking Dr. Skold for taking on this important role.
The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Ann Igbre, MD has been named as our first Chief of Ophthalmology. She will lead our growing eye care department, which now offers a wide range of services in the Kaiser Permanente Gwinnett, Glenlake, Southwood and TownPark medical offices.
Since joining our organization, Dr. Igbre has been widely recognized as an excellent clinician and collaborator. She is a very hard worker who cares deeply about quality and our integrated health care delivery model. Under her guidance, TSPMG ophthalmology and optometry together will flourish to become a benchmark of care throughout Kaiser Permanente and the Atlanta market.
Dr. Igbre joined TSPMG in 2014. She received her medical degree from Temple University and completed her internal medicine residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center and a residency in ophthalmology at Temple University. She is Board certified in ophthalmology.
Please join us in congratulating Ann on her new role.
The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Lisa Billars, MD has been named Chief of Neurology for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia.
Dr. Billars. will fill the role previously held by Cecily Cole, MD, who wants to concentrate on clinical medicine at this point. As our first Chief of neurology, she helped build and expand the department. We will miss Dr. Cole in this role, and I want to thank her for her time and devotion to the department.
Dr. Billars is a bright, energetic, well-spoken physician who is extremely well regarded by her neurology colleagues and the rest of the medical group. I have no doubt that, under Dr. Billars' leadership, the department of neurology will continue to forge ahead and thrive.
Dr. Billars received her medical degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and completed her neurology residency and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and sleep medicine at Emory University Hospital. She is Board certified in both Neurology and Sleep Medicine. Prior to joining TSPMG in 2011, she was in private practice in Albany, NY.
The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is happy to announce that Max Yeslev, MD, has joined our Plastic Surgery department. The department, which we internalized in August 2011, focuses on reconstruction and repairs such as lesion excisions, wound repair, skin grafts, facial trauma and breast repair and reconstruction.
Dr. Yeslev received his medical degree from Donetsk National Medical University in Donetsk, Ukraine, and a Ph.D. from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. He completed a General Surgery residency at Emory University and his Plastic Surgery residency at Vanderbilt University. He has co-authored a number of medical journal articles and has been granted two surgical technique patents in his native Ukraine.
Dr. Yeslev will be an excellent addition to our plastic surgery department.