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.

Ahmed Ali, MD, Named Lead Physician for Radiation Oncology

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Ahmed Ali, MD, is now our Lead Physician for Radiation Oncology. Dr. Ali, who has demonstrated great leadership in the department, oversees this service at Northside Hospital and Riverdale Center at Southern Crescent.

Dr. Ali completed his undergraduate studies at Emory University and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed his internal medicine internship and a residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. He was in private practice in the Atlanta area prior to joining TSPMG in 2013. Dr. Ali is Board certified in Radiology and is very involved in promoting Permanente medicine as a delegate to the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG).

We want to thank Tom Phillips, MD for his excellent leadership as we internalized this practice within TSPMG. He positioned TSPMG Radiation Oncology as a very valuable practice for our members and helped lay the groundwork for the addition of an additional Radiation Oncologist, Neha Sharma, MD, who will join us this May.

Please join us in congratulating Ahmed on his new role and thanking Tom for his contributions.

 

 


 

Jennifer Whaley, MD, Named TSPMG Physician Director of Coding and Documentation

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Jennifer Whaley, MD, has been named as our new Physician Director of Coding and Documentation. She takes the place of Barby Simmons, MD, who announced last fall that she was stepping down from the role to focus on clinical care as a member of the ECM Hub team.

In her new role, Dr. Whaley will function as our regional expert and resource for medical documentation standards and coding accuracy. She will also be responsible for educating our clinicians on coding and documentation process and the assessment & implementation of technology that supports accurate coding and documentation.

Dr. Whaley received her medical degree from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine and completed her residency at Emory University. She is Board certified in Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction. Dr. Whaley joined TSPMG in 2012 from private practice. She currently practices in our Sandy Springs MOB, where she is co-lead of the Behavioral Health module.

Stephen Feren, MD, joins the new TSPMG Sleep Medicine Department

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is happy to announce that Stephen Feren, MD, has joined our new Sleep Medicine department. The department, which will be internalized in May 2016 at the Kaiser Permanente Cumberland Medical Office, focuses on obstructive sleep apnea, existing CPAP patient follow-ups, and excessive daytime somnolence/sleepiness. Along with Dr. Feren, Sleep Medicine services will be provided by Lisa Billars, MD, TSPMG Chief of Neurology.

Dr. Feren received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and competed his internal medicine residency at the University of Virginia Roanoke-Salem. He also completed a residency in Adult Neurology at Washington University Barnes-Jewish Hospital, as well as fellowships in Neurophysiology at St. Louis University Hospital and Sleep Medicine at the Sleep Medicine & Research Center in Chesterfield, MO. Dr. Billars and Dr. Feren are each Board certified in Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Feren will be an excellent addition to our new Sleep Medicine department.

 

 


 

Scott Cutro, MD, Named Lead Physician, Infectious Diseases

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG) is pleased to announce that Scott Cutro, MD, has been named Lead Physician for our Department of Infectious Diseases. He assumes this responsibility from Wink Weinberg, MD, who previously served in the position and is now focusing on his clinical role.

Since joining TSPMG in 2013, Dr. Cutro has been a true advocate of integrated care. He is well respected clinically and is very enthusiastic about his department and Kaiser Permanente.  He received his medical degree from the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical

School and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University and a fellowship in Infectious Disease at the New York University School of Medicine. He is Board certified in both internal medicine and infectious disease.

Please join us in thanking Dr. Weinberg for his leadership and welcoming Dr. Cutro to his new role.

 


David Jones, MD, Named Chief of Pediatrics

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that David Jones, MD has accepted the role of Chief of Pediatrics, effective immediately. He has served as the Interim Chief since Catherine Dragstedt, MD, stepped down from the Chief role last fall to dedicate more time to her clinical work.

Dr. Jones has done a great job as interim chief, working to help the department function more efficiently and making some difficult decisions. He is enthusiastic about his role and we look forward to working with him as he develops and institutes his vision for the department.

Dr. Jones received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He has held several leadership roles since joining TSPMG in 2001, including managing physician for Panola & Stonecrest and as Regional Co-Lead for UBTs.

Please join us in welcoming David to his new role and wishing him all the best.