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.

Rahul Nayak, MD, named Physician Director of Procedure Suites

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Rahul Nayak, MD, has been named as our Physician Director of Procedure Suites. He will also serve as Physician in Charge (PIC) of the Kaiser Permanente Glenlake Medical Office.

In his new role, Dr. Nayak will oversee operations for the Glenlake, Gwinnett, Southwood and TownPark suites that are used by a variety of surgical and procedural specialty departments. In addition to ensuring the safe & efficient clinical operation of the suites, he will lead strategic initiatives designed to improve access & turnaround, gain accreditation, expand services and improve affordability.

Dr. Nayak is well suited for his new role. As a member of our Gastroenterology department since 2009, he has great insight into the operation of our procedure suites. Over the past few years, he has been deeply involved in improving quality & patient safety. He is highly trained in Process Improvement (PI) and has helped strengthen our teamwork & collaboration as an instructor for Highly Reliable Teams workshops.

Dr. Nayak received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan. He completed his GI residency at the University of Illinois – Chicago and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

We have no doubt that Dr. Nayak will flourish in this new role. Please join us in congratulating him and wishing him much success.

Patrick Austin, MD, Named Chief of Vascular Surgery & Plastic Surgery

The internalization of both Vascular Surgery and Plastic Surgery greatly improved TSPMG’s ability to care for more patients within our integrated system and has improved care quality & outcomes. After much consideration, we felt it was very important to appoint a leader with direct oversight and representation for these two smaller departments who have similar needs. We have asked Patrick Austin, MD, to serve as Chief of these combined departments.

Dr. Austin joined TSPMG in 2014 as a vascular surgeon. He received his medical degree and completed his surgery residency at the University of Alabama - Birmingham. He completed his fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of South Florida in Tampa and is Board certified in vascular surgery.

Patrick is a results focused, patient, hard worker who always gives his best. We feel confident that he will do a fantastic job as Chief and be a strong leader in our organization for years to come.

Margaret Kottke, MD, named Chief of Dermatology

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Margaret Kottke, MD has been named as our new Chief of Dermatology. She takes over the role previously held by John Strickler, MD, who stepped away to concentrate on his clinical responsibilities and his leadership role as our Physician Director of Procedural Specialties.

Dr. Kottke is very enthusiastic and brings an analytical and measured approach to her well thought out plans.  She is excited to take on this role and I have no doubt she will thrive in this position.

Dr. Kottke received her medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in Dermatology. She joined TSPMG in 2008 and currently sees patients in the Gwinnett and Crescent Centre MOBs.

Please join us in welcoming Margaret to her new role.




Kaiser Permanente Unveils Its New Mobile Health Vehicle at Event Serving the City of Atlanta Sanitation Workers

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined the health care organization for a ribbon cutting ceremony

ATLANTA, January 17, 2017 — If your excuse for not getting an annual physical or flu shot is that you cannot find the time to get to the doctor’s office, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia has a solution—a new mobile health vehicle that can roll right up to your place of work. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined Kaiser Permanente’s top leaders Tuesday to unveil the “clinic on wheels” at an event serving employees in the city’s Department of Public Works.


“Every day, we see these men and women moving through the city—often on the back of a truck—providing vital services to help keep our city clean, so we wanted to bring our new mobile health vehicle to their truck yard and provide health screenings at no charge,” said Jim Simpson, interim president of Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. “Our mobile health vehicle is unique in that it will split its time between metro Atlanta employers, helping to support their wellness goals, and community events serving people who have limited access to care.”


The mobile health vehicle, which features two exams rooms and a handicap-accessible bathroom, can provide a wide range of primary care services. Onboard, patients can receive a biometric screening for blood pressure, blood sugar levels, body mass index and cholesterol levels, in addition to health coaching and immunizations.


“I want to thank Kaiser Permanente of Georgia for partnering to provide our employees with greater access to essential services through this state-of-the-art mobile health care facility,” said Mayor Reed. “In 2012, my administration launched ‘A Healthier You’ initiative with a goal to expand the City’s focus on employee health and wellness. The new Mobile Health Vehicle helps us reach our goals by making it easier and more convenient for employees to get the care they need.”


“We believe in the power of preventive medicine at Kaiser Permanente, so we are always looking for new ways to connect with our members and ensure they receive the care they need to thrive,” said Mary L. Wilson, M.D., president and executive medical director of The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, which provides care exclusively to Kaiser Permanente members. “We’ve already begun virtual office visits. Now, with our mobile health vehicle, our members can step out of the office and into our exam room within minutes. It’s a win-win for employees, who want to maintain their health, and employers who benefit from the increased productivity and lower health care costs associated with a healthier workforce.”


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About Kaiser Permanente Georgia
Kaiser Permanente is Georgia’s largest not-for-profit health plan. Its mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves. Kaiser Permanente serves nearly 300,000 members in a 28-county service area in metro Atlanta with care focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists, and team of heath care providers. Expert and caring medical teams are supported by industry-leading technology and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Nationally, Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers, serving approximately 10.6 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit


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