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.

Helen Ward, MD, named TSPMG Senior Physician Director for Resource Stewardship

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Helen Ward, MD, has been named Senior Physician Director of Resource Stewardship. Dr. Ward, who joined the Resource Stewardship department during the summer, has demonstrated her enthusiasm and commitment to ensuring our members get the “Right care, in the Right place, at the Right time,” using the most appropriate resources. She has a passion for problem solving, a direct communication style and excellent analytic skills that are well matched to the goals of the department, and we look forward to working with her in this expanded role.



Thomas Cooney, MD Named TSPMG Inpatient Resource Stewardship Director

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Thomas Cooney, MD has been named Inpatient Resource Stewardship Director for Piedmont Hospital.  In his new role, Dr. Cooney will be responsible for physician support of acute care rounds and managing hospital bed days at Piedmont Hospital.  He will also be involved in the Transitions of Care work and working to reduce hospital readmission.

Dr. Cooney brings four years of acute care experience and a strong knowledge of acute care utilization to his new position. He joined TSPMG in 2011 as a Hospitalist after working in Hospital Medicine at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Rochester.





TSPMG Cardiologist Ali Rahimi, MD, Named Adjunct Assistant Professor at Emory

Congratulations to Ali Rahimi, MD, MPH, who was recently named an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.

Dr. Rahimi serves as the Physician Program Director for Cardiovascular Quality for The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG).

Since joining TSPMG in 2010, Dr. Rahimi has been involved in the internalization of cardiology and leading research initiatives around cardiovascular performance and outcomes with a focus on population care.

Dr. Rahimi received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Emory University. He completed his residency at Yale and a fellowship in Cardiology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard Medical School in Boston.




Dr. Christy Hewling named Chief of Emergency Medicine

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Christy Hewling, MD, has been named Chief of Emergency Medicine, effective October 1. Dr. Hewling, who was previously lead physician at the Kaiser Permanente TownPark ACC/CDU, will be responsible for all Advanced Care Center (ACC) physicians at the TownPark ACC. She will also oversee our ACC physicians at the new KP Southwood ACC when it opens in early 2014.

Dr. Hewling, a native of Louisiana, moved to Atlanta in 1996 and attended graduate school at Georgia State University. She completed her medical degree at Howard University Medical College in Washington, DC and her residency in Emergency Medicine at Grady Hospital. She joined TSPMG in December 2011 as part of our new ACC team. Christy lives in Smyrna with her husband Kirk, who is also a physician, and their two sons, ages 6 and 9.

Dr. Hewling's leadership has been a major force in the success of the Kaiser Permanente ACC and CDU. Please join us in congratulating Christy on her new role.



David Meyer, MD Named Chief of Gastroenterology

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that David Meyer, MD has been named Chief of Gastroenterology. He fills the role previously held by Rodney Harris, MD, who has decided to step down to concentrate on his clinical role. Dr. Harris has done an excellent job of guiding the department over the past few years, helping eliminate the back log for colonoscopies and assisting with getting the new procedure suites fully functional and efficient.

Dr. Meyer received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee at Memphis and completed his residency and a Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Illinois Hospital. He is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a well respected clinician and has assisted Dr. Harris with administrative duties over the past few years. Dr. Meyer is an organized thinker and has plans to move our GI department forward and continue delivering the excellent care the department is known for. We are confident he will do a great job.