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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.


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.



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.




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