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.

TSPMG Orthopedics Now Available at Kaiser Permanente Gwinnett Medical Center

William Craven, MD
Beatrice Shu, MD

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Orthopedics is now available at Kaiser Permanente. William Craven, MD is now seeing patients at the Kaiser Permanente Gwinnett Medical Center and will be joined in early 2014 by Beatrice Shu, MD.

Dr. Craven will treat all types of orthopedic problems, including sports-related injuries. A former professional football player for the Cleveland Browns and the World Football League’s Philadelphia Bell, he has treated a wide variety of professional athletes and has worked as an orthopedic consultant for Morgan State University, Tuskegee University, and Grambling State University.

Dr. Craven earned his medical degree from UCLA Medical School and completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He performed his fellowship training in Orthopedics Sports Medicine at American Sports Medicine Institute. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic surgeons. Prior to joining TSPMG, he served as Medical Director for both Alliance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and Proactive Fitness and Physical Therapy.

Dr. Shu, who will begin seeing patients in 2014, received her medical degree from New Jersey Medical School and completed General Surgery training at Stanford University. She stayed on at Stanford to complete her Orthopaedic Surgery residency and research fellowship before joining the faculty as a Hip Fellow/Clinical Instructor. During her time there, she won many accolades and provided care for Stanford’s nationally ranked football team. Dr. Shu has received numerous recognitions for her research publications, including the Orthopaedic Research Society’s Hip Award. She was an Orthopaedic Sports Medicine fellow with Atlanta Sports Medicine prior to joining TSPMG.



Dr. David Jones Named TSPMG Assistant Chief of Pediatrics

Please join The Southeast Permanente Medical Group in welcoming David Jones, MD to his new role as Assistant Chief of Pediatrics.

Dr. Jones is a well respected clinician who received his medical degree from Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. He joined TSPMG in 2001 as a pediatrician at the Kaiser Permanente Panola Medical Office.

Dr. Jones previously served as Pediatrics Lead Physician and Managing Physician at Panola. He also represented the Pediatrics Department as a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee, as well in the role of Physician Champion for Healthy Weight initiatives.

In addition to his new role, Dr. Jones will continue serving as Assistant to the Medical Director for UBTs, as well as the Pediatrics Lead Physician at the Sandy Springs facility, where his clinical practice is located.

Matthew Hoffman, MD Named Physician Director for Inpatient Resource Stewardship

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG) is pleased to welcome Matthew Hoffman, MD to his new role as Physician Director for Inpatient Resource Stewardship. Matt will continue to practice Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and expand his role to enhance the delivery of Resource Stewardship in the inpatient setting.

Matt, who was born in Illinois and grew up in Michigan, has lived in Atlanta since graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a brief stint in the business world, he attended Emory University for medical school, internal medicine residency, two years as a hospitalist, and a pulmonary / critical care fellowship. As a hospitalist, Matt was the physician lead for internal medicine on Emory Midtown Hospital's Morbidity and Mortality committee, and also spearheaded a quality improvement initiative to improve the use of telemetry. He joined TSPMG in August 2012.

Matt’s strong interest in systems improvement, accompanied by his many years of providing inpatient care, will help us continue delivering the right care to the right member at the right time and right place.



Barby Simmons, DO, Named TSPMG Physician Program Director for Coding and Documentation

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG) is pleased to announce that, effective March 17, Barby Simmons, DO, has been named Physician Program Director for Coding and Documentation. She will report to Leslie Litton, TSPMG VP Business Execution and Informatics.

In her new role, Dr. Simmons will lead efforts to improve the accuracy and completion rates of our coding and documentation, identify and incorporate educational best practices from other Kaiser Permanente regions and industry leaders, and oversee our various coding and documentation audit practices and dashboards. She will also take the lead on our ICD-10 implementation, which is a critical part of Kaiser Permanente of Georgia’s 2014 business strategy.

Dr. Simmons received her medical degree at Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She joined Kaiser Permanent in 2010 and has served as Lead Adult Medicine Physician at the Southwood MOB since 2011.

We want to thank Angel Cobiella, MD for his support and leadership over the past few months as Interim Physician Program Director for Coding and Documentation. His expertise has been invaluable and we look forward to continuing to work with him in his position as Physician Program Director for Informatics. Please join us in thanking Dr. Cobiella and wishing Dr. Simmons much success in her new role.

Dr. Pamela Vick-Bope Named TSPMG Chief of Pain Management

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Pamela Vick-Bope, MD, has been named as the Medical Group's first Chief of Pain Management. She will continue to provide a wide range of interventional pain procedures and medication management in our Kaiser Permanente Southwood and Glenlake Medical Offices.

Since joining our medical group in 2010, Dr. Vick-Bope has embraced and embodied our model of care. She is an extremely hard worker who clearly leads by example and is always willing to share her knowledge with colleagues. She is also a strong advocate for the patient, carefully balancing the right and appropriate amount of care.

Dr. Vick-Bope received her undergraduate degree from Duke University. She completed her medical degree and residency in Anesthesiology at the Medical University of South Carolina and a fellowship in Pain Management at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. She is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

We are also making changes to the Pain Management department that will ensure patients receive care from an appropriate specialist, improve patient satisfaction and access, and increase clinician satisfaction.

As a first step, we are adding physiatrists to the group. Physiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in non-surgical physical medicine and rehabilitation for patients who have been disabled as a result of a disease, condition, disorder, or injury. Our TSPMG physiatrists will evaluate and treat musculoskeletal pain and refer to appropriate specialists as needed. The mid-levels in the pain management department will work alongside our newly hired physiatrists. This model of care has been proven successful in other KP regions and will help us establish a true multi-disciplinary pain management department.

We have no doubt that Dr. Vick-Bope will do an excellent job of leading and transforming the department in a way that will better serve our patients.