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Rahwa Ghermay, MD

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My specialty:
Palliative Medicine

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente medical center provider

I speak: English, Amharic

My gender: Female

Where I practice

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About me

I was born in Ethiopia and lived in China for four years before moving to Seattle in 1987 to finish middle school. In Seattle, I developed my appreciation for the outdoors and love of outdoor activities. I inherited my interest and desire to practice medicine from my father, one of the first national physicians in Ethiopia. This interest was confirmed through my volunteer work at a clinic for the underserved during my high school years. I moved to Atlanta for residency training and made the decision to stay in the area after falling for the city and all that it has to offer.

About my practice

From my father I adopted the following philosophy that guides me, especially in my professional life: "Do your best to ensure that every person whose life intersects with yours, is improved as a result of it."

Kaiser Permanente aligns with my philosophy as it is committed to providing the best of care for our patients during transitions between levels of care. I am one of the Kaiser Permanente physicians rounding at skilled nursing facilities (SNF) to facilitate transition from hospital to sub-acute rehab and again when patients transfer out of SNF. I also preform palliative care consults at the hospital to assist members in understanding their disease process and help them make decisions about their care based on their personal goals and desires.

How I thrive

I depend on spinning, running and yoga to jumpstart my days. Throughout the workday, I continue to draw energy and contentment from my rewarding encounters with our Kaiser Permanente members. After work, I look forward to long walks with my chocolate Labrador. I enjoying hanging out with my friends, taking advantage of the great culinary scene in Atlanta and planning my next international trip.

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My office

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Medical groups and plans

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group

Palliative Care Department name
2525 Cumberland Parkway Se, Atlanta, GA 30339
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  • HMO or EPO
  • Individual & Family Plans
  • Individual & Family Plans - Added Choice
  • Multi-Choice or POS
  • Senior Advantage
  • Signature HMO

Contact information

  • Health Line
  • 1-800-255-0056 (toll-free TTY for the hearing/speech impaired)
  • Health Line
  • 1-800-611-1811 (toll free)
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  • 404-365-0966

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My training, certifications and licensing

Medical school

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Board certification

American Board Family Med (Hospice & Palliative Me American Board Internal Medicine

To verify board certification for an individual practitioner, please visit the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Medical Association, or the American Osteopathic Association websites.

Medical training

Medical School

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor , MI


Internal Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta , GA

Joined Permanente Medical Group

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My hospitals

I have admitting privileges at the following hospitals:

5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd Ne, Atlanta, GA 30342
550 Peachtree St, Ne, Atlanta, GA 30308

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