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Savitha Elam-Kootil, MD

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My specialty:
Internal Medicine

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English, Hindi, Malayalam

My gender: Female

Where I practice

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About me

My decision to be a doctor was made very early in life. To some extent, it was shaped by my hardworking parents who thought there was no better profession than being a doctor since I could make a living and earn good karma at the same time! The road was long and difficult and led me from the south of India to the south of the United States, but it has been well worth it.

While medicine is vastly different in a developing country than the developed world, the patients are the same in that they are grateful for good care. Despite the long hours, the challenging and service-oriented nature of my job makes being a physician very rewarding. When I go home to my husband and two young daughters at the end of the day, I am still in a good mood!

About my practice

I have practiced internal medicine since 2000, which includes primary care, chronic disease management and elder care. I do have a holistic approach to care, which encompasses care for the whole patient: mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual. To me, practicing medicine is both common sense and evidence-based. Kaiser Permanente's emphasis on prevention goes very well with my own practice philosophy.

I serve as lead physician with Kaiser Permanente's Ambulatory Medicine Department, which is both insightful and challenging. I also serve on the peer review committee. My certification as a clinical hypertension specialist from the American Society of Hypertension has been helpful in my practice. I also have an interest in sleep medicine.

How I thrive

What keeps me going, besides my patients and staff, are my husband, two daughters, parents and brother. We do a lot as a family, including enjoying the outdoors. Our last family trip was to Yellowstone National Park.

I love to cook, dine out, sing Indian music and read fiction. Keeping in touch with family and old friends in India helps me thrive. I am also a part of our local temple, and I help conduct annual summer camps and volunteer for health clinics for the uninsured.

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My office

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Medical groups and plans

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group

Internal Medicine Department name
3650 Steve Reynolds Blvd, Duluth, GA 30096
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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

J.L.N. Medical College
Belgaum, Karnataka , India

Board certification

American Board Internal Medicine

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Medical training


Internal Medicine

University of South Carolina
Columbia , SC


Internal Medicine

WellStar Atlanta Medical Center-Atlanta Campus
Atlanta , GA

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My hospitals

I have admitting privileges at the following hospitals:

1000 Johnson Ferry Road, Ne, Atlanta, GA 30342

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