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Poornima Kunani, MD

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My specialty:
Pediatrics

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu

My gender: Female

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About me

Welcome to my Web page. It’s important that you and your child get to know your pediatrician, so I hope this information helps you learn a little more about my practice and me.

Biography

I was born and raised in India, and completed my medical studies in the bustling metropolis of Chennai (formerly Madras). I came to the United States after my marriage and lived in the Midwest for a couple of years. We then moved to Long Island, New York, where I did my pediatric residency. We moved to California in 2001, and I have been with Kaiser Permanente since. My husband and I have a son and daughter.

About my practice

I believe in preventive care, in vaccines, and in balancing the science and practicality of modern medicine (I am a mom, too!). I believe that caregivers should be a parent first and their child’s best friend next. I believe in healthy eating and active living, and oversee Kaiser Permanente’s Pediatric Weight Management Program in Kern County. I am a strong proponent of early literacy and oversee the Reach Out and Read Program in Kern County for Kaiser Permanente. I encourage parents to sign up on Kaiser Permanente.org so they can stay involved in their children’s care with my office via email.

How I thrive

Maintaining work-life balance is very important to me. Since my husband is a professional, too, balancing career and kids is always a work in progress! I love to cook and experiment with different cuisines. We travel whenever possible. I am an active participant in my book club. I love music and am trained in Hindustani classical music. Most of all, I enjoy down time with my kids: family dinner, a movie, a morning hike, or just a nice chat with them.

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My office

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My Provider type

Physicians and Surgeons

Medical groups and plans

Southern California Permanente Medical Group

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  • Medi-Cal Managed Care
  • Point-of-Service Plan (POS)
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Pediatrics Department
8800 Ming Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93311

Contact information

  • Advice/appointments/messages
  • 1-877-524-7373 (toll free)
  • California Relay Service
  • 711 (TTY for the hearing/speech impaired)

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My training, certifications and licensing

Medical school

Kilpauk Medical College
Madras

Board certification

Pediatrics

American Board of Pediatrics

Medical training

Internship

Pediatrics

Kilpauk Medical College
Madras ,

Internship

Pediatrics

Nassau University Medical Center
East Meadow , NY

Residency

Pediatrics

Nassau University Medical Center
East Meadow , NY

Joined Permanente Medical Group

2001

Active license information

License number

A75558

License type

PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON

License issuing state

CALIFORNIA

National Provider Identifier (NPI)

1801963624
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This page was last updated on:

11/15/2018