This month, North Ohio Heart & Ohio Medical Group welcomes the well-respected Neelima Kale, MD, PhD, MBA. While the eight letters that follow her name are impressive, her capability to get to know her patients on a level that most are not used to with their health care professional and her ability to make them instantly feel comfortable are what truly make her stand out. She comes to NOH & OMG from South Russell Family Practice in South Russell, Ohio, where she practiced a full spectrum of family medicine. Nominated as one of the Best Doctors in Cleveland in both 2008 and 2009, Dr. Kale will be practicing family medicine at our Westlake and Rocky River locations.
Dr. Kale’s Passions
I decided on family medicine because that is where you see the undifferentiated patient,” she says. “I have an innate curiosity about patients, and I want to get to know them. I build relationships with the people I see.” Dr. Kale says she currently cares for a span of four generations. “There is a lot of variety in the acuteness and severities of the things I treat, and I enjoy that.” She says she also enjoys performing preventative care: “It makes a difference in the patients’ lives.” But her all-time favorite thing to do? “My favorite responsibility is the newborn exam,” she says, “because you get to see families at their happiest times.”
Going Above and Beyond
Dr. Kale is an extremely driven individual, going beyond just earning her PhD to also securing an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. While she was teaching at the Case School of Medicine, she was the medical director of the Department of Family Medicine. “I thought I needed more skills than what I received with my PhD,” she says. “I wanted to understand medical financing, too.” So she proceeded to earn her MBA with a focus in Health Systems Management. “This helped me to understand incentives and how to keep a practice viable,” she says. “It helped me run the financial part of the practice without compromising the quality of the practice or our mission to educate.” It also helped her evaluate new technologies that could benefit the practice and its patients.
New Patients Welcome
Dr. Kale will be taking on new patients at the west side locations. “I offer a full spectrum of family medicine,” she says. “We take care of our patients in the office and in the hospital, so we offer continuity. We can handle 80 to 90 percent of what walks through our doors including acute injuries and fractures, so we don’t just automatically refer patients somewhere else.”