Biography & Education

Biography

“I see primary care as the foundation for quality of life,” says Poombavai Nagappan, M.D. “I approach every patient visit as an opportunity to improve that person’s quality of life.” In her practice, she believes in actively listening to her patients, educating them about healthy lifestyles and following up after treatment to make sure her patients are doing better.

A board-certified internal medicine physician, Dr. Nagappan earned her medical degree at Kilpauk Medical College in Madras, India. She completed her internship at Edgewater Medical Center in Chicago, and her residency at St. Louis University Hospital in Missouri.

In her free time, Dr. Nagappan loves to spend time with her family and friends. She particularly enjoys family trips to the mountains and lakes with her husband and two children. Her hobbies include traveling and photography.
Areas of expertise

Internal medicine

Education
Kilpauk Medical College in Madras, India
Languages
  • English
  • Tamil

Care Locations

12442 SW Scholls Ferry Road
Suite 100
Tigard, OR 97223
Fax 503-216-9220

Specialties

Board Certifications
  • Internal medicine
Conditions Treated
Abdominal Pain, Age 12 and Older, Abnormal pap, Abrasion, Acne, Alopecia areata, Anemia, Angina, Anxiety Disorders, Appendicitis, Arthralgia, Arthropathy, Asthma, Atrial fibrillation, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Back and neck pain, Bleeding, rectal, Blood in stool, melena, Breast lump, Bronchitis, Burns, Calluses and corns, Cerumen impaction, Cervical dysplasia, Cervicitis, Chickenpox, Chronic ischemic heart disease, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Congestive heart failure, Conjunctivitis, Constipation, Age 12 and Older, Contact dermatitis, Contusion, Cough, Croup, Cyst of ovary, follicular, Dehydration, Depression, Diarrhea, Diverticulosis of colon, Dizziness, Dysuria, Eczema, atopic dermatitis, Emphysema, Endometriosis, Epilepsy, Failure to thrive, Fatigue, Fever, Age 12 and Older, Fibroid uterus, Fibromyalgia, Gas/bloating, Gastritis, Gastroenteritis, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Genetic disorders, Glucose intolerance, Gout, Headaches, Heart murmur, Heartburn, Hematuria, Hemophilia, Hemorrhoids, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Hives and other allergic reactions, Hyperhidrosis, Hypothyroidism, Impotence, Influenza (Seasonal flu), Ingrown toenail, Insect bite, Insomnia, Keloids, Knee injuries, Limb swelling, Localized swelling, Meningitis, Menopause, Menstruation problems, Metrorrhagia, Moles, Nausea and Vomiting, Age 12 and Older, Osteoarthritis, Otitis externa, Otitis media, Pain in limb, Peptic ulcer disease without obstruction, Peripheral vascular disease, Pneumonia, Pregnancy, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, Rhinitis, allergic, Rosacea, Rotator cuff tear, Sebaceous cyst, Shortness of breath, Sinusitis, Skin disease, Skin infections, Skin ulcers, Sprain/strain: ankle, Sprain/strain: neck, Sprain/strain: shoulder/arm, Strep throat, Sun damage, Sunburn, Synovitis/tenosynovitis, Thrombophlebitis, Tobacco abuse, Tonsillitis, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, Upper respiratory tract infection (URI), Urinary tract infection, Vaginitis/vulvitis, Venous insufficiency, Warts
Services Provided

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.5 out of 5 (141 Ratings, 42 Comments)

70

09/28/2016
Dr. Nagappan is a good record keeper but I sometimes feel she is treating a computer screen and not paying attention to my personal needs. She does a great job making sure I have my referrals sent to specialists and taking care of my prescription requirements. On my last visit I tried to discuss an issue with getting deep breaths when working out and she suggested Yoga breathing to remedy this issue. I feel this issue probably should have had a little more discussion but did not push the issue. Dr. Nagappan is very nice and I have been seeing her for many years. I do not plan on changing Doctors but I would like to be treated as a patient not words and numbers on a computer screen.
100

09/27/2016
I Always am always satisfied with my visits to my care provider.. Excellent care!!
100

09/27/2016
Very thorough. Very prompt in giving results of lab tests and responding to e-mails.
100

09/13/2016
Always pleasant to see. Always listens carefully and gives careful guidance.
100

09/06/2016
i have been a client.of. Dr Naggapan for many years. i have always been treated with compassion,She has helped me, as well as ,my family through very difficult times.
70

09/06/2016
I had other concerns that were not addressed, although I had mentioned them when I was at my wellness exam, and she recommended that I follow up with my PCP.
100

08/23/2016
Always listens, is understandable, really cares, easy to talk to.
100

08/15/2016
I really liked Dr Nagapan she was very supportive and caring and explained everything to me
100

07/31/2016
I love Dr. Nagappan and her wonderful staff. Everyone is always very professional and treat me with the utmost sensitivity. If I need help with anything they are very good about getting me the help I need. always courteous and kind.
30

07/31/2016
My doc talked to me about scheduling a regular colonoscopy. She mentioned that the physician who performed the colonoscopy could ligate my hemorrhoids. She did not examine my hemorrhoids and did not ask me about their condition. When I called to set up the appointment the scheduler told me they could only be ligated if they were internal, something my doc didn't seem to know and had not determined, so I could not move forward. Additionally, my doc said that I should look into getting a vaccine for shingles, and told me to call Providence to see if my insurance covered it. I did so, and then called to schedule the vaccine and I was told I needed my provide to request it. I then emailed my doc to get the referral, which has yet to happen. Both of these things made me feel like she knew very little about my health situation, and even less about the care she was suggesting I pursue.
100

07/27/2016
Dr. Nagappan is so sweet & kind. She is very efficient. I am very happy with her.
100

07/27/2016
My provider was very efficient and took her time. I saw that she was going through lists to ensure all was covered in my appointment. She's a great doctor and I would recommend her to anyone.
80

07/16/2016
[...] I enjoy seeing my doctor but she never is truly warm and I don't feel a true sense of caring from anyone but the receptionists. [...] I feel like everyone is reading from a script. I feel like customer service, though the medical staff probably work long hours and don't get a ton of recognition for the amount of work they do, is still a large part of their job and it is lacking. They could at least walk patients out to the lobby. It's seriously uncomfortable to guess my way down the hallway and not one person smiles or acknowledges your presence. With all of that said I still get the care (and birth control rx) I need, referrals were easily obtained from previous visits, and my doctor addressed each of my concerns adequately.
80

06/27/2016
Referrals were very easy, and it was helpful to have the name and location information of the referred doctors for my reference
100

05/19/2016
Dr. Nagappan is proactive and very professional when I am in her office.
100

05/04/2016
excellant communications with physician and staff, (:
100

05/04/2016
She knows me pretty good, one of the very first visits with her she asked me what I expected from my healthcare. I told her. Over time my goals have changed as she accommodates those as well. Always advises on them
30

05/03/2016
I have diabetes, was trying to explain to her what are my concern and his I am sacred and worried about my high A1C level, all she did was looking at my chart on computer and type and type, all she said was let me know what happens after you meet the endocrinologist?? she didn't let me explain all she did was reading my chart and typing. I wasted $20 for nothing.
100

05/01/2016
It was my first visit with Dr. Nagappan. I loved her!
100

04/24/2016
Dr Nagappan has been my PCP since 2002. I hope she remains as my PCP until I die. She is the best.
90

04/20/2016
Dr. Nagappan is excellent but sometimes she and most other providers have 2 patients. One is a person and the other is the computer. This, I understand, is a difficult problem. [...] The nursing assistant was great even with the immunization.
100

04/10/2016
she is very good at what she doe
100

03/22/2016
My doctor is nice she is a good listener . She is taking care of my health , advising me to eat healthy food low in sodium low in sugar and more excercise.
100

03/15/2016
I am very pleased with the care I have received from my care provider!!
100

03/08/2016
Provider was great. She listened carefully and explain everything clearly. Front desk people are rude and always Seem to be in a bad mood.
90

03/01/2016
My doctor is the best
80

02/28/2016
no wait time.
100

02/23/2016
I can't say enough about how helpful Dr. Naggapan has been to me throughout my [...]. She has also been understanding about the stress in my life and the ways I have been attempting to cope with it all. Thank You!
100

02/22/2016
When I first visited Dr. Nagappan […] with a sore back, she was very quick in getting me an X-ray, an MRI and a referral to an Orthopedic & Fracture Specialist […]. During current follow-up appointments, she has referred me to a physical therapist for help. I'm very pleased with her demeanor and expertise. Thank you.
100

02/15/2016
My Dr. is the best the I could have.
90

02/11/2016
Doctor is good. the people at the front desks are not professional at all. [...]
100

02/09/2016
I have no complaints
100

02/03/2016
Dr Nagappan is the first doctor I've found in my 65 years who was able to refer me to the right specialists to diagnose my lifetime health disorders. She also is the first to check whether I have had all appropriate vaccines and have taken all preventative measures and to talk with me about it. She is efficient and fast, and this takes a little getting used to, but she is effective. My health is better because of her.
90

01/19/2016
She is kind and explains things well. I can tell she keeps up on the latest info about medications. I also like that she is interested in helping with nutrition and diet instead of immediately prescribing drugs for a condition.
100

01/19/2016
Good Experience.
50

01/16/2016
The doctor seemed very rushed and spent most of the appointment looking at computer screen and entering information so I didn't feel I had her complete attention. I know the doctors know the "processes" for sending patients to other departments, but it wasn't clear to me where to go or how to schedule the blood work when I left the office to go for x-rays. I had to ask the x-ray technician for clarity on where to go when I come back for blood work. (I had to come back the next day because I had not fasted). More detailed instructions would be very helpful.
40

12/27/2015
I have had this same issue for over a year. I've seen this provider three times for it and still no change in my care. I have not been taken seriously about this issue. Finally I have a referral, over a year later.
100

12/15/2015
My husband and I think Dr. Nagapon is GREAT ! ! !
100

12/01/2015
Dr. Nagappan is great, the best doctor I've ever had!
100

11/15/2015
Dr. Naggapan is gentle, kind, and caring. She is not judgmental and listens to my concerns. She gives good advice.
60

11/10/2015
good
100

11/08/2015
I LOVE MY DOCTOR-DR NAGGAPAN, I'VE BEEN SEEING HER FOR ABOUT 15 YEARS