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, 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), Glucose intolerance, Gout, Headaches, Heart murmur, Heartburn, Hematuria, Hemophilia, Hemorrhoids, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Hives, Hyperhidrosis, Hypothyroidism, Impotence, Influenza (Seasonal flu), Ingrown toenail, Insect Bite, Insomnia, Keloids, Knee injuries, Meningitis, Menopause, Menstruation problems, 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
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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. These comments are the views and opinions of patients and are not endorsed by or necessarily reflect the views of Providence.

4.4 out of 5 (153 Ratings, 46 Comments)

100

08/23/2017
Care provider..exellent
100

08/17/2017
I have always had great care and follow up from Dr. Nagappan
30

08/16/2017
Dr. Nagappan is nice as a person, but as a doctor, she only brushed off my symptoms. She was not willing to order any lab work or tests, and her explanation for my symptoms was not satisfactory.
70

08/09/2017
This was my first time seeing this provider, as my Primary Care Provider. I was generally satisfied with my time, but felt like she could have explained and walked me through the exams more thoroughly. During my time in this office I was asked about 3-4 times if I was interested in receiving the HPV vaccine, which I declined every time. I felt like it was being pushed on me despite my disinterest.
60

07/27/2017
Provider never addressed my concern that I made the appointment for. I was a new patient and she spent most of the appointment going over medications. I felt brushed off.
60

07/26/2017
I feel like Nagappan just walks in, looks at the paperwork, tell you what to do and walks out. [...]
90

07/21/2017
Dr. Poombavai Nagapan was well-prepared for my appointment and provided excellent care and appropriate counsel concerning my questions and concerns.
100

06/28/2017
For my first visit as a new patient, I was highly impressed with my doctor and feel confident about being her patient.
80

06/27/2017
Always very helpful
100

06/14/2017
she is great
90

06/10/2017
I was grateful that on the two occasions that I needed to see a doctor, they were able and willing to accommodate. As one who does not go to the doctor frequently, my experience as a new patient at this office has been positive.
90

06/08/2017
my experience was very good. This was my first visit with this doctor.
90

05/17/2017
took care of more than expected on initial visit.
100

05/10/2017
Dr. Nagappan is a concerned doctor who knows my medical history and is excellent in every way.
60

05/10/2017
I feel that we don't connect very well. Not anyone's fault, just the way it is.
100

05/10/2017
I think this doctor is excellent. She's smart, well educated, positive and easy to speak with.
100

04/29/2017
I was nervous to see a doctor different than my own, but I appreciated Dr. Nagapaan's care and directions. In a time of trauma, she was sensitive to my needs.
100

04/26/2017
Dr. Nagappan is an excellent provider and I could not be more pleased with her competence, professionalism, and her manner. [...] I think Dr. Nagappan will be my primary care physician for the rest of my life and probably at the end of my life and I feel comfortable with that. That is a rousing ovation for her.
80

04/26/2017
Communication was challenging. I was in the office to follow up on an ER visit. The office did not provide me with enough information to understand why I needed to be seen; however, when I got there the doc was very attentive and eventually gave me all of the information that I needed. I felt that she was proactive and helpful in ensuring the best overall care possible.
80

04/25/2017
I noticed dr naggapan has been out of the office more and it seems like she's not as focused with my care as before. [...] Hopefully it will pass, my healthcare is detailed and she always seems to get me back on track. I hope this quality continues.
100

04/22/2017
Dr. Nagappan is very pro-active, without being a "pill pusher."
70

03/23/2017
The doctor did not spend much time with me. I felt like a number and was rushed through my physical exam. I voiced my concerns on a couple of health issues and felt like the doctor was in a hurry to move on to another patient. I never got any explanation regarding concerns.
100

03/15/2017
I feel I receive best care always @ every visit!!
90

02/28/2017
love my doctor.
100

02/15/2017
the gal that took my temp etc told me I could use 2 robes in case 1 didn't fit. I'm a size 16. Not a size 40 for goodness sakes. Kind of insulting.
100

02/01/2017
Dr. naggapan is an excellent provider. she is very detailed and thoughtful. I trust her recommendations. I have recommended her to friends.
100

01/26/2017
It is always nice to see Dr Nagapan.
90

01/25/2017
I am very happy with Dr. Naggappan. She is always knowledgeable and helpful.
100

01/10/2017
She's always very nice & thorough.
100

01/08/2017
Dr. Nagappan has always been a excellent doctor. She always listens and always finds the best course of action!
40

12/10/2016
Discovered a mistake in my medical records from 2011, first time I'm aware of it - have been given the run around trying to fix it - NOT MY ERROR. I have called two different people and asked in person twice to have this fixed. That's a total of 4-5 different people I've spoken with either in person or left messages for on the phone. No response from phone calls, no call back after I was told I would hear from a supervisor, nothing. In person I was told to call/talk with someone else. Again none of this was my mistake, yet I'm the one spending my time to take care of it. Dr. Naggapon seemed not to care about it and told me to talk with Providence imaging since it was their error. It was a data entry error on your part. It's now 10 days later and still no response.
100

11/28/2016
My experience was good.
100

11/24/2016
I really like Dr. Nagappan.
100

11/16/2016
This was a MVA and I needed to switch PCPs from Newberg as I had Dr [...] and every time I would call to be seen for anything they would tell me to go to Immediate care in Sherwood so I switched to Scholls so I would be seen by my provider not always being sent to Immediate Care. The Provider was very caring and took care of my needs.
70

11/16/2016
provider very concise. visit lasted less than 5 minutes face to face with physician.
100

11/09/2016
Dr. Nagappan has been extraordinarily helpful in coordinating my care and has helped me to achieve diagnosis and treatment for my medical conditions. She is very competent, compassionate, and a good communicator. She was systematic, logical, and thankfully successful in coordinating specialist referrals, and she provided excellent care and follow-up with motor vehicle injuries. I am truly grateful and I appreciate the genuine care and attention that Dr. Nagappan and the medical and administrative staff at Providence Scholls has provided me.
100

10/26/2016
Dr. Poombavai Nagappan has been responsive to my medical concerns and has provided excellent counsel and guidance for my routine health care.
40

10/26/2016
she is a nice lady but always seems rushed can't understand her sometimes and pretty much just sits at computer typing while we talk and refers me out to a bunch of other doctors. maybe it is just me, but I don't go to the doctor to be sent to another doctor. I'm losing faith that she will help me resolve some of my problems.
100

10/05/2016
Very good
100

10/04/2016
I have always had very good experience with Dr. Nagappan.
70

09/29/2016
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

09/28/2016
I Always am always satisfied with my visits to my care provider.. Excellent care!!
100

09/28/2016
Very thorough. Very prompt in giving results of lab tests and responding to e-mails.
100

09/14/2016
Always pleasant to see. Always listens carefully and gives careful guidance.
100

09/07/2016
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

09/07/2016
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.