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, Cellulitis, 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, Hyperhidrosis, Hypothyroidism, Impotence, Influenza (Seasonal flu), Ingrown toenail, Insect bite, Insomnia, Keloids, Knee injuries, Limb swelling, Localized swelling, Meningitis, Menopause, Menstruation problems, Metrorrhagia, Nausea and Vomiting, Age 12 and Older, Osteoarthritis, Otitis externa, Otitis media, Pain in limb, Peptic ulcer disease without obstruction, Peripheral vascular disease, Pigmented lesions, Pneumonia, Pregnancy, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, Rash, Age 12 and Older, Rhinitis, allergic, Rosacea, Rotator cuff tear, Sebaceous cyst, Shortness of breath, Sinusitis, Skin disease, 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 (120 Ratings, 28 Comments)

70

04/30/2015
She is an excellent doctor. The only thing that keeps me from giving her higher ratings is her "bed-side manner" could be a litlle better. Other than that she's great!
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

04/29/2015
Dr. Nagappan always asks if I have any questions and answers them in an easy-to-understand manner.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

04/22/2015
she is an excellent doctor, she listened to me and resolve my health problems.
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100

04/12/2015
She is an excellent physician - a warm and caring person!
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03/30/2015
doctor was abrupt and hard to understand and referred me to the ER for tests that she could have done
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

03/17/2015
Very pleased with my provider!!!
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

02/26/2015
the front check in desk, the nurse, the Dr. and lab tech were all caring and professional.
Providence Health & Services Patient
50

02/25/2015
Whenever I go to this office, there is usually a long lineup at the front desk. Sometimes I am late for my appointment.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/17/2015
I have always been treated very well with my provider I have been seeing her for quite awhile as well as my family she is always kind and thougtful
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100

02/17/2015
Very positive experience on each visit.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

01/28/2015
I appreciated that I could see the doctor the same day I called. I was please with her and would be very comfortable seeing her again in an emergency or when my regular provider retires.
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01/20/2015
NEED MORE TIME TO BE SPENT WITH PATIENT AND EXPLAIN MORE ABOUT THE PAIN OR DRUG OR .... ESPECIALLY WHEN I TALK THEY REALIZED THAT I AM A FOREIGNER SO THEY ARE NOT AS PATIENT AS A NATIVE LANGUAGE SPEAKER
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12/23/2014
She listened to and addressed all my concerns. I felt she truly cared and was not judgemental.
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90

12/05/2014
My only issue was that I needed to fast for a blood test for my physical. My appointment was in the afternoon. I called the office to see if it would be alright for me to have my blood taken earlier and was told that that would be okay to do. When I arrived at the lab, they told me that they didn't have any orders from the doctor to take my blood and that the doctor wanted to see me first. So I was a bit annoyed at this miscommunication and having to come to the office twice that day.
Providence Health & Services Patient
70

12/02/2014
I felt not enough time was spent by the doctor with me and the exam was not adequate. I have the impression that the doctor was constrainted by the insurance to spent the minimum possible time with me and perform the minimum checks on me. The annual check up used to be a lot more comprehensive when I was much younger than now.[...]
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11/23/2014
My Doctor is great.
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100

11/16/2014
Dr. Nagappan is a very caring, concerned doctor who listens to me and responds with clear answers.
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100

10/22/2014
very efficientlong wait for dermatology appointment
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100

10/22/2014
I am extremly confident with the care that I recieve from Dr Nagappan. I will refer her to all of my relatives and friends for care. She is a wonderful Doctor.
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

10/13/2014
No bad experiences. Dr. Nagappan is an excellent doctor and my relationship with her has always been positive.
Providence Health & Services Patient
60

10/05/2014
This medical provider seems generally respectful and kind. However, she did not give me very detailed information about specific health concerns I have given my family history. I was given "easy to understand" information generally about a medical condition. Yet, it was not new information or very specific to my concerns. Specifically, it did not address underlying genetic issues. Rather than explaining why I should or should not be concerned about certain factors, this provider just kept almost ignoring my questions and dismissively telling me they were not a concern. Two other doctors had told me to be concerned and one had prescribed medication in the past. Being generally dismissive rather than taking the time to explain why one had reached a certain conclusion or disagree with other diagnoses is not simply not helpful.
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100

09/24/2014
She has probably saved my life twice or more.
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60

09/09/2014
This was the first time I have seen a doctor in years, I thought they would want to know more about what is going on, such as, ordering lab work or asking more questions regarding my health.
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

08/31/2014
Dr. Nagappan is a caring and competent physician. She does stick to her schedule so, without making me feel she doesn't have enough time for me, she does make it clear time is up-in a pleasant way. She also reassures me I can contact her by MyChart or make another appointment if needed. In the last few months I have only needed to see her infrequently due to improved health, but three times have had to see another provider because she was out of town or fully booked. For my most recent visit I had to insist on seeing her rather than another physician so had to wait for an appointment.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

08/29/2014
[...] I'm so grateful for Dr. Nagapan accepted a new patient like me . she is a good listener , she adjust my medication to resolve my hypertension problem and my follow check is after one month [...].
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

08/27/2014
She was one of the best and attentive doctors I have ever experienced. Her care and concern regarding my health and well being was extremely commendable. I am so thankful to have her as my primary health care provider.
Providence Health & Services Patient
60

08/26/2014
I feel as though your office is comparable to a big box store, it's okay and satisfied my need to be seen, but not very personable. I compare it to a Wal-Mart visit. I would like to have a doctor who isn't rushed for time, who doesn't limit my concerns to 3 without making me come back or refer me out for every issue.
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90

08/13/2014
My specific doctor is great. She listens to me, and orders appropriate tests after we've discussed my symptoms. She is aware of long term or chronic issues I have and is keeping that in mind when dealing with a more acute situation.
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