New SMG Physicians

Happy Friday everyone!

SMG is proud to announce the newest members of our group:

Dr. Venkata Bavikati

Dr. Bavikati joined SMG in the practice of Cardiac Electrophysiology in March of 2015.

He earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in Lokmanya, Tilak Municipal Medical College at the University of Mumbai in Mumbai, India.  He completed his Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as his Cardiology and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship.  

He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.  He is also certified by the National Board of Echocardiography.

Dr. Ileana Popa

Dr. Popa will begin her practice of Internal Medicine with SMG on June 1, 2015. 

She received her Doctorate of Medicine from the Universitatea De Medicina Si Farmaci in Bucuresti, Romania.  She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. 

She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine.




Please welcome our newest physicians, and we look forward to serving you!

May is American Stroke Month

Stroke is the #1 cause of preventable disability and the 5th leading killer in the nation.

So what is a stoke, exactly?  According to the National Stroke Association, a stroke is a "brain attack" that can happen to anyone at any time.  It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off.  When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die, causing a loss of the abilities controlled by that area of the brain, such as memory and muscle control.

The effect of a stroke on a person depends of where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much of the brain is damaged.  Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than 2/3 of survivors will have some type of disability.

The main types of stroke include:

  • Hemorrhagic Stroke - occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures
  • Ischemic Strokeoccurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain
  • TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) - caused by a temporary clot; often called a "mini stroke"

Some stroke risk factors are hereditary and unchangeable, while others result from a person's lifestyle.  The leading cause of stroke, and the most important controllable risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure.  

The prevention of stroke begins with managing key risk factors, including high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, atrial fibrillation, and physical inactivity.  Speak with your doctor about possible medical treatments if you're a high-risk patient.

When a stroke occurs, it is critical that you get medical attention right away.  Immediate treatment may minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and prevent death.

Thanks to the American Heart Association, an easy way to remember stroke warning signs is to think F.A.S.T.

  • Face drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Time to call 911


Please join us this month in getting the word out about stroke.  Together we can raise awareness of this disease and help save lives.


For more information about stroke, please visit:

American Stroke Association

National Stroke Association