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Rakesh Sarma, M.D.

STARTING FEBRUARY 2023
Internal Medicine Doctor
Sandy Springs, GA

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Previous Experience
Sarma Integrative Medicine, Chief Medical Officer
Piedmont Medical Care Corporation, Georgia
Military Examining and Processing Station Physician
Inpatient Psychiatry Hospitalist
Primary Care Physician in Arizona and Oregon

Favorite Part About Being a Doctor?
"The educational aspect. I enjoy connecting with people about their health, bringing out a whiteboard, and drawing and explaining different aspects of their condition from different perspectives – dietary, emotional, medicinal, and whatever else is needed so that they have a deeper understand of their condition and their orientation towards improving it."

About Dr. Rakesh Sarma

As a board-certified internal medicine physician in Sandy Springs, GA, Dr. Rakesh Sarma integrates traditional medicine, functional medicine, and holistic medicine to deliver customized care for every patient.

"To me, a person’s health cannot be boiled down to a pharmaceutical solution or a supplement solution alone," Dr. Sarma says. "People aren’t just biochemical processes waiting to be adjusted. My goal is to help patients understand their health and help them find the right strategy to achieve their goals."

He has nearly 20 years of experience helping adults manage diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, inflammatory conditions, thyroid issues, osteoporosis, arthritis, depression, anxiety, asthma, and allergies, among other common health problems.

Dr. Sarma combines clinical and holistic care with a focus on coaching and education to help patients improve their health and live their best life. He has trained in several coaching modalities – including enneagram coaching, co-active coaching, and somatic experiencing – which allows him to tailor his approach for each patient.

When a conventional approach may not completely address a patient's concern, Dr. Sarma introduces a functional medicine approach to help find the root causes of your physical imbalances together with comprehensive intake assessments and laboratory analysis.

This includes examining questions like:

  • How does the biochemistry of your body affect your health?
  • Are your adrenals taxed and causing fatigue?  
  • How is your gut health?  
  • Are you absorbing or lacking in certain key nutrients in your diet?  
  • Is your thyroid function or blood sugar metabolism off?

In addition to being board-certified in internal medicine, Dr. Sarma is certified by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and the Institute of Functional Medicine.

He previously operated his own practice – Sarma Integrative Medicine – in Sandy Springs.

Dr. Sarma will start seeing patients at PartnerMD in late February 2023. 

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Dr. Sarma's Philosophy of Care

Dr. Sarma’s approach to care developed during his education and training more than 20 years ago.

"I knew there was an aspect of the traditional training and education that did not fully capture how I wanted to care for patients," he says. "That’s how I developed a passion for holistic medicine, integrative medicine, and wellness coaching."

Through care and coaching, Dr. Sarma helps patients find the inspiration to see what needs change, what can be changed, and assists patients in overcoming the obstacles to that change.  

"I help my patients examine their personal choices and find their own authenticity and resilience," he says. "I want them to truly understand what they value and how it may actually be informing the choices that lead away from good health."

Dr. Sarma has found that there are many approaches that can help patients understand their own health.

"For example, in addition to eating well, experiencing nature, and spending time with my family, health for me is also about working on my inner self and learning how I choose to react or respond to life’s stressors," Dr. Sarma says.

"I also know that what health means to me does not necessarily mean it means the same to anyone else. So as a physician, I’m passionate about helping others understand what health means to them."

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Dr. Sarma: Beyond the Exam Room

Dr. Rakesh Sarma lives in Atlanta, GA, with his beautiful wife, Priya, and daughter, Rani. They are huge foodies and love experimenting in the kitchen.

Dr. Sarma specifically loves creating salads and trying new spices and herbs to achieve different tastes. That said, he’ll admit it’s also difficult to pass up a nice plate of nachos.

Dr. Sarma and his wife also love hiking and traveling. Niagara Falls is one of Dr. Sarma’s favorite places he’s been, but he enjoys visiting any body of water, particularly rivers.

He also has an affinity for places in India, including Thiruvannamalai and Kashi. On his bucket list for travel are the Alhambra in Spain and Mount Kailash in northern India.

Finally, Dr. Sarma practices yoga and meditation daily. “It helps keep me centered, even as life throws its petals or curveballs my way,” he says.  

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Ready for a better healthcare experience?

Start your journey to a better healthcare experience today. Complete this form and a membership expert will contact you via phone and/or email within 2 business days.

*Dr. Sarma will start seeing patients at PartnerMD in February 2023. 

Filling out this form is just the start of the process. Watch this video to find out what happens next.

Become a Member

Ready for a better healthcare experience?

Start your journey to a better healthcare experience today. Complete this form and a membership expert will contact you via phone and/or email within 2 business days.

*Dr. Sarma will start seeing patients at PartnerMD in February 2023. 

Filling out this form is just the start of the process. Watch this video to find out what happens next.