About

Dr. Andrew Sugantharaj,

Dr. Andrew Sugantharaj has been helping people within the East Tennessee area live happier healthier lives since 1995. Dr. Sugantharaj’s philosophy of hard work and diligence was inherited from his parents who paved the way to success themselves and encouraged him to do the same. Dr. Sugantharaj grew up in Knoxville and earned his BS in Biology from Wheaton College of Illinois. He then went on to earn his medical degree, and completed his residency at East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine in 1992.

Dr. S (as his patients affectionately call him) has almost 20 years of experience and specializes in Internal Medicine and Hospital Critical Care. He began work as a hospitalist at Methodist Medical Health Center in Oak Ridge, and after 9 years accepted an opportunity in 2003 to aid in the development of Baptist Hospital West (now Tennova Turkey Creek Hospital) with their critical care and inpatient program. Dr. Sugantharaj continued to gain experience as the director of “The Hospitalist Group” at Baptist Hospital West.

Inspired by his personal connection to each and every patient, Dr. Sugantharaj is now the founder of Complete Family Care of Knoxville, TN. He works directly with each patient to build rapport and actively listen to their concerns to effectively meet their individual needs. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Sugantharaj also has a narcotic addiction recovery program which allows him to take Complete Family Care one step further in providing the standard of care for the Knoxville community.

Dr. Andrew Sugantharaj is focused on patient care, and his passion is to empower people to take control of their health to lead happier, healthier lives. When he is not focused on patient care, Dr. Sugantharaj enjoys fitness, hiking the Smokies, riding his motorcycle, time with family and friends, and being an active member in his church ministry. As he often quotes: “You can only be responsible for your effort; you cannot control the outcome. Therefore, put forth your utmost daily!”

Education:
Wheaton College, Wheaton IL. 1983-1987.  Bachelor of Science (Biology)
University of Tennessee Knoxville 1987-1988. Microbiology (no degree)
East Tenn State University (Quillen College of Medicine) 1988-1992. Medical Doctorate
East Tenn State University, Internal Medicine Residency. 1992-1995.
Work History:
Floating emergency room coverage 1993-1995 in the Tri-cities region.
Hospitalist/Critical Care:   1)Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge TN. 1995-2003.
2) Baptist West (Turkey Creek Medical Center) 2003-2007.
3) Complete Family Care of Knoxville 2007-present.
Biography:
My mother was one of the first of two female Ob/Gyn surgeons in Knoxville. Her name still resonates in my practice today, although she retired over 20 years ago.  Five of her brothers and sisters are , and even my grandfather was a doctor.  This rich legacy has been a positive influence in my life and career.
Today, I emphasize partnership and teamwork, and focus on treating the whole patient.  It is not possible to provide someone good care unless they are willing to make the effort to do their part as well.  Treating chronic health issues (such as Diabetes, Obesity, Emphysema, Pain) can be difficult.  It requires good communication and teamwork.
Managing your diet, controlling other medical issues, stopping smoking, doing therapeutic exercises daily, and a positive mindset and attitude all play an important role in chronic health conditions.
My years as a hospital and critical care specialist (Hospitalist) gave me the opportunity to treat patients alongside all the medical specialists and surgeons.  This experience has made me a more knowledgable Internist.  As we care for our community, we strive to utilize all available resources.  Through communication and education, we build a relationship with our patients for years to come.

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