About Dr. Gowda


Dr. Pallavi Gowda is an osteopathic internal medicine physician who holds strongly to the oath that she took in medical school to preserve the health and wellness of her patients. Her greatest priority is to maintain an optimal state of both physical and emotional well-being for her patients. She received her medical degree from Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine and Masters of Health Administration degree from George Washington University. Her interests are in cardiovascular disease, osteopathic manipulation for musculoskeletal disorders/ sports medicine, obesity management, cancer screening and geriatrics.

Dr. Gowda’s residency training was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and Bluefield Regional Medical Center. She has served as Assistant Medical Director to the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee at WRAMC. She was stationed in Fort Meade, MD at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center where she served as a Chief Medical Officer in Force Health Protection. While in the military, she received numerous awards such as the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Superior Unit Award.

Most recently, she worked for MedStar Health as a primary care physician where she was awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Physician Practice Connections Patient-Centered Medical Home Program (PPC-PCMH). Dr. Gowda was awarded a Leading Physicians of the World by The International Association of HealthCare Professionals in 2015. She has published articles in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology- Cardiovascular Imaging and Transplantation. She is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and Association of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. Gowda lives in Potomac, Maryland with her husband and two young children. She is passionate about fitness and is a marathon runner and certified Zumba instructor.

A Message from Previous Owner, Dr. Martha Kern


Dr. Pallavi Gowda will be my successor and will lead our practice into the future. Her training extends far beyond the norm and her years of medical practice make her the best partner to help transition my retirement. Our staff has been working with Dr. Gowda since July and we have all seen her wonderful bedside manners as well as her excellent medical skills. This promises to be an exciting transition now and in the future. Thank you in advance for extending your support and trust in her. My retirement will include enjoying my grandchildren and travel, both long standing interests."