Husband and Wife Physicians Retire After More Than 30 Years of Service

Staff Report From Albany CEO

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

For over three decades, Gandhiji Y’Chili, MD, and Samrajya Gogineni, MD, have been devoted to the practice of medicine and serving the citizens of southwest Georgia. Recently, the husband and wife team decided to retire – Dr. Y’Chili from Phoebe Gastroenterology and Dr. Gogineni from Phoebe Primary Care.
“While we are losing two amazing physicians, I am reminded of how much the community has benefited from them. Their commitment to patients is unwavering and they will be greatly missed,” said Suresh Lakhanpal, MD, President of Phoebe Physicians.
Dr. Y’Chili, who was born and raised in India, came to Albany in 1983 and was the founding provider of Albany Gastrointestinal Clinic. In 1998, the clinic merged becoming Albany Gastroenterology, PC and later joined Phoebe Physicians creating Phoebe Gastroenterology.
He has served on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s medical staff since December 1983 and provided leadership as the director of Phoebe’s Digestive Disease Center. Throughout his career Dr. Y’Chili has been a leader in the area of gastroenterology. He helped champion Phoebe’s colorectal cancer screening initiative, is a member of the American College of Physicians and American Gastroenterological Association, as well as the Medical Association of Georgia, Dougherty County Medical Society and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
“Dr. Y’Chili is someone who was dedicated to his craft and his patients. Together we made a difference, we achieved many goals and pushed each other to be the very best we could be. It has been a phenomenal ride and I could not imagine doing it with anyone else,” added Ira Knepp, MD, Phoebe Gastroenterology.
Dr. Gogineni, an internal medicine physician, has been a part of Phoebe Physicians for the past 11 years – serving the community at Phoebe Primary Care at Laurel Place in Leesburg. Dr. Gogineni, also born and raised in India, completed her externship and internal medicine residency at Prince George’s General Hospital in Maryland.
Prior to joining Phoebe, she worked at Turner Job Corps Center practicing medicine for 11 years before becoming the Health Services Director in 1995. She then went on to serve as the corporate consultant for Management and Training Corporation.