Ava A. Kaufman, MD

My Philosophy and Approach to Wellness...

I believe in treating all patients the way I would like to be treated; with kindness, consideration, and the most expert medical care. My staff and I enjoy getting to know our patients well, knowing not just their medical problems, but their social situations, their concerns, and their preferences. Our goal is to not just treat the immediate problems (although we do that!), but to work on keeping our patients as healthy as possible. We work in partnership with our patients to optimize their physical and emotional well-being. We believe in preventive care, both by appropriate screening and by encouraging healthy habits. In older patients we emphasize maintaining independence and quality of life. We are available by phone, email, and fax to our patients and their families, and work in close coordination with the best specialist physicians both locally and in referral centers. Our goal is your goal; to maintain your health so you can enjoy your life.

Physician Profile


Yale University
New Haven, CT
Bachelor of Arts 1975
Medical School
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
Doctorate of Medicine 1979
George Washington University Hospital
Washington, DC
Internal Medicine 1979-1982
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Master of Public Health 1984



Professional Society Memberships

American College of Physicians
American Medical Association
Maryland Medical Association
Montgomery County Medical Association

Professional Affiliations and Appointments

Chairman, Department of Medicine, Suburban Hospital
Owner, Bethesda Internal Medicine and Geriatrics 1997-present
Internist, Woodburn Internal Medicine Associates 1992-1997
Internist, Yater Medical Group 1990-1992
Internist, Internal Medicine Associates 1986-1990
Physician in Charge, Preferred Medical Center of Henry Ford Hospital System 1984-1986
Instructor, Wayne State University School of Medicine 1983-1984

Hospital Affiliations

Suburban Hospital

Honors and Awards

Number One Rated Physician by Patients, Washington Consumers Checkbook
Top Doctor, Washingtonian Magazine


American Board of Internal Medicine
Fellow, American College of Physicians
Geriatric Medicine

Patient Testimonials

  • Member: mary ann

    Dr. Ava Kaufman listens to my complaints and responds with answers or suggestions. She expresses concern if I do not visit needed ...

  • Member: Barbara

    Dr. Kaufman is a very caring physician who goes above and beyond what other physician provide. She stays up to date on my health c...

  • Member: Kendra

    Dr. Kaufman has been my doctor for a number of years. She is a warm, sympathetic caretaker as well as a very competent physician....