Rheumatology Division

Learn more about Premier Medical Group’s Rheumatology division in the Hudson Valley


Ticks & Lyme Disease – A Guide for Preventing Lyme Disease

What Is Lyme Disease? Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of an infected deer tick. Untreated, the disease can cause a number of health problems. Patients treated with antibiotics in the early stage of the infection usually recover rapidly and completely. What Are the Symptoms of Lyme Disease? The early symptoms...
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Premier Rheumatologist – Dr. Sheeja Francis is now Seeing Patients at our new Washingtonville Location!

Premier is happy to announce that Rheumatologist – Dr. Sheeja Francis is now seeing patients at our new Washingtonville location 90 East Main Street, Suite 1, Washingtonville, NY 10992 To make an appointment please call #845.614.0700
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Can Smoking Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Yes… and there is so much evidence! Research studies show a strong link between smoking and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.   Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders caused by the immune system’s lack of self-control.  The immune system is designed to attack foreign invaders to the body such as bacteria, viruses,...
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Premier Medical Group Welcomes 2 New Physicians

Premier Medical Group is Pleased to Announce That 2 New Physicians Have Joined Our Group.   Dr. Sheeja Francis is a board certified Rheumatologist that specializes in state-of-the-art management of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and many other musculoskeletal and autoimmune disorders.  Dr. Francis will be seeing patients at Premier’s Newburgh (327 Fullerton Avenue)...
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Lupus: The Great Imitator

Most people with the disease can lead normal, high-quality lives, despite their symptoms and the potential side effects of treatment. Lupus is a disease that has been chronicled since the days of Hippocrates. Though modern science has identified it as a chronic autoimmune disease, there is still no cure. In lupus, as in other autoimmune diseases, the...
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New Treatments and Tips for Protecting Your Joints

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic autoimmune and inflammatory disorder that can affect multiple joints, causing pain, stiffness and swelling and eventually cause damage and deformity. The goals of treatment are to reduce symptoms, slow progress of the disease and preserve joint health and integrity. Traditional management involves initiating therapy with disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDS)...
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