Rheumatology Division

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


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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Check out the Latest Issue of PremierHealth Magazine!

Our newest issue features informative articles on COPD, Diabetes, Mediterranean Diet, Erectile Dysfunction, and more! Click here to read more!
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Time to Be Wary of Ticks

The summer months are a peak period for Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. By the time you read this, the blacklegged tick that carries Lyme disease and other infections will already be active in the northeast. The risk of Lyme disease—diagnosed in 240,000 to 440,000 new patients every year—demands attention, especially in the Hudson...
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What is Rheumatic Disease and Rheumatology?

An estimated 46 million adults suffer from rheumatic diseases in the United States. These are complex autoimmune and inflammatory diseases that cause the immune system to attack and damage the joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, muscles and sometimes involve damage to internal organs. They cause pain, inflammation, life-changing disability and, in severe cases, can cause or...
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