Rheumatology Division

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


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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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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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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