Premier Medical Associates Adds Rheumatology Specialty led by Baowei Tang, M.D.

PITTSBURGH, PA - February 13, 2013 – Meeting a demand in the community, Premier Medical Associates (PMA) has announced that Baowei Tang, M.D., has joined the company’s Internal Medicine team as a Board certified Rheumatologist.  Based in the One Monroeville Center location, Dr. Tang will see patients with acute and chronic conditions and diseases of the immune system including inflammatory arthritis, lupus/autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis and other complicated diseases impacting bones and joints. His work will include the use of state-of-the-art diagnostic tools including musculoskeletal ultrasound and novel treatment options.

"At Premier, our team is focused on providing a full continuum of care that keeps our patients healthy and out of the hospital," explained Mark DeRubeis, CEO. "With more than 100,000 patients throughout the region, it was clear that this market does not have enough rheumatologists to accommodate patient need. The addition of rheumatology is critical to our model of care and we are very pleased to welcome Dr. Tang to our team."

Dr. Tang received his Masters Degree of Science from the Graduate School of Peking Union Medical College, and his Medical Degree from the Medical School of Southeastern University in Nanjing, China. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, IN, and a fellowship in rheumatology from the University of Tennessee.

Prior to joining the Premier Medical Associates team, Dr. Tang worked as a Rheumatologist with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Stockton, California. He is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, a member of the International Society of Clinical Densitometry, a member of the American Medical Association and a member of the San Joaquin Medical Society.

About Premier Medical Associates

With a focus on building better care, Premier Medical Associates is the largest multi-specialty practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area. In a healthcare environment of constant change, the physicians at Premier Medical Associates are committed to preventative care and creating value for every dollar a patient spends on healthcare. As one example, Premier's model has shown proven results with their diabetic patients, who are 48% less likely than the national average to be admitted to the hospital.

Formed in 1993, Premier Medical Associates has a team of over eighty providers in ten convenient locations offering specialties and sub-specialties that include: asthma / allergy / immunology, behavioral health, cardiology, family medicine, gastroenterology, general and breast surgery, hospitalists, internal medicine, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, podiatry, radiology, rheumatology and sleep medicine. With more than 300 employees, the company touches the lives of more than 100,000 patients. For more information about our philosophy of healthcare, team of physicians and locations, please go to www.premiermedicalassociates.com or call 412-457-0060.