Primary Care is dedicated to the care of people across all ages, genders, for all parts of the body. Through this branch of medicine, patients and their families can receive medical care that spans their entire lives while also developing strong relationships with our family care team. At Premier Medical Associates, our practice also offers select subspecialties of primary care to enhance your care, including pediatrics, gynecology, orthopedic manipulations, and geriatrics.

Sometimes, our health reaches a point where basic preventive care is no longer enough to help you live a healthy, happy life. For adults in need of specialized primary care that focuses on treating adult illnesses, diseases, and chronic conditions, primary care is often a more suitable choice than a family practitioner.

At Premier Medical Associates, we understand how health needs can evolve and change with time. Our primary care practitioners will work with you to realize a comprehensive overview of your individual goals, habits, medications, and more. We place special focus on preventive care, health screenings, treatment and management of diseases and chronic conditions as part of a personalized plan. If you need an primary care physician, schedule an appointment with us and get started today.

Premier Medical Associates, an affiliate of the Allegheny Health Network, is the largest multi-specialty physician practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Our primary care team includes 26+ providers in seven locations, providing care with select evening and Saturday hours. Contact us to schedule a visit at our One Monreoville Center, North VersaillesPenn Hills, Monroeville, Irwin, Golden Mile Highway, or Forest Hills office.

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FAQs on Primary Care

What Is Family Medicine?

Family medicine (formerly called family practice) is a branch of medicine designed to provide basic healthcare to all members of a family, regardless of their age. Your family medicine physician is trained to deliver the best possible care by evaluating you as a whole, interconnected person, as opposed to treating specific organs or body parts.

What’s The Difference Between Family Medicine and Internal Medicine?

Family medicine is centered around treating the family social unit for all health conditions, whereas internal medicine is centered on the unique needs of adults for specific organs (ex. reproductive, cardiovascular, etc.) Essentially, a family medicine specialist is trained to evaluate, diagnose and treat the whole spectrum of medical conditions that could occur to any member of a family. Whether the issue is related to behavioral health or dermatological issues, a family medicine doctor is equipped to provide the appropriate course of care (and can provide a referral to advanced specialist care as needed).

The differences between these two branches of medicine may seem minimal, since the majority of patients both for internists and family practitioners are adults. However, these two types of doctors go through different types of training (and family member doctors often see patients of all ages). 

Through their training, an internist has chosen to focus specifically on a range of sciences that allows them to care for adult patients, including ophthalmology, psychiatry, rheumatology, and endocrinology. So if you are an adult who wants comprehensive care from one doctor, internal medicine may be the right choice for you.

NOTE: At Premier, we've combined the specialties to create one primary care division.

What Are Some Of My Health Risks As An Adult?

As our bodies age, we become more vulnerable to certain types of conditions and diseases. Some of the most common risks and age-related ailments are:

  • Deteriorating eyesight (degeneration, cataracts, etc)
  • Hearing loss
  • Chronic migraines
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • High cholesterol
  • Kidney disease
  • Cancer, especially chronic lymphocytic leukemia

What Should I Expect From A Visit With Your Team?

Premier Medical Associates, an affiliate of the Allegheny Health Network, is the largest multi-specialty physician practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area. We are proud to have a large team of skilled doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants on staff that serve our patients in five different locations throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area. You can expect a personalized visit focused on your specific concerns any time you visit us.

    What Will An Internal Medicine Doctor Do For Me? 

    A doctor specializing in internal medicine can provide care on a wide variety of fronts. As your practitioner, your internist will help you to develop a unique, comprehensive care plan that works for you on every level. 

    Premier Medical Associates, an affiliate of the Allegheny Health Network, is the largest multi-specialty physician practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Our internal medicine doctors will work with patients and focus on the unique blend of preventive care, health screenings, treatment, and management of diseases and chronic conditions needed to improve their quality of life. From accurate diagnoses to an individualized treatment plan, your doctor will work with you every step of the way.

    Our primary care team includes 30+ providers in seven locations, providing care with select evening and Saturday hours. Contact us to schedule a visit at our One Monreoville Center, North VersaillesPenn Hills, Monroeville, Irwin, Golden Mile Highway, or Forest Hills office.