Premier Medical Associates Welcomes René J. Rivera, M.D. as Gastroenterologist

PITTSBURGH, PA – July 27, 2012 – Premier Medical Associates, the largest multi-specialty practice in the greater Pittsburgh region, has announced that René J. Rivera, M.D. has joined the PMA team as a gastroenterologist.

“At Premier Medical Associates, our physicians are focused on providing the highest quality care coupled with efficiency and value for our patients,” said Mark DeRubeis, CEO of Premier Medical Associates. “With that goal in mind, we continue to grow our gastroenterology team and are thrilled to offer the expertise Dr. Rivera brings to our patients.”

Based in Premier’s One Monroeville Center location, Dr. Rivera’s work as a gastroenterologist includes caring for patients who suffer from diseases that affect the digestive system, including celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and food intolerances. His work also includes diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy and specialized care for a multitude of diseases and disorders of the digestive system. Dr. Rivera joins Dr. Irving Gottfried who joined the practice as a gastroenterologist in 2011.

Dr. Rivera gained his M.D. from the Weil Medical College of Cornell University and completed her Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He has also completed a fellowship in Clinical Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic, and holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences & Chemistry from Fordham University.

Before joining Premier Medical Associates, Dr. Rivera worked as a clinical nutrition specialist at the Digestive Diseases Institute of the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

About Premier Medical Associates

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. Premier’s goal is to build a close, long-term relationship between patient and physician that will reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and lead to healthier lives.

Formed in 1993, Premier Medical Associates has a team of over sixty physicians in ten convenient locations offering specialties that include: asthma/allergy/immunology, behavioral health, cardiology, family medicine, gastroenterology, general and breast surgery, hospitalists, internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, podiatry, radiology and sleep medicine. For more information about our philosophy of healthcare, team of physicians and locations, please go to or call 412-457-0060.