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Rheumatologists To Join Tryon Medical Partners


  • Dr. Diane George, Dr. Alison Johnson and Dr. Jill Zouzoulas to become full partners with Tryon Medical Partners, enabling the practice to offer patients its 7th medical speciality.

CHARLOTTE — Today Tryon Medical partners, the Charlotte region’s largest internist-based medical practice, announced that three rheumatologists — Dr. Diane George, MD, FACR, Dr. Alison Johnson, MD, FACR and Dr. Jill Zouzoulas, MD, FACR — will be joining the practice as full partners.

The doctors gave their 90-day notice of resignation to Charlotte-based Arthritis & Osteoporosis Consultants of the Carolinas on Aug. 29, 2019.

“These rheumatologists were previously with Atrium Health’s Mecklenburg Medical Group, and are already well known to virtually all of our practice’s doctors,” said Tryon Medical Partners CEO Dr. Dale Owen, who is also a cardiologist with the practice. “We are pleased to again have them as close colleagues, and look forward to offering patients a full suite of in-house capabilities in rheumatology care.”

To provide patients easy access to the rheumatologists, the doctors will be located at three separate Tryon clinics across Mecklenburg County. Each of the three clinics will be upfitted with an Infusion Center to be used by the rheumatologists to treat arthritis and related illnesses.

“Dr. George, Dr. Johnson and I are eager to rejoin our friends and former colleagues as full partners at Tryon Medical Partners,” said Dr. Zouzoulas. “We have watched Dr. Owen and his colleagues at Tryon with great interest since they split from Atrium Health in 2018, and are impressed with what they have accomplished in making the doctor-patient relationship central to medicine. We look forward to again become a member of their team.”

The doctors’ new and existing patients can register with Tryon and make appointments with the three rheumatologists by calling Tryon’s patient representatives at 704-900-6225.

Tryon Medical Partners

Tryon Medical Partners is a doctor-owned and financed medical practice currently with 64 internists and 25 specialty physicians covering cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, pulmonary and sleep medicine. On Sept. 12, 2019, the practice announced that 7 family practice doctors will join the practice on Dec. 2, 2019, and practice at Tryon’s new clinic on 924 Cox Road in Gastonia.

New patients can continue to join Tryon Medical Partners online at tryonmed.com, or by calling 704-495-6334. Tryon Medical Partners accepts all major medical insurance carriers.

In June 2019, Tryon Medical Partners announced “Tryon Direct” to self-insured mid-sized and large businesses in the Charlotte region. This new offering provides participating businesses with unlimited and same day appointments with their primary care physicians — and will enable participating businesses to reduce their overall healthcare costs by 15-25% annually. Tryon Direct’s sales efforts are led by Patrick Brady, who most recently was the director of major and national accounts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

More information about the practice is at tryonmed.com and on Facebook.