SANTA ROSA -- St. Joseph Health System--Sonoma County announced that four new primary care physicians will be joining its Annadel Medical Group, a locally owned practice that works exclusively with St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare.

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James Devore, a family medicine specialist, will begin with the group on May. 1, after more than 30 years of experience practicing in Santa Rosa and after serving as director and chairman for several area health care facilities. Additionally, he served as the chairman of the Professional Ethics and Standards Committee for the Sonoma County Medical Association.

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Two internists are also joining the group, Marlon DeCastro and Noel Serrano, both of whom specialized in providing patient-centered care for adults of all ages. Dr. DeCastro previously managed patients with diabetes, and Dr. Serrano has a specific interest in providing care for the elderly.

Rounding out the new hires is Eki Abrams, who recently obtained her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and holds a B.S. in human development and family studies from Cornell University. She will complete her internal medicine residency at Montefiore Hospital in New York this June and will begin with St. Joseph in August.

Earlier in April, the group also hired Bryan Pereira, who specializes in restorative, functional spinal and peripheral nerve surgery, minimal invasive spinal surgery and pain management.

The group now has 21 physicians.

Annadel is one of four medical groups statewide under St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare. Heritage plans to establish a fifth group in Napa County this spring.