We found 9 spine surgeons who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold EPO near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr. Ragab
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1988 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ashraf Ragab works as a spine surgeon, alternative medicine practitioner, and orthopedic surgeon. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ragab include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and cervical (neck) spine problems. Dr. Ragab is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Ragab is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has an open panel. He attended Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the University Hospitals, Cleveland. He speaks Spanish.

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Featured Message: Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Clinical interests: Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Cervical Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard George Pigeon, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Richard Pigeon's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Clearwater, FL and Trinity, FL. He graduated from Yale School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for his residency. Dr. Pigeon's clinical interests include back pain, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive spine surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pigeon takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Pigeon (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. He is affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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Clinical interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Spinal Procedures, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Eugene Donnelly, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1660 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Donnelly sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spine problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Donnelly is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Donnelly (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and Portuguese. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Bursitis, Spinal Procedures, Back Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Hip Resurfacing, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Robert Piazza, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Piazza's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Clearwater, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Piazza average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Piazza's clinical interests include trigger point injections, lumbar laminectomy, and cervical (neck) spine problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Penn State College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and BayCare Health System.

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Clinical interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Shoulder Fracture, Artificial Disc Replacement, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Elbow ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher James Koebbe, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Christopher Koebbe is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include brain aneurysm, skull base surgery, and craniectomy. Dr. Koebbe is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and BayCare Health System. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Koebbe is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Clinical interests: Lamina Procedures, Neuroendoscopy, Spine Reconstruction, Radiculopathy, Scoliosis, Compression ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott A Webb, DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Scott Webb is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in scoliosis, back pain, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Webb accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His education and training includes medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Laminectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert John Kowalski Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Kowalski specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kowalski completed a residency program at Cleveland Clinic. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Herniated Disc, Laminectomy, Discectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Byron Davidson, DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. James Davidson is a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Clearwater, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, scoliosis, and trigger point injections. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and BayCare Health System. Dr. Davidson is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Doctors Hospital and the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Davidson average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Clinical interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Back Problems, Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ali Zahrai, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ali Zahrai is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Zahrai is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, Dr. Zahrai attended medical school at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zahrai accepts.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Laminoplasty, Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, ... (Read more)

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What is Spine Surgery?

Spinal surgery is the subspecialty that uses surgery to restore the normal function of the spine when things go wrong due to trauma, disease, or other disorders. There are many ways that the spine can begin to hurt or lose the ability to move properly, and surgery is not always necessary. However, when surgery is needed, there’s no one more qualified for the job than a spine surgeon.

Spinal surgery can be considered a subspecialty of either orthopedics or neurosurgery. That means that a spine surgeon may take either path to this specific career, training first as either an orthopedist or a neurosurgeon. Orthopedics deals mainly with the structural issues of the back and spine: the bones, muscles, and joints. Neurosurgery deals mainly with issues of the brain, nerves, and spinal cord. So when choosing a spine surgeon, it is sometimes possible that your surgeon’s background will have a bearing on your particular diagnosis. However, in most cases, it doesn’t matter. Either an orthopedist-spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon-spine surgeon can handle the majority of spine surgeries. What is more important is that some spine surgeons specialize in specific areas of the spine, such as lumbar surgery or cervical surgery. In that case, it is important to connect with a surgeon who is experienced with your particular need.

Some of the surgeries performed on the spine include:
  • Correction of spinal deformities, such as scoliosis
  • Spinal fusion
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery, including decompression surgeries such as discectomy and laminectomy
  • Balloon kyphoplasty, a procedure done to repair compression fractures in vertebrae

The spine is a very complicated piece of your body’s machinery, and a very necessary part of your movement and function. It holds you up and allows you to move. Having a working spine is important, and having a skilled surgeon when you need spinal surgery is critical.
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