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 is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in spine surgery, complementary and alternative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ragab at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and cervical (neck) spine problems. He 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 Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the University Hospitals, Cleveland. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Ragab is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Clinical interests for Dr. Pigeon include back pain, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive spine surgery. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pigeon honors. Dr. Pigeon (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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

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

Dr. Christopher Koebbe is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Koebbe include brain aneurysm, skull base surgery, and craniectomy. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Koebbe attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Koebbe has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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

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

Dr. Robert Kowalski is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon. Dr. Kowalski is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Kowalski attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school.

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

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

Dr. Michael Piazza specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Piazza's training includes a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. Areas of expertise for Dr. Piazza include trigger point injections, lumbar laminectomy, and cervical (neck) spine problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Piazza is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Shoulder Fracture, Artificial Disc Replacement, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Elbow ... (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 is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Donnelly (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Portuguese. Dr. Donnelly is especially interested in back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spine problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Morton Plant Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Donnelly is 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.

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

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

Dr. Scott Webb sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Webb include scoliosis, back pain, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Webb takes. He graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center. He is affiliated with 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. James Byron Davidson, DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. James Davidson is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Clearwater, FL. Before completing his residency at Doctors Hospital and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Dr. Davidson attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. His areas of expertise include back pain, scoliosis, and trigger point injections. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Davidson is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Clearwater, FL. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Zahrai accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zahrai speaks Persian. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Laminoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, ... (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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