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

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 in Clearwater, FL and Trinity, FL. Dr. Pigeon is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include back pain, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive spine surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami, Dr. Pigeon attended Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Pigeon (or staff) is conversant in 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 spine surgeon and neurosurgeon in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Koebbe include scoliosis, brain aneurysm, and intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Northside Hospital.

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

Dr. Ashraf Ahmed Ragab, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1988 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ashraf Ragab specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. He graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the University Hospitals, Cleveland. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ragab include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and cervical (neck) spine problems. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ragab accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Palms of Pasadena Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Robert Kowalski's specialties are spine surgery, neurosurgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kowalski graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Michael Piazza is a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Tampa, FL and Clearwater, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Piazza include trigger point injections, lumbar laminectomy, and cervical (neck) spine problems. Dr. Piazza's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Penn State College of Medicine and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Piazza is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. James Davidson, who practices in Tampa, FL and Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Davidson's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, scoliosis, and trigger point injections. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Doctors Hospital and the University of North Texas Health Science Center for residency.

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Clinical interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Back Problems, Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, ... (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's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Tampa, FL and Clearwater, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spine problems. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Donnelly takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. 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. Dr. Donnelly (or staff) speaks Spanish, Vietnamese, and Portuguese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Largo Medical Center.

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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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. He is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Webb's areas of clinical interest consist of scoliosis, back pain, and minimally invasive spine surgery. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, 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 spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Tampa, FL and Clearwater, FL. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Zahrai accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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