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Dr. Joshua David Rovin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joshua Rovin's specialties are general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Rovin has indicated that his clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and pacemaker. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of Louisville School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Abdominal Surgery, Lung Resection, Pacemaker, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Jefferson Alkire, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1201 South Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mark Alkire specializes in vascular surgery, trauma surgery, and thoracic surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Alkire's clinical interests: lung cancer, nerve block, and esophageal surgery. He is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University, Dr. Alkire attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Clinical Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Nerve Block, Aneurysm, Lung Cancer, Lung Surgery, Esophageal Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 28
  • Charge (avg.): $2,551 - $3,048
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $548 - $641
Dr. Richard Shawn Gordon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
1258 W Bay Drive; Suite E
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Richard Gordon practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Largo, FL, Dunedin, FL, and Safety Harbor, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and biopsy. Dr. Gordon is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, Dr. Gordon attended medical school at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Gordon's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Clinical Interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Surgical Procedures, Hernia, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Appendectomy, Biopsy, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $2,092
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $697
Dr. Barry Lynn Winton, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
1345 W Bay Drive; Suite 304
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Barry Winton's specialties are general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. Dr. Winton is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Health System. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Winton honors. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Methodist Hospital of Indiana and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic surgery, minimally invasive thoracic surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis, Non-Invasive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

Dr. Blaine Richard Heric, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Blaine Heric works as a cardiothoracic surgeon in Clearwater, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. These areas are among Dr. Heric's clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, bypass surgery, and thyroid surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. He is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. He trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic for residency. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Lung Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. John C Ofenloch, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. John Ofenloch is a specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. He works in Clearwater, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Ofenloch's clinical interests include bypass surgery, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Hyperhidrosis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ashraf Ragab's specialties are spine surgery, complementary and alternative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Clearwater, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Ragab average 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and cervical (neck) spine problems. 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. Ragab graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. In addition to English, Dr. Ragab (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ragab's office for an appointment.

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Featured message: Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Spinal Procedures, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spine ... (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 surgeon and orthopedist. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Pigeon's areas of expertise include back pain, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive spine surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Pigeon performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. In addition to English, Dr. Pigeon (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

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

Dr. William Charles Cottrell, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
8839 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 240
Largo, FL
 

Dr. William Cottrell, who practices in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Cottrell's clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Cottrell obtained his medical school training at the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. The average patient rating for Dr. Cottrell is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 39
  • Charge (avg.): $2,678 - $4,526
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $186 - $1,130
Dr. George Alan Morris III, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. George Morris is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. After completing medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Morris's clinical interests include back pain, knee problems, and foot problems. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Morris is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Lower ... (Read more)

Dr. Gordon H Zuerndorfer, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1831 N Belcher Road; Suite G-1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Clearwater, FL. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Zuerndorfer's clinical interests include knee problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laser surgery. Dr. Zuerndorfer is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zuerndorfer takes. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Foot Surgery, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Implant Surgery, Shoulder Problems, ... (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 specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Clearwater, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Piazza include knee problems, scoliosis, and knee replacement. Patient ratings for Dr. Piazza average 3.5 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Penn State College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Piazza is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Back Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Richmond Whiddon, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. David Whiddon specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and practices in Clearwater, FL, Trinity, FL, and Safety Harbor, FL. He has a special interest in knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Whiddon 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. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a graduate of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth's residency program. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Hip ... (Read more)

Dr. Romeo Docena Acosta Jr., MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
9677 Seminole Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Romeo Acosta is a general gynecologist in Saint Petersburg, FL, Lauderdale, FL, and Seminole, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cancer, and fibroids. Dr. Acosta is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Physicians Surgery Center. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, Dr. Acosta performed his residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 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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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Birth Control Implant, Hysteroscopy, Contraception, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Thomas Herrick, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4820 Park Boulevard N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Richard Herrick is a specialist in hand surgery, foot & ankle surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is especially interested in foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Herrick graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Herrick (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $2,153
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $487
Dr. Yves Andre Gabriel, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Yves Gabriel is a specialist in vascular surgery. Dr. Gabriel's clinical interests include leg pain, abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), and carotid artery disease. He 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. He attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center for residency. Dr. Gabriel (or staff) is conversant in Haitian Creole and French. Dr. Gabriel's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , endovascular surgery

All Interests: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Endovenous Laser Ablation, Varicose Veins, Leg Pain, Carotid Artery ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $9,362
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,054

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What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is surgery performed using tiny tools and several small incisions instead of one large one. First performed in the 1980s, minimally invasive surgery has now become commonly used for all kinds of procedures because it offers so many benefits over traditional surgery.

Since minimally invasive surgery minimizes the amount of injury that a patient experiences by avoiding a large incision, it typically results in fewer issues after surgery. There tend to be fewer stitches needed, less scarring, less pain, a faster recovery time, and a lower risk of infection. Some minimally invasive procedures even require less anesthesia than usual.

There are three main types of minimally invasive surgery:
  • Laparoscopic surgery, where several small incisions are made. A tiny camera is inserted into one, and the surgeon looks at the procedure on a video screen while moving tools through the other openings.
  • Endoscopic surgery, which is performed using an endoscope. An endoscope is a thin, hollow tube that contains a camera. It can be inserted either through a small incision or an existing opening such as the nose. Tiny tools can be passed through the tube to the area that needs to be worked on.
  • Robotic surgery, which uses tools that are even smaller and more precise than laparoscopic tools. The tools and camera are inserted through a small opening, and then the surgeon controls the robot from a computer in another room.

Minimally invasive surgery is not the right choice in every situation. However in many cases, it makes surgery less difficult to handle.
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