We found 9 urologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum HMO near Palm Harbor, FL.

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Dr. Michael J Szostak, MD
Specializes in Urology
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 300
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Michael Szostak's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Szostak include kidney stones, urinary tract infection (UTI), and robotic prostatectomy. Dr. Szostak's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University and a graduate of the University of Maryland Medical Center's residency program. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical interests: Kidney Stones, Urinary Incontinence, Robotic Prostatectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Urinary Tract ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 300
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. James Zachary is a Safety Harbor, FL physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: kidney stones and urinary tract infection (UTI). Dr. Zachary is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. He studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Zachary trained at UNC Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University for residency. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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.

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Clinical interests: Kidney Stones, Urinary Tract Infection

Dr. Yaser Sedrak Bassel, MD
Specializes in Urology
35095 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Yaser Bassel's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), shock wave lithotripsy, and sexual dysfunction. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bassel accepts. Dr. Bassel attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Bassel speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Cryosurgery, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, Bladder Cancer, Shock Wave Lithotripsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Jacob, MD
Specializes in Urology
35095 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. David Jacob is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). In addition to English, he speaks French. Clinical interests for Dr. Jacob include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), sexual dysfunction, and biopsy. Dr. Jacob's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He attended the University of Missouri and Université Libre de Bruxelles for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for residency. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Jacob takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical interests: Cryosurgery, Erectile Dysfunction, Laser Treatment, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, Prostate ... (Read more)

Dr. Martin B Richman, MD
Specializes in Urology
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 300
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Martin Richman practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Safety Harbor, FL and New Port Richey, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, prostate problems, and sexual dysfunction. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Richman obtained his medical school training at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Richman has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts 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: Prostate Problems, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Sexual Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian D Hale, MD
Specializes in Urology
35095 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Brian Hale, who practices in Palm Harbor, FL and New Port Richey, FL, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Hale's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), sexual dysfunction, and biopsy. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He studied medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Hale's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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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Clinical interests: Cryosurgery, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lonnie T Klein, MD
Specializes in Urology
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 300
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Lonnie Klein is an urologist in Safety Harbor, FL. His education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Klein's areas of expertise include the following: female incontinence, kidney stones, and infertility. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Klein takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Female Incontinence, Cryosurgery, Kidney Stones, Laser Surgery, Kidney Problems, Stress Urinary ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 300
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Chad Hubsher's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). He 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. After completing medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. Dr. Hubsher is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Specializes in Urology
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 300
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Donald Bergner is an urologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Bergner average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bergner takes 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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What is Urology?

The specialty of urology focuses on the structures of the body that produce urine and remove it from the body, such as the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Since related structures in men are responsible for both reproduction and the transportation of urine, urologists specialize in men’s sexual health in addition to disorders of the urinary tract. Urologists treat both men and women, as well as patients ranging in age from newborn to elderly.

Certain urologic conditions are specific to male or female patients. Women are especially prone to stress incontinence, recurrent urinary tract infections, interstitial cystitis (a condition causing pain in the bladder), and urethral diverticuli (a structural issue where a small pouch develops from the urethra into the vagina). Some of these conditions may be adequately treated by a gynecologist, but patients may prefer to see a urologist because of their expertise in the urinary tract system. As for men, male infertility and sexual problems can be treated by a urologist. For example, urologists treat erectile dysfunction with medications or prosthetics. They may also perform surgeries such as vasectomies or vasectomy reversals.

Some other conditions that urologists treat include:

  • Kidney stones, which are mineral deposits that can form anywhere in the urinary tract. The stones can be quite painful, and some large stones may be impossible to expel naturally. Fortunately, kidney stone treatments have advanced quite a bit in recent years, and a urologist may recommend a procedure such as shockwave lithotripsy (where sound waves are used to break down the stones), or percutaneous extraction (where telescopic tools are inserted through tiny incisions in the back to remove the stones). There can be some pain associated with these treatments, but they are far less invasive than the older methods of removal.
  • Urinary tract infections, which are extremely common. However, if they happen over and over again, there may be an underlying problem within the urinary tract.
  • Congenital abnormalities, which refers to problems that are present at birth. Congenital abnormalities affect the genitourinary tract more often than any other system of the body, and they range from mild to severe in appearance and effect. The most common abnormality (in male infants) is cryptorchidism, where a testicle does not descend from the body down into the scrotum. Another common problem is hypospadias, where the opening of the urethra appears on the underside of the penis.
  • Renal disease, which is the loss of kidney function. For patients with renal disease, their urologist may be their primary surgeon or a coordinating member of their care team.
  • Tumors and malignancies, which are especially common in the case of prostate cancer. Urologists are most often consultants to oncologists in these cases.

The American Urological Association recognizes seven subspecialties of urology:

  • Pediatric Urology, the treatment of genitourinary tract disorders in children and infants
  • Urologic Oncology, the treatment of cancers within the genitourinary tract
  • Renal Transplantation, the treatment of severe kidney disease by replacing a non-functioning kidney with a donor kidney
  • Male Infertility, the treatment of infertility due to problems with sperm, semen, or male sexuality
  • Calculi, the treatment of kidney stones
  • Female Urology, the care of women’s urinary health
  • Neurourology, the treatment of urinary disorders caused by problems with the nervous system. For example, certain voiding disorders happen when the bladder does not receive signals appropriately, and erectile dysfunction is sometimes due to nerve loss.

Urinary and sexual problems can be especially distressing for many people. Fortunately, urologists are experts at managing these health conditions.

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