We found 7 urologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver near Safety Harbor, FL.
Dr. James Zachary is a Safety Harbor, FL physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include kidney stones and urinary tract infection (UTI). Dr. Zachary is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Zachary takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at UNC Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University.
Clinical interests: Kidney Stones, Urinary Tract Infection
Dr. Michael Szostak is an urologist in Safety Harbor, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Szostak include kidney stones, urinary tract infection (UTI), and robotic prostatectomy. Dr. Szostak's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Szostak trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center for residency. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.
Clinical interests: Kidney Stones, Urinary Incontinence, Robotic Prostatectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Urinary Tract ... (Read more)
Dr. Paul Arnold works as an urologist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in sexual dysfunction and robotic surgery. Dr. Arnold's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Arnold completed a residency program at Ohio State University Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Arnold is 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Arnold has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.
Clinical interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Sexual Dysfunction, Penile Cancer, Pelvic Organ ... (Read more)
Dr. Martin Richman specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Richman include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and sexual dysfunction. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Richman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.
Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Sexual Dysfunction, ... (Read more)
Dr. Lonnie Klein is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Klein's areas of expertise include the following: cryotherapy, female incontinence, and kidney stones. The average patient rating for Dr. Klein is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Klein is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.
Clinical interests: Cryosurgery, Female Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Laser Surgery, Kidney Problems, Stress Urinary ... (Read more)
Dr. Chad Hubsher works as an urologist. Dr. Hubsher is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University, Dr. Hubsher attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine.
Dr. Donald Bergner's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bergner accepts.
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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.