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We found 62 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Preferred Plus near Chesterfield, MI.

Dr. Hanna Michel El-Khouri, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
1030 Harrington; Suite 101
Mt. Clemens, MI
 

Dr. Hanna Khouri's specialty is pediatric cardiology. His areas of expertise consist of newborn care, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and fetal echocardiography. Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khouri honors. Dr. Khouri's education and training includes medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. His professional affiliations include Garden City Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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Dr. Thomas Giancarlo, DO
Specializes in Vascular Neurology, Pain Medicine, Neurophysiology
19699 East Old; 8 Mile Road
Clinton Township, MI
 

Dr. Thomas Giancarlo works as a vascular neurologist, pain doctor, and neurophysiologist in Clinton Township, MI, Saint Clair Shores, MI, and Utica, MI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Giancarlo include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, sleep apnea, and stroke. Patients gave Dr. Giancarlo an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Giancarlo attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. His residency was performed at Botsford Hospital and Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. He is conversant in Italian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care.

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Dr. Gregory Victor McIntosh, MD, DO
Specializes in Urology
19991 Hall Road; Suite 201
Macomb, MI
 

Dr. Gregory McIntosh's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. McIntosh include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and kidney problems. Dr. McIntosh is affiliated with McLaren Health Care, Botsford Hospital, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. McIntosh's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).

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Dr. Christopher Nicholas Zingas, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
45441 Heydenreich
Macomb, MI
 

Dr. Christopher Zingas is a medical specialist in foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Zingas is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, bunion surgery, and diabetic foot ulcers. Dr. Zingas's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Zingas honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Zingas attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Zingas speaks Greek.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Bunion Surgery, Hammer ... (Read more)

Dr. Leonidas Petros Moschouris, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
25650 Kelly Road; Suite 13
New Baltimore, MI
 

Dr. Leonidas Moschouris' area of specialization is general pediatrics. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Moschouris include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, asthma, and pulmonary function test (PFT). Dr. Moschouris is affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan. In addition to English, Dr. Moschouris speaks Greek.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Pulmonary Function Test, Allergies, Asthma

Dr. Jerome Edwin Seid, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
11885 East 12 Mile Road; Suite 100a
Macomb Township, MI
 

Dr. Jerome Seid sees patients in Grosse Pointe, MI, Macomb, MI, and Warren, MI. His medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. These areas are among Dr. Seid's clinical interests: urologic (genitourinary) cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and palliative care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Before completing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Seid attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Seid takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Urologic Cancer, Blood Disorders, Palliative Care, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher Robert Provenzano, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 404
Macomb, MI
 

Dr. Christopher Provenzano is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Provenzano is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He trained at Beaumont Hospitals for his residency. His areas of clinical interest consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. Dr. Provenzano accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Ultrasound, Hypertension, Kidney Problems, Blood ... (Read more)

Dr. Chad Richard White, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics
Comprehensive Women's Care; 30030 23 Mile
Chesterfield, MI
 

Dr. Chad White practices obstetrics. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise consist of labor and delivery (childbirth), non-invasive procedures, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. White's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and Henry Ford Health System. Dr. White accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. He trained at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital for residency.

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Dr. Kami Michele Kefalonitis, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
46591 Romeo Plank; Suite 225
Macomb Township, MI
 

Dr. Kami Kveton's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kveton include labor and delivery (childbirth) and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Kveton's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Kveton honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. She trained at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit for residency. She speaks Greek.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Labor and Delivery

Dr. Cheryl Ann Wesen, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 306
Macomb Township, MI
 

Dr. Cheryl Wesen's areas of specialization are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Clinical interests for Dr. Wesen include holistic medicine, breast surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Wesen is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and a graduate of Brooke Army Medical Center's residency program. She has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Breast Surgery, Holistic Medicine

Dr. Raymond Thomas Quasarano, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
Comprehensive Women's Care; 30030 23 Mile
Chesterfield, MI
 

Dr. Raymond Quasarano's specialties are obstetrics and gynecology. He practices in Clinton Township, MI, Detroit, MI, and Chesterfield, MI. He speaks Italian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Quasarano include labor and delivery (childbirth), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pregnancy. Dr. Quasarano's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Quasarano graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Dr. James A Brown, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
30030 Twenty Three Mile Road
Chesterfield, MI
 

Dr. James Brown specializes in dermatology (skin disorders) and practices in Detroit, MI, Chesterfield, MI, and Grosse Pointe, MI. Dr. Brown's areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), contact dermatitis, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. Patient reviews placed Dr. Brown at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Sarcoidosis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Acne, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathleen Ann Rheaume, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
23 Mile Road
Chesterfield, MI
 

Dr. Kathleen Rheaume's medical specialty is family medicine. Her areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Rheaume is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. She attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She trained at Beaumont Hospitals for residency. Dr. Rheaume's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Angela May Messina, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
Comprehensive Women's Care; 30030 23 Mile
Chesterfield, MI
 

Dr. Angela Messina is a general obstetrician and gynecologist. In her practice, Dr. Messina focuses on labor and delivery (childbirth), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pregnancy. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Messina studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Messina honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Labor and Delivery, Pregnancy, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Roger R Abiragi, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
25650 Kelly Road; Suite 13
New Baltimore, MI
 

Dr. Roger Abiragi is a pediatrician in New Baltimore, MI and Roseville, MI. In addition to English, Dr. Abiragi (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. Dr. Abiragi's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. His residency was performed at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Abiragi is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. Dr. Abiragi has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Julie Marie Surhigh, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 303
Macomb, MI
 

Dr. Julie Surhigh is a pediatric endocrinologist. Dr. Surhigh is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. She takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Surhigh has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, X-Rays

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What is Bloodless Medicine?

For a variety of reasons, some people feel strongly about refusing blood transfusions and blood products. Bloodless medicine is an emerging medical practice that seeks to provide full medical care, including surgery, for these patients without the use of transfusions.

There are many legitimate reasons why a patient might wish to refuse blood products. Perhaps the most well known are the religious beliefs of certain groups, especially Jehovah’s Witnesses. But religious beliefs are not the only reason someone might choose bloodless medicine. Some of these reasons include:

  • Ethical decisions about the limited supply of blood available
  • Patients with rare blood types may not have access to donor blood
  • Fear of receiving the wrong blood type, which can cause a significant allergic reaction
  • Concerns about infectious diseases that could possibly infect the blood supply, such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Epstein-Barr, or Mad Cow Disease

When it comes to surgery, bloodless medicine succeeds by increasing the amount of red blood cells a patient produces before surgery, replacing any lost blood with fluids, carefully managing the patient’s health during surgery, and meticulously controlling blood loss so that as little bleeding as possible occurs.

Preparation begins by increasing the number of red blood cells the patient produces, so that any loss during surgery will not be as harmful. Patients may be instructed to eat iron-rich foods, given iron supplements, or given medications to increase their hemoglobin. The least invasive surgical procedures available will be chosen, as they require tiny incisions.

During surgery, patients are often positioned on a slope with their head lowered, to protect their brain from any blood loss. Their blood pressure may be lowered and their body temperature raised to reduce bleeding. They may be given 100% oxygen to help a reduced number of red blood cells carry sufficient oxygen to their body. Modern surgical tools are used that cauterize any broken blood vessels as soon as they are cut, in order to minimize blood loss.

Sometimes, a technique known as hemodilution is used. A portion of blood is removed from the patient at the beginning of surgery and replaced with fluids, diluting the blood circulating within the body. If bleeding occurs during surgery, the blood lost is this dilute blood, and not as critical. After surgery, the pure blood is replaced. In some cases blood that is lost during surgery can also be collected, cleaned, and returned to the patient.

Not all surgeries can be performed bloodless, but most can, including:

  • Open heart surgery
  • Liver transplants
  • Urinary tract surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Hip and knee replacements
  • Brain surgery

Despite all the precautions taken, during any surgery there is the possibility of unexpected hemorrhage. A hemorrhage, or severe episode of bleeding, can be life threatening without the help of transfused blood. Before any surgical procedure, it is important to make a plan with your physicians about what steps you would like them to take, or not take, in case the unexpected happens.