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We found 24 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Choice near Rochester, MI.

Dr. Juan Rene Frontera-Castillo, MD
Specializes in Urology
1202 Walton Boulevard; Suite 211
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Juan Frontera's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Frontera's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, kidney problems, and da vinci surgery. Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Frontera honors. He attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Dr. Allison Kay Granados, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1854 W. Auburn Road; Suite 200
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Alison Granados is an adult infectious disease specialist. Her areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Granados's professional affiliations include St. Mary Mercy Livonia, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Henry Ford Health System. She honors several insurance carriers, including AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP). She graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University and then she performed her residency at Beaumont Hospitals. In addition to English, Dr. Granados speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Thomas Joseph Forbes, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
1101 W University Drive
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Thomas Forbes sees patients in Detroit, MI, Clinton Township, MI, and Rochester, MI. His medical specialty is pediatric cardiology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Forbes include heart problems, newborn care, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Forbes accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He attended Creighton University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for residency. Dr. Forbes has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Heart Problems, Newborn Care

Dr. Fadi Antwan Eliya, MD
Specializes in Urology
1701 South Boulevard E; Suite 340
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Fadi Eliya is an urologist in Livonia, MI, West Bloomfield, MI, and Commerce Township, MI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Eliya include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), cryotherapy, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Eliya takes. His education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at Beaumont Hospitals. In addition to English, Dr. Eliya (or staff) speaks Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Botsford Hospital.

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Dr. Geoffrey J Gladstone, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
75 Barclay Circle; Suite 105
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstone is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gladstone include plastic surgery procedures and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gladstone honors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and Genesys Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Facial Problems, Plastic Surgery Procedures

Dr. Paul Joseph Chuba, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1901 Star Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Paul Chuba's area of specialization is radiation oncology. Dr. Chuba is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chuba include lung cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and gynecologic cancer. Dr. Chuba is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks German. He is affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Dr. Jerome Edwin Seid, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1901 Star Batt Road
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Jerome Seid's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. These areas are among his clinical interests: urologic (genitourinary) cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and palliative care. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Seid is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Seid is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Dr. Vinay Kunar Malviya, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
1901 Star Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Vinay Malviya is a gynecologic oncology specialist in Southfield, MI, Rochester, MI, and Novi, MI. Patient ratings for Dr. Malviya average 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: gynecological problems, colposcopy, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Malviya is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Grant Medical College and then he performed his residency at Grant Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Malviya (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and Garden City Hospital.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Da Vinci Surgery, Gynecological Problems

Dr. Cynthia Holland Browne, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1901 Star Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Cynthia Browne is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. Dr. Browne's education and training includes medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Her areas of expertise include the following: holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. She is professionally affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Dr. Howard C Joondeph, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
375 Barclay Circle
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Howard Joondeph is a medical specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His clinical interests include macular degeneration, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He takes AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Joondeph completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Dr. William John Cushing, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
44199 Dequindre Road; Suite 504
Troy, MI
 

Dr. William Cushing, who practices in Saint Clair Shores, MI, Madison Heights, MI, and Troy, MI, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cushing include holistic medicine, heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cushing accepts. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Dr. Benjamin Shian-Ben Chen, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1349 South Rochester Road; Suite 125
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Benjamin Chen's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. In addition to English, he speaks Chinese. Dr. Chen's areas of expertise include pelvic reconstructive surgery, labor and delivery (childbirth), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Chen is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Mustafa Abdul-Karim Hares, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
3100 Cross Creek Parkway; Suite 160
Auburn Hills, MI
 

Dr. Mustafa Hares' specialty is general surgery. Patients gave Dr. Hares an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: obesity, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Doctors' Hospital of Michigan, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Damascus. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Hares is professionally affiliated with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Dr. Abdulrahman R Effendi, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
42755 Mound Road
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Abdulrahman Effendi is a specialist in adult nephrology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Effendi include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. He honors AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Effendi attended medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. He speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Dr. Clifford Landis Weldon, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
43200 Dequindre Road; Suite 105
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Clifford Weldon practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Weldon graduated from CETEC University School of Medicine and National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena and then he performed his residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He is especially interested in heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive cardiology. He accepts AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Dr. Deborah Diane Hamby, MD
Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1349 South Rochester Road; Suite 125
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Deborah Hamby practices general obstetrics & gynecology in Roseville, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Rochester, MI. She obtained her medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. These areas are among Dr. Hamby's clinical interests: labor and delivery (childbirth), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and mammogram (breast X-ray). Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hamby's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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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.