We found 23 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 is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Frontera's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and da vinci surgery. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Frontera speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus, and Henry Ford Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

Dr. Mostafa Ibrahim Abuzeid, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
3950 South Rochester Road; Suite 2300
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Mostafa Abuzeid specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology and practices in Rochester, MI and Flint, MI. Dr. Abuzeid's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, endometriosis, and robotic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Abuzeid obtained his medical school training at Ibrahim Pasha University and Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. He is conversant in Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with McLaren Health Care, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Endometriosis, Gynecologic Surgery, Robotic Surgery

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

Dr. Vinay Malviya is a physician who specializes in gynecologic oncology. Dr. Malviya is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of clinical interest consist of gynecological problems, colposcopy, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Garden City Hospital, and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Malviya attended Grant Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Grant Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals and Long Island Jewish Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Malviya (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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

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

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstone specializes in ophthalmic plastic surgery. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gladstone's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and collagen injections. His professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and Genesys Health System. Dr. Gladstone studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Patient ratings for Dr. Gladstone average 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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Thomas Carl Hosey
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, General Podiatry
44344 Dequindre; Suite 420
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Thomas Hosey's areas of specialization are foot & ankle surgery and general podiatry. For his professional training, Dr. Hosey completed residency programs at Harrison Community Hospital and St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hosey takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Cynthia Browne is a radiation oncology specialist in Grosse Pointe, MI, Rochester, MI, and Warren, MI. Dr. Browne's clinical interests encompass holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She studied medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Browne trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. Her professional affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus.

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

Dr. Howard Joondeph is a specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He works in Rochester, MI, Macomb, MI, and Warren, MI. His areas of expertise consist of macular degeneration and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Joondeph attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. Dr. Joondeph is an in-network provider for AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more.

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

Dr. Thomas Forbes practices pediatric cardiology. In his practice, Dr. Forbes focuses on heart problems and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Forbes's training includes residency programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Creighton University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Clifford Weldon is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He graduated from CETEC University School of Medicine and National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena. Dr. Weldon's medical residency was performed at Orlando Regional Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive cardiology. Dr. Weldon is in-network for AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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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 is a specialist in general surgery. He works in Auburn Hills, MI and Madison Heights, MI. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hares include obesity, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Patient reviews placed Dr. Hares at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hares obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Pontiac General Hospital, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Damascus. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus.

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Dr. Gary B Langnas, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
44199 Dequinre; Suite 518
Madison Heights, MI
 

Dr. Gary Langnas' specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He practices in Madison Heights, MI and Troy, MI. He is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Langnas at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, X-Rays

Dr. Gregory James Thomas, MS
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
305 Barclay Circle; Suite 1000
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Gregory Thomas practices oral and maxillofacial surgery. In his practice, Dr. Thomas focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. He trained at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky for residency. Dr. Thomas takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Delta Dental, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Jerome Seid is a physician who specializes in 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 Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus, and Henry Ford Health System. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Seid attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors.

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Dr. Tariq Sabir, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1901 Star Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Tariq Sabir is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Sabir graduated from King Edward Medical University and then he performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Sabir (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Crittenton Hospital Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Paul J 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 conversant in German. Clinical interests for Dr. Chuba include lung cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and gynecologic cancer. He is professionally affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus. Dr. Chuba studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chuba accepts. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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Dr. Abdulrahman R Effendi, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
44645 Mouond Road
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Abdulrahman Effendi, who practices in Roseville, MI and Sterling Heights, MI, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. In his practice, Dr. Effendi focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and hemodialysis. He is affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus, and Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Effendi is in-network for AARP, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Effendi's education and training includes medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He speaks Arabic.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hypertension, Hemodialysis, Dialysis

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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.

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