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We found 25 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). He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, kidney problems, and da vinci surgery. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Frontera attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Frontera's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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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 practices adult infectious disease in Sterling Heights, MI, Plymouth, MI, and Southfield, MI. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Granados's clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is affiliated with St. Mary Mercy Livonia, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Henry Ford Health System. Before completing her residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Granados attended medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She takes AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Fadi Eliya practices urology (urinary tract disease). He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. Areas of expertise for Dr. Eliya include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), cryotherapy, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Eliya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Botsford Hospital.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic Disorders, Kidney Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jerome Edwin Seid, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1901 Star Batt Road
Rochester Hills, 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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Dr. Thomas Joseph Forbes, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
1101 W University Drive
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Thomas Forbes specializes in pediatric cardiology and practices in Detroit, MI, Clinton Township, MI, and Rochester, MI. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Forbes include heart problems, newborn care, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Forbes attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Forbes has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. He is professionally 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. Geoffrey J Gladstone, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
75 Barclay Circle; Suite 105
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstone's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Gladstone is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: plastic surgery procedures and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and Genesys Health System. Dr. Gladstone attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Sinai Hospital of Detroit for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Gladstone is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Vinay Kunar Malviya, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
1135 West University Drive; Suite 310
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Vinay Malviya specializes in gynecologic oncology and practices in Southfield, MI, Rochester, MI, and Novi, MI. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Malviya's areas of clinical interest consist of gynecological problems, colposcopy, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. Dr. Malviya attended medical school at Grant Medical College. He trained at Grant Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals and Long Island Jewish Medical Center for residency. Dr. Malviya (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Malviya's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. William John Cushing, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
44199 Dequindre Road; Suite 504
Troy, MI
 

Dr. William Cushing sees patients in Saint Clair Shores, MI, Madison Heights, MI, and Troy, MI. His medical specialty is adult cardiology. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Cushing's areas of expertise include the following: holistic medicine, heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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

Dr. Paul Chuba sees patients in Rochester, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Warren, MI. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. His clinical interests include lung cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and gynecologic cancer. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Chuba completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Chuba is conversant in German. He 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. Clifford Landis Weldon, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
43200 Dequindre Road; Suite 105
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Clifford Weldon is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. He is especially interested in heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive cardiology. Dr. Weldon honors several insurance carriers, including AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine and National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena. His medical residency was performed at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Dr. Weldon is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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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's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before performing his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, Dr. Sabir attended King Edward Medical University for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Sabir (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is affiliated with 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

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

Dr. Cynthia Browne specializes in radiation oncology. Dr. Browne (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. Her clinical interests include holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Browne's professional affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. She studied medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Dr. Browne's residency was performed at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. She honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as 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 sees patients in Auburn Hills, MI and Madison Heights, MI. His medical specialty is general surgery. Dr. Hares's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Hares include obesity, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Dr. Hares graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then he 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. He 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. Howard C Joondeph, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
375 Barclay Circle
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Howard Joondeph specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) and practices in Rochester, MI, Macomb, MI, and Warren, MI. These areas are among Dr. Joondeph's clinical interests: macular degeneration, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He honors AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Joondeph's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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

Dr. Benjamin Chen is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. He works in Roseville, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Macomb, MI. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chen include pelvic reconstructive surgery, labor and delivery (childbirth), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chen accepts. In addition to English, he speaks Chinese. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Dr. Mahmoud Al Hadidi, MD
Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2498 S Rochester Road
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Mahmoud Alhadidi is a medical specialist in sleep medicine and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alhadidi include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Alhadidi takes AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. Dr. Alhadidi (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Weight Loss, 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.