We found 33 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Rochester, MI.

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

Dr. Juan Frontera practices urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Frontera include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and da vinci surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After completing medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Sami Elias Al Assmar, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
44645 Mound
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Sami Asmar's specialty is general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Asmar's clinical interests: diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and women's health issues. His professional affiliations include St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Henry Ford Health System. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Asmar is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of McLaren Regional Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Asmar (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French.

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

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstone's area of specialization is ophthalmic plastic surgery. Patients gave Dr. Gladstone an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Gladstone 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. He honors several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before completing his residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit, Dr. Gladstone attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Steven Mark Arbit, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Electrodiagnostic Medicine
1135 West University Drive; Suite 425
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Steven Arbit sees patients in Rochester, MI, Commerce Township, MI, and Bloomfield Hills, MI. His medical specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and electrodiagnostic medicine. Patients rated Dr. Arbit highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: electrophysiological (EP) study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pain management. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He trained at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital for his residency. Dr. Arbit has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Arbit is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Sports Health, Electromyography, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Valal Koruthu George, MD
Specializes in Urology
1202 Walton Boulevard; Suite 211
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Valal George's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. George (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Tamil. Dr. George's areas of expertise include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for residency. He accepts Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Seid include urologic (genitourinary) cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and palliative care. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Seid honors. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Seid's 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. Vinay Kunar Malviya, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
1901 Star Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Vinay Malviya's area of specialization is gynecologic oncology. Dr. Malviya attended medical school at Grant Medical College. His residency was performed at Grant Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gynecological problems, colposcopy, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Malviya accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Fadi Antwan Eliya, MD
Specializes in Urology
1701 South Boulevard E; Suite 340
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Fadi Eliya's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Eliya include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Eliya trained at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Eliya (or staff) is conversant in Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. Dr. Eliya's hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Providence Health System.

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

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

Dr. Thomas Forbes is a pediatric cardiology specialist in Detroit, MI, Clinton Township, MI, and Rochester, MI. Dr. Forbes has a special interest in heart problems and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Creighton University, Dr. Forbes attended Creighton University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include 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

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

Dr. William Cushing specializes in adult cardiology. His areas of expertise include holistic medicine, heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Cushing completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Cushing is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Dr. Jefrey Ralph Alan Fishman, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 250
Troy, MI
 

Dr. Jefrey Fishman, who practices in Troy, MI and Novi, MI, is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. Dr. Fishman's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Summa Akron City Hospital's residency program.

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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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Joondeph include macular degeneration and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Joondeph accepts AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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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, who practices in Grosse Pointe, MI, Warren, MI, and East China, MI, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Before performing his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, Dr. Sabir attended King Edward Medical University for medical school. Dr. Sabir is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Sabir (or staff) speaks Urdu. 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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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Samir Subhi Al-Hadidi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
28351 Schoenherr
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Samir Al-Hadidi's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Arabic. In Dr. Al-Hadidi's practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He graduated from the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Al-Hadidi completed a residency program at Jordan University Hospital. Dr. Al-Hadidi accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Paul Chuba is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and gynecologic cancer. Dr. Chuba is affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Chuba is conversant in German.

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

Dr. Cynthia Browne specializes in radiation oncology. Before performing her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Browne attended the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Browne is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Her professional affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, 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.

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