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 is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Frontera's areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and da vinci surgery. His professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. 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. Dr. Frontera accepts Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
44645 Mound
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Sami Asmar's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Asmar's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and women's health issues. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Dr. Asmar (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. Dr. Asmar's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Henry Ford Health System.

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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 is an ocular plastic surgeon. Dr. Gladstone's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and collagen injections. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Gladstone performed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and Genesys Health System.

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All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Botox Injection, CO2 Laser Treatment, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Valal George's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. George trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for residency. Dr. George (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Arabic, and Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Infertility, Ultrasound, Vasectomy, Pelvic Pain, ... (Read more)

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's areas of expertise include gynecological problems, colposcopy, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. After completing medical school at Grant Medical College, he performed his residency at Grant Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Malviya (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Malviya is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and Garden City Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

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

Dr. Steven Arbit's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and electrodiagnostic medicine. He practices in Rochester, MI, Commerce Township, MI, and Bloomfield Hills, MI. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Arbit include electrophysiological (EP) study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pain management. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Arbit takes. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Arbit is professionally 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. Fadi Antwan Eliya, MD
Specializes in Urology
1701 South Boulevard E; Suite 340
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Fadi Eliya sees patients in Livonia, MI, West Bloomfield, MI, and Commerce Township, MI. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Eliya completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. Areas of expertise for Dr. Eliya include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Eliya (or staff) speaks the following languages: Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. His hospital/clinic 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. Thomas Joseph Forbes, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
1101 W University Drive
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Thomas Forbes' specialty is pediatric cardiology. His areas of expertise include the following: heart problems and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Forbes is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Forbes's education and training includes medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine and residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Creighton University. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Jefrey Fishman sees patients in Troy, MI and Novi, MI. His medical specialties are plastic surgery and hand surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Fishman is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans, and more. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Fishman's training includes a residency program at Summa Akron City Hospital.

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All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Botox Injection, ... (Read more)

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). He has a special interest in macular degeneration and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Joondeph attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. He is affiliated with 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 is an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Grosse Pointe, MI, Macomb, MI, and Warren, MI. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His areas of clinical interest consist of 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 takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. 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. Samir Subhi Al-Hadidi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
28351 Schoenherr
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Samir Al-Hadidi's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at Jordan University Hospital, Dr. Al-Hadidi attended the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Al-Hadidi is affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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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's area of specialization is radiation oncology. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Chuba trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and gynecologic cancer. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Chuba speaks German. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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

Dr. Cynthia Browne is a radiation oncologist in Rochester, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Warren, MI. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Browne is especially interested in holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, 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 is a specialist in adult cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Cushing include 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. Dr. Cushing attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Cushing's professional affiliations include 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 area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. On average, patients gave Dr. Chen a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chen include pelvic reconstructive surgery, labor and delivery (childbirth), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. In addition to English, Dr. Chen speaks Chinese.

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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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