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We found 35 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's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). 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. His areas of expertise consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, kidney problems, and da vinci surgery. Dr. Frontera takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is conversant in Spanish. 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. Sami Elias Al Assmar, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
44645 Mound
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Sami Asmar practices general internal medicine in Warren, MI and Sterling Heights, MI. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Asmar trained at McLaren Regional Medical Center for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Asmar include diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive care. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Asmar accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Asmar (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. His professional affiliations include St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Henry Ford Health System.

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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. 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. She takes AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Northeast Ohio Medical University for medical school, she completed her residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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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 works as an urologist in Livonia, MI, West Bloomfield, MI, and Commerce Township, MI. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Beaumont Hospitals' residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Eliya include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), cryotherapy, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Eliya (or staff) speaks Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. Dr. Eliya is professionally affiliated with 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. 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's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in plastic surgery procedures and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gladstone attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He trained at Sinai Hospital of Detroit for his residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gladstone is professionally affiliated with 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. 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Seid include 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. Dr. Seid accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Seid has received the distinction of 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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric cardiology. He attended Creighton University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for residency. Dr. Forbes's clinical interests encompass heart problems, newborn care, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Forbes 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. Vinay Kunar Malviya, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
1135 West University Drive; Suite 310
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Vinay Malviya works as a gynecologic oncologist in Southfield, MI, Rochester, MI, and Novi, MI. Patients gave Dr. Malviya an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include gynecological problems, colposcopy, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and Garden City Hospital. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Malviya takes. He attended Grant Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Grant Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Malviya (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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

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

Dr. Steven Arbit is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) specialist in Commerce Township, MI, Bloomfield Hills, MI, and Rochester, MI. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include electrophysiological (EP) study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pain management. Dr. Arbit is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. Before performing his residency at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, Dr. Arbit attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Arbit has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and St. John Providence Health System.

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

Dr. William Cushing works as a cardiologist. Areas of expertise 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. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Cushing completed a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. 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. Samir Subhi Al-Hadidi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
28351 Schoenherr
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Samir Al-Hadidi's specialty is adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Al-Hadidi is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Jordan University Hospital's residency program. He speaks Arabic.

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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 practices radiation oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and gynecologic cancer. Dr. Chuba's professional affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Chuba attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. He speaks German.

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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 a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Sabir (or staff) speaks Urdu. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Sabir is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He is a graduate of King Edward Medical University and a graduate of Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University's residency program. Dr. Sabir is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Browne has a special interest in holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her professional affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Before performing her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Browne attended the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Dr. Browne accepts 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 practices general surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Clinical interests for Dr. Hares include obesity, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Hares's professional affiliations include Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. After attending the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Hares completed his residency training at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Doctors' Hospital of Michigan, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Damascus. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant.

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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. Dr. Joondeph has a special interest in macular degeneration, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is an in-network provider for AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.