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We found 36 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 a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Frontera's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, kidney problems, and da vinci surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Frontera is 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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Asmar is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Asmar include diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive care. Dr. Asmar's professional affiliations include St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Henry Ford Health System. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Asmar obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Dr. Asmar (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French.

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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 is a graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Granados trained at Beaumont Hospitals for her residency. She is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Granados honors AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include St. Mary Mercy Livonia, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Henry Ford Health System.

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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 studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Eliya's training includes a residency program at Beaumont Hospitals. His areas of expertise 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) is conversant in Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. Dr. Eliya's 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. Jerome Edwin Seid, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1901 Star Batt Road
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Jerome Seid works as a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Grosse Pointe, MI, Macomb, MI, and Warren, MI. Dr. Seid's areas of clinical interest consist of urologic (genitourinary) cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and palliative care. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Seid has received the following distinction: 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. Thomas Joseph Forbes, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
1101 W University Drive
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Thomas Forbes is a pediatric cardiology specialist. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Forbes include heart problems, newborn care, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Forbes honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. 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, Newborn Care

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

Dr. Vinay Malviya's specialty is gynecologic oncology. Patient ratings for Dr. Malviya average 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Malviya include gynecological problems, colposcopy, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. Dr. Malviya graduated from Grant Medical College and then he performed his residency at Grant Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Malviya (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His professional 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. Steven Mark Arbit, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Electrodiagnostic Medicine
1135 West University Drive; Suite 425
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Steven Arbit is a rehabilitation physician and electrodiagnostic medicine specialist in Rochester, MI, Commerce Township, MI, and Bloomfield Hills, MI. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, 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. The average patient rating for Dr. Arbit is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Arbit's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Geoffrey J Gladstone, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
75 Barclay Circle; Suite 105
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstone practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Southfield, MI, Saint Clair Shores, MI, and Rochester, MI. Dr. Gladstone is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Sinai Hospital of Detroit's residency program. His areas of expertise consist of plastic surgery procedures and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gladstone's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. William John Cushing, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
44199 Dequindre Road; Suite 504
Troy, MI
 

Dr. William Cushing's area of specialization is adult cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Cushing include holistic medicine, heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He honors Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital.

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

Dr. Samir Al-Hadidi specializes in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Clinical interests for Dr. Al-Hadidi include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jordan University Hospital. Dr. Al-Hadidi is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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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. These areas are among his clinical interests: 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 accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Chuba has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. He is conversant in 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Sabir include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He accepts Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He 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.

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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. After completing medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Dr. Browne performed her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Her areas of expertise include the following: holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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. 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 Auburn Hills, MI and Madison Heights, MI. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Hares's clinical interests encompass obesity, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Hares's medical residency was performed at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Doctors' Hospital of Michigan, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Damascus. In addition to English, Dr. Hares speaks Arabic.

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

Dr. Howard Joondeph practices vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) in Rochester, MI, Macomb, MI, and Warren, MI. He is especially interested in macular degeneration, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He is an in-network provider for AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Joondeph performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is affiliated with 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.