We found 34 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 urologist. He speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Frontera include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, kidney problems, and da vinci surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Frontera is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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

Dr. Sami Asmar works as a general internist. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at McLaren Regional Medical Center for residency. Dr. Asmar's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive care. The average patient rating for Dr. Asmar is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Asmar (or staff) is conversant in 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. Valal Koruthu George, MD
Specializes in Urology
1202 Walton Boulevard; Suite 211
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Valal George is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Dr. George completed his residency training at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Areas of expertise for Dr. George include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and kidney problems. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. George (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Tamil. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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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 specializes in adult infectious disease and practices in Sterling Heights, MI, Plymouth, MI, and Southfield, MI. Her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She takes AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Granados is a graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University. Her training includes a residency program at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Granados is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic 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. Thomas Joseph Forbes, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
1101 W University Drive
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Thomas Forbes is a pediatric cardiologist in Detroit, MI, Clinton Township, MI, and Rochester, MI. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Forbes's training includes a residency program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Forbes include heart problems, newborn care, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. 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. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital. Dr. Arbit's areas of expertise include electrophysiological (EP) study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pain management. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Arbit takes. 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. 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). His areas of expertise include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), cryotherapy, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Eliya performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Eliya (or staff) speaks 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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Dr. Geoffrey J Gladstone, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
75 Barclay Circle; Suite 105
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstone is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Gladstone's areas of clinical interest consist of plastic surgery procedures and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Gladstone is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. He is 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. Samir Subhi Al-Hadidi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
28351 Schoenherr
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Samir Al-Hadidi practices adult gastroenterology in Rochester, MI and Warren, MI. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Al-Hadidi's education and training includes medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and residency at Jordan University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Al-Hadidi speaks Arabic. He is professionally 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 is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Chuba include lung cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and gynecologic cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more. Dr. Chuba graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He has received the following distinction: 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. Jerome Edwin Seid, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1901 Star Batt Road
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Jerome Seid specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in Grosse Pointe, MI, Macomb, MI, and Warren, MI. In his practice, he is particularly interested in urologic (genitourinary) cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and palliative care. Dr. Seid takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training 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. Vinay Kunar Malviya, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
1901 Star Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Vinay Malviya specializes in gynecologic oncology. After completing medical school at Grant Medical College, Dr. Malviya performed his residency 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. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Malviya (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Malviya is professionally affiliated with 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. Cynthia Holland Browne, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1901 Star Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Cynthia Browne works as a radiation oncologist in Rochester, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Warren, MI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Browne include holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford Hospital & Clinics' residency program. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Browne is affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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

Dr. Howard Joondeph is a vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Joondeph include macular degeneration, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He accepts AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. Dr. Joondeph 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. He is affiliated with 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. He works in Saint Clair Shores, MI, Madison Heights, MI, and Troy, MI. His education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at Henry Ford Hospital. These areas are among his clinical interests: holistic medicine, heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Cushing takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Robert Craig Levine, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Urgent Care
1349 South Rochester Road; Suite C301
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Robert Levine's specialties are family medicine and urgent care. He practices in Detroit, MI, Ferndale, MI, and Rochester, MI. He studied medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Levine's training includes a residency program at Sparrow Hospital. In his practice, he is particularly interested in colposcopy, holistic medicine, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Levine is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. John Providence Health System.

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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.