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We found 187 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Priority Health near Sterling Heights, MI.

Dr. Youssef Said Rizk, DO
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
42627 Garfield Road; Suite 218
Clinton Township, MI
 

Dr. Youssef Rizk specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery and practices in Detroit, MI and Clinton Township, MI. Dr. Rizk (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. Dr. Rizk has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and vascular disease. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Henry Ford Health System. Before performing his residency at Botsford Hospital, Dr. Rizk attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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Dr. David Ralph Lorelli, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
45640 Schoenherr
Shelby Township, MI
 

Dr. David Lorelli's medical specialty is general surgery and vascular surgery. His clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and ultrasound (sonogram). Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Priority Health are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lorelli accepts. Dr. Lorelli is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Lorelli trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Other, Thoracic Surgery
1117 Stone Street; Suite 1
Roseville, MI
 

Dr. Claude Lees is a cardiac surgeon, general surgeon, and thoracic surgeon in Roseville, MI. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and heart surgery. Dr. Lees honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Lees attended the University of Glasgow School of Medicine. Dr. Lees speaks French. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital.

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

Dr. Robert John Cardwell, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1117 Stone Street; Suite 1
Roseville, MI
 

Dr. Robert Cardwell is a heart surgeon, general surgeon, and chest surgeon in Roseville, MI and Warren, MI. He has a special interest in lung cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and carotid artery surgery. Dr. Cardwell's professional affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Allegheny General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo, Dr. Cardwell attended the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Cardwell is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Carotid Artery Surgery, Venous Disease, Lung Cancer

Dr. Juan Rene Frontera-Castillo, MD
Specializes in Urology
11051 Hall Road; Suite 100
Utica, MI
 

Dr. Juan Frontera's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, kidney problems, and da vinci surgery. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Frontera'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. Sami Elias Al Assmar, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
13251 East 10 Mile Road; Suite 100
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Sami Asmar's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Asmar (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. These areas are among Dr. Asmar's clinical interests: diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Henry Ford Health System. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Dr. Asmar's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jacquelyn Nicole Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
11012 E. 13 Mile Road; Suite 212
Warren, MI
 

Dr. Jacquelyn Rodriguez's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. These areas are among her clinical interests: menopause, minimally invasive surgery, and labor and delivery (childbirth). Dr. Rodriguez is affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. She takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez's medical residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals. She is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Menopause, Adolescent Gynecology, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Infertility, Labor ... (Read more)

Dr. Derek Lyn Hill, DO
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
11446 E 13 Mile Road; Suite C
Warren, MI
 

Dr. Derek Hill's area of specialization is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. After attending Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Hill completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His clinical interests include knee problems, knee replacement, and hip surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Hill accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Henry Ford Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hip Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jukaku Shamsuddin Mohamed Tayeb, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
45640 Schoenherr
Shelby Township, MI
 

Dr. Jukaku Tayeb specializes in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Tayeb's professional affiliations include Centura Health, St. John River District Hospital, and the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth). He honors Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University. Dr. Tayeb trained at Bon Secours Hospital and Beaumont Hospitals for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Tayeb (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Kannada.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Problems, Blood Pressure Problems, Bloodless ... (Read more)

Dr. Janice Marie Spears, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11900 East 12 Mile Road; Suite 307
Warren, MI
 

Dr. Janice Fields is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Fields average 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Fields include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She honors Amerigroup, AARP, and Cofinity, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Fields's residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Valal Koruthu George, MD
Specializes in Urology
11051 Hall Road; Suite 200
Utica, MI
 

Dr. Valal George specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Saint Clair Shores, MI and Utica, MI. Clinical interests for Dr. George include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and kidney problems. He honors Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. For his professional training, Dr. George completed a residency program at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. George (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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. Nicolas Atif Marsheh, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
44645 Mound Road
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Nicolas Marsheh's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Marsheh attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Providence Hospital. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, electrocardiogram (EKG), and preventive care. Dr. Marsheh is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, McLaren Health Plan, and AARP. Dr. Marsheh (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French. His professional affiliations include St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Henry Ford Health System.

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Dr. Muthanna Louis Louis, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
35450 Dequindre Road; Suite 103
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Muthanna Louis works as a hospitalist in Fraser, MI, Sterling Heights, MI, and Detroit, MI. He is a graduate of Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and a graduate of Providence Hospital's residency program. In his practice, Dr. Louis focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Louis (or staff) speaks Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Thomas Giancarlo, DO
Specializes in Vascular Neurology, Pain Medicine, Neurophysiology
11051 Hall Road; Suite 240
Utica, MI
 

Dr. Thomas Giancarlo works as a vascular neurologist, pain doctor, and neurophysiologist in Clinton Township, MI, Saint Clair Shores, MI, and Utica, MI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Giancarlo include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, sleep apnea, and stroke. Patients gave Dr. Giancarlo an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Giancarlo attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. His residency was performed at Botsford Hospital and Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. He is conversant in Italian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
33080 Utica Road
Fraser, MI
 

Dr. Judith Schartenberg's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She has a special interest in cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, glaucoma, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Schartenberg's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. She takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Schartenberg attended medical school at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

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Dr. Alberto Julian Aviles, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, General Surgery
11900 E 12 Mile Road; Suite 308
Warren, MI
 

Dr. Alberto Aviles specializes in plastic surgery, hand surgery, and general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aviles include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Patients rated Dr. Aviles highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aviles honors. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his residency, Dr. Aviles trained at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with St. John Hospital and Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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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.