We found 176 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 is a general surgery and vascular surgery specialist. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Rizk's training includes a residency program at Botsford Hospital. In his practice, Dr. Rizk focuses on minimally invasive surgery, vascular ultrasound, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Rizk accepts AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rizk (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus and Henry Ford Health System.

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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 medical specialist in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and carotid artery surgery. Dr. Cardwell accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Allegheny General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. Dr. Cardwell's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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

Dr. David R 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. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, ultrasound (sonogram), and endovascular surgery. Dr. Lorelli is affiliated with McLaren Health Care, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Henry Ford Hospital's residency program. He honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Priority Health.

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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). Dr. Frontera's areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and da vinci surgery. Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Frontera takes. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Frontera's residency was performed at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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

Dr. Jukaku S Tayeb, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
45650 Schoenherr
Roseville, MI
 

Dr. Jukaku Tayeb practices adult nephrology. He has a special interest in kidney stones, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and kidney transplant. Dr. Tayeb is in-network for Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and performed his residency at Bon Secours Hospital and Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Tayeb (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Arabic, and Kannada. His professional affiliations include Centura Health, St. John River District Hospital, and the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth).

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Problems, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Derek Hill is a specialist in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. He obtained his medical school training at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hill include knee problems, knee replacement, and hip surgery. Patients rated Dr. Hill highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Hill's professional affiliations include St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus and Henry Ford Health System. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Jacquelyn Rodriguez's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Rodriguez include menopause, minimally invasive surgery, and labor and delivery (childbirth). She is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. Dr. Rodriguez honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Rodriguez attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Anna Yulyevna Babushkina, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11900 E 12 Mile Road
Warren, MI
 

Dr. Anna Babushkina specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Warren, MI and Livonia, MI. Her areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, joint injections, and arthritis. She accepts AARP, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Babushkina graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Georgetown University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Babushkina (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Russian. Dr. Babushkina's professional affiliations include St. Mary Mercy Livonia and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Tendonitis, Elbow Problems, Fractures, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

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 medical specialty is general internal medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Asmar has a special interest in diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and women's health issues. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus, and Henry Ford Health System. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Asmar is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. He trained at McLaren Regional Medical Center for residency. Dr. Asmar (or staff) speaks Arabic and French.

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

Dr. Janice Fields practices adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Fields include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. She takes Amerigroup, AARP, and Cofinity, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and performed her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Fields is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Geoffrey J Gladstone, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
75 Barclay Circle; Suite 105
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstone is a specialist in ophthalmic plastic surgery. He works in Southfield, MI, Saint Clair Shores, MI, and Rochester, MI. Dr. Gladstone is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and collagen injections. His professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and Genesys Health System. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Patient ratings for Dr. Gladstone average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gladstone is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
33080 Utica Road
Fraser, MI
 

Dr. Norbert Czajkowski works as an ophthalmologist in Fraser, MI and Port Huron, MI. Dr. Czajkowski is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, LASIK, and cataract surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Czajkowski graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital and Kresge Eye Institute. In addition to English, he speaks Polish.

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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 is a hospital medicine (hospitalist) specialist in Fraser, MI, Sterling Heights, MI, and Detroit, MI. He graduated from Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Louis completed a residency program at Providence Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Louis include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Louis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. Dr. Louis is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Cynthia Holland Browne, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
11800 East 12 Mile Road; Department of Radiation Oncology
Warren, MI
 

Dr. Cynthia Browne is a specialist in radiation oncology. She works in Rochester, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Warren, MI. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. Her areas of expertise include holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, 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. She honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Howard C Joondeph, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
30051 Schoenherr Road
Warren, MI
 

Dr. Howard Joondeph works as a retina specialist. Dr. Joondeph's clinical interests encompass macular degeneration and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He is in-network for AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Dr. Bhadresh Dhirubhai Nayak, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
27101 Schoenherr
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Bhadresh Nayak is a Sterling Heights, MI physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His areas of clinical interest consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and echocardiogram (echo). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Nayak takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Government Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University. For his residency, Dr. Nayak trained at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Nayak (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. He is affiliated with Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Echocardiogram

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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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