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We found 189 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 surgeon and vascular surgeon in Detroit, MI and Clinton Township, MI. Before performing his residency at Botsford Hospital, Dr. Rizk attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and vascular disease. He is in-network for AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Rizk (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Henry Ford Health System.

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

Dr. David Lorelli works as a general surgeon and vascular surgeon. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lorelli 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 takes. 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 works as a cardiac surgeon, general surgeon, and chest surgeon. He is conversant in French. Dr. Lees's areas of expertise consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and heart surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital. Dr. Lees is a graduate of the University of Glasgow School of Medicine and a graduate of Cleveland Clinic's residency program. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lees accepts.

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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 cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery specialist in Roseville, MI and Warren, MI. Clinical interests for Dr. Cardwell include lung cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and carotid artery surgery. Dr. Cardwell's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. 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.

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

Dr. Derek Hill's specialty is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. Dr. Hill's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hill include knee problems, knee replacement, and hip surgery. He is affiliated with Mercy Hospital - St. Louis, MO, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Henry Ford Health System. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for residency. Dr. Hill is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Brian Gary Sandler, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
16510; 19 Mile Road
Clinton Township, MI
 

Dr. Brian Sandler is a pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist. Before completing his residency at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, Dr. Sandler attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: academic dermatology, nail issues, and hair problems. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Sandler is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with McLaren Health Care, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, 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 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. Jacquelyn Nicole Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
11012 E. 13 Mile Road; Suite 212
Warren, MI
 

Dr. Jacquelyn Rodriguez is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Rodriguez is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rodriguez include menopause, minimally invasive surgery, and labor and delivery (childbirth). She is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Rodriguez honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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

Dr. Jukaku Tayeb is an adult nephrology specialist. Dr. Tayeb (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Kannada. Dr. Tayeb has indicated that his clinical interests include kidney stones, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Centura Health, St. John River District Hospital, and the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth). His education and training includes medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University and residency at Bon Secours Hospital and Beaumont Hospitals. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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

Dr. Janice Fields is a gastroenterologist in Farmington, MI, Warren, MI, and Novi, MI. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fields include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She honors Amerigroup, AARP, and Cofinity, in addition to 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) 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 practices urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. George include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and kidney problems. Dr. George accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for residency. Dr. George (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Tamil. He is affiliated with 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
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Nicolas Marsheh is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Providence Hospital. Dr. Marsheh's areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, electrocardiogram (EKG), and preventive care. He honors Amerigroup, McLaren Health Plan, and AARP, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Marsheh (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. His hospital/clinic 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 is a hospital medicine (hospitalist) specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Louis include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Louis takes. Dr. Louis is a graduate of Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine. He trained at Providence Hospital for residency. Dr. Louis (or staff) speaks Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. Dr. Louis's hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Stuart Roger Gildenberg, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
11900 East 12 Mile; Suite 201
Warren, MI
 

Dr. Stuart Gildenberg practices dermatology (skin disorders) in Warren, MI, Ypsilanti, MI, and Saint Clair Shores, MI. Patient ratings for Dr. Gildenberg average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gildenberg include PUVA therapy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and skin surgery. Dr. Gildenberg is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Beaumont Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Gildenberg attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Gildenberg has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Skin Cancer, PUVA Therapy, Skin Surgery, X-Rays

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

Dr. Thomas Giancarlo's areas of specialization are vascular neurology, pain medicine, and neurophysiology; he sees patients 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. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Giancarlo's education and training includes medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and residency at Botsford Hospital and Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. In addition to English, he speaks Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care.

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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.