We found 177 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 sees patients in Detroit, MI and Clinton Township, MI. His medical specialties are general surgery and vascular surgery. Dr. Rizk (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. These areas are among his clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Henry Ford Health System. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Botsford Hospital. He takes 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. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, ultrasound (sonogram), and endovascular surgery. Dr. Lorelli honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Priority Health, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lorelli's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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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, who practices in Roseville, MI and Warren, MI, is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Cardwell 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. His areas of expertise include lung cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and carotid artery surgery. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. 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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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 is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Frontera's areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and da vinci surgery. His professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. 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. Dr. Frontera accepts Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

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. 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. Dr. Rodriguez is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and then she performed her residency at Beaumont Hospitals. She is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Jukaku Tayeb specializes in adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tayeb include kidney stones, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and kidney transplant. He is professionally affiliated with Centura Health, St. John River District Hospital, and the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth). Dr. Tayeb is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University. For his residency, Dr. Tayeb trained at Bon Secours Hospital and Beaumont Hospitals. In addition to English, Dr. Tayeb (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Kannada.

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

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's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and women's health issues. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Dr. Asmar (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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. Janice Marie Spears, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11900 East 12 Mile Road; Suite 307
Warren, MI
 

Dr. Janice Fields specializes in adult gastroenterology. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Fields's residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Her clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fields is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, AARP, Cofinity, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Muthanna Louis practices hospital medicine (hospitalist) in Fraser, MI, Sterling Heights, MI, and Detroit, MI. Dr. Louis's clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and performed his residency at Providence Hospital. 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. 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 speaks Spanish. Dr. Hill has indicated that his clinical interests include knee problems, knee replacement, and hip surgery. He is affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Henry Ford Health System. He attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patients rated Dr. Hill highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. Dr. Hill's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstone is an ocular plastic surgeon. Dr. Gladstone's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and collagen injections. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Gladstone performed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and Genesys Health System.

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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 specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Nayak (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and echocardiogram (echo). He is professionally affiliated with St. John Hospital and Medical Center, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Henry Ford Health System. His education and training includes medical school at Government Medical College and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University and residency at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Nayak has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant.

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
33080 Utica Road
Fraser, MI
 

Dr. Judith Schartenberg's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Schartenberg's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. She studied medicine at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Schartenberg completed her residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schartenberg takes.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma

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 practices plastic surgery, hand surgery, and general surgery. Dr. Aviles's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aviles include eyelid surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and body contouring. He is affiliated with St. John Hospital and Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Aviles honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Lisa Lillian Gilbert Castro, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
30117 Schoenherr Road; Suite 400
Warren, MI
 

Dr. Lisa Gilbert is a physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Her areas of expertise consist of labor and delivery (childbirth), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and cryosurgery. Dr. Gilbert is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. She studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Gilbert average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gilbert honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna.

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

Dr. Valal George's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. George trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for residency. Dr. George (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Arabic, and Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, 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.

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