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Dr. Ralph James Damiano Jr., MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Ralph Damiano is a cardiac surgery and general surgery specialist in Saint Louis, MO. His areas of expertise consist of arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart bypass surgery (CABG), and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. He is affiliated with Heart Care Institute, Heart and Vascular Center, and Washington University Physicians. Dr. Damiano accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Damiano attended Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. He speaks French.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive cardiac surgery, endoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Heart Surgery, Arrhythmias, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Reid Wellen, MBA, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Jason Wellen practices pediatric surgery, general surgery, and transplant surgery. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and a graduate of Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston's residency program. He has indicated that his clinical interests include kidney transplant, pancreatic surgery, and liver transplant. Dr. Wellen takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wellen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery, laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

All Interests: Kidney Transplant, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Nephrectomy, Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. George Alexander Patterson, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8b
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. G. Patterson is a chest surgeon. Dr. Patterson's clinical interests include lung transplant, esophageal cancer, and emphysema. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Center for Advanced Medicine. After completing medical school at Queen's University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Problems, Myasthenia Gravis, Trachea Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 27
  • Charge (avg.): $700 - $4,050
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $219 - $1,423
Dr. John Christopher Eagon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Oncology, Bariatric Surgery
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. J. Eagon, who practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO, is a medical specialist in general surgery, oncology (cancer care), and bariatric surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Eagon's areas of expertise include hiatal hernia, pancreatic cancer, and pancreatic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Dr. Eagon attended Harvard Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Cancer, Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc R Moon, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Marc Moon is a cardiac surgery, general surgery, and transplant surgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Moon include lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart problems. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Moon's professional affiliations include Heart Care Institute, Heart and Vascular Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Heart Transplant, Aortic Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $2,700
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $778
Dr. Patrick Aloysius Dillon, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Patrick Dillon is a specialist in pediatric general surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. Dr. Dillon is professionally affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis Children's Specialty Care Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Rectal Problems, Mediastinal Disease, Burns, Sarcoma, Hirschsprung Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Varun Puri, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Oncology, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Varun Puri is a specialist in general surgery, oncology (cancer care), and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. He works in Saint Peters, MO and Saint Louis, MO. In his practice, he is particularly interested in lung transplant, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. Dr. Puri takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University. Dr. Puri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hindi and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Christian Hospital, and Washington University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Thoracic Cancer, Lung Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Barrett's ... (Read more)

Dr. Hersh S Maniar, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Hersh Maniar specializes in cardiac surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Maniar include heart valve disease and heart bypass surgery (CABG). Dr. Maniar takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Maniar's hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Valve Disease, Heart Transplant

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 65
  • Charge (avg.): $7,000 - $8,380
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $926 - $1,278
Dr. Benjamin David Kozower, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8b
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Benjamin Kozower's areas of specialization are general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. His training includes residency programs at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Dr. Kozower's clinical interests include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). He accepts Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Achalasia, Myasthenia Gravis, Lung Problems, Hyperhidrosis, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 24
  • Charge (avg.): $540 - $4,678
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $209 - $1,454
Dr. Gerald Louis Andriole Jr., MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Gerald Andriole practices urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. He has a special interest in prostate cancer. Dr. Andriole takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Strong Memorial Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School for residency. Dr. Andriole's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Progress West Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Kidney Cancer, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Bladder Cancer, Tumor, Penile Disorders, Prostate ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 52
  • Charge (avg.): $3,667 - $4,612
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $400 - $1,713
Dr. Diane F Merritt, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gynecology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite C13
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Diane Merritt specializes in pediatric gynecology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in gynecological problems and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Dr. Merritt's hospital/clinic affiliations include Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Before completing her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Dr. Merritt attended medical school at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Hysteroscopy, Hormone Therapy, Gynecological Problems, Ovarian Cyst, Injuries, ... (Read more)

Dr. Terence Michael Myckatyn, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1 Childrens Place; Nwt 1150
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Terence Myckatyn practices hand surgery, trauma surgery, and head & neck plastic surgery. Dr. Myckatyn's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Myckatyn include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and botox injection. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Myckatyn accepts. After attending the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. He has received professional recognition including the following: RealSelf Top Doctor.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Nipple Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jacob Maciej Buchowski, MS, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
425 S. Euclid Avenue; Suite 5505
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Jacob Buchowski is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Buchowski attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He is especially interested in cervical spine surgery and spine tumor. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Buchowski speaks Polish. His professional affiliations include Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Orthopedic Center, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, and Washington University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Scoliosis, Lumbar Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spinal Trauma, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Carolyn Kay Wiemers, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 13c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Carolyn McCourt is a specialist in gynecologic oncology and obstetrics. Dr. McCourt takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Robotic Surgery

Dr. Rafiq P Ramadan Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2118 Washington
Granite City, IL
 

Dr. Rafiq Ramadan works as a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Dr. Ramadan studied medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Ramadan trained at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency and Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati. He is especially interested in heart problems. Dr. Ramadan is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His professional affiliations include SSM Health DePaul Hospital - St. Louis, SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - St. Charles, and Christian Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Problems

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 47
  • Charge (avg.): $1,300 - $3,178
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $472 - $916
Dr. Valerie Sue Ratts, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Pediatric Gynecology
4444 Forest Park Avenue; Suite 3100
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Valerie Ratts practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility and pediatric gynecology. Before performing her residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Dr. Ratts attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Ratts is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Ratts is affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Progress West Hospital, and Washington University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Amenorrhea, in Vitro Fertilization, Uterine Fibroid Embolization, ... (Read more)

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What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is surgery performed using tiny tools and several small incisions instead of one large one. First performed in the 1980s, minimally invasive surgery has now become commonly used for all kinds of procedures because it offers so many benefits over traditional surgery.

Since minimally invasive surgery minimizes the amount of injury that a patient experiences by avoiding a large incision, it typically results in fewer issues after surgery. There tend to be fewer stitches needed, less scarring, less pain, a faster recovery time, and a lower risk of infection. Some minimally invasive procedures even require less anesthesia than usual.

There are three main types of minimally invasive surgery:
  • Laparoscopic surgery, where several small incisions are made. A tiny camera is inserted into one, and the surgeon looks at the procedure on a video screen while moving tools through the other openings.
  • Endoscopic surgery, which is performed using an endoscope. An endoscope is a thin, hollow tube that contains a camera. It can be inserted either through a small incision or an existing opening such as the nose. Tiny tools can be passed through the tube to the area that needs to be worked on.
  • Robotic surgery, which uses tools that are even smaller and more precise than laparoscopic tools. The tools and camera are inserted through a small opening, and then the surgeon controls the robot from a computer in another room.

Minimally invasive surgery is not the right choice in every situation. However in many cases, it makes surgery less difficult to handle.
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