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We found 8 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Aetna POS near Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Leonard Nick Girardi, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
525 East 68th Street, M-404; Cardiothoracic Surgery - Upper East Side
New York, NY
 

Dr. Leonard Girardi's area of specialization is cardiac surgery. After completing medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Clinical interests for Dr. Girardi include second opinions, heart bypass surgery (CABG), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Girardi's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: New York Super Doctors; One of America's Top Doctors; and Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors. Dr. Girardi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Hebrew, and Korean. He is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Second Opinions, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Mitral Valve ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for CABG and/or Valve Surgery
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    98.6%
    (Better than state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.1 times the average?
  • Based on 927 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Ottis Wayne Isom, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
506 Sixth Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Ottis Isom's specialties are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Isom average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Isom include mitral valve prolapse, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and aortic valve surgery. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Isom trained at Parkland Health & Hospital System. His distinctions include: New York Super Doctors; One of America's Top Doctors; and Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors. Dr. Isom's hospital/clinic affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Aortic Valve Disease, Heart ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for CABG and/or Valve Surgery
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    98.8%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.8 times the average?
  • Based on 100 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Charles Anthony Mack III, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
525 East 68th Street, M-404; Cardiothoracic Surgery - Upper East Side
New York, NY
 

Dr. Charles Mack is a specialist in cardiac surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Mack include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, heart bypass surgery (CABG), and heart valve surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Amerigroup, and United Healthcare Compass. Dr. Mack obtained his medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Mack include: Distinguished Housestaff Award, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery; Merle Wood Scholar of the Andrew G. Morrow Society of Cardiovascular; and Surgeons Research Award. Dr. Mack (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and German. His professional affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital, and Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Valve ... (Read more)

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Dr. Karl Hemingway Krieger, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
525 East 68th Street, M-404; Cardiothoracic Surgery - Upper East Side
New York, NY
 

Dr. Karl Krieger specializes in cardiac surgery. He speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Krieger include transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and aortic valve surgery. Dr. Krieger is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Krieger attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Krieger include: One of America's Top Doctors; Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors; and New York Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Beating Heart Coronary Bypass Surgery, Minimally Invasive Valve Repair, ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for CABG and/or Valve Surgery
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    98.1%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.2 times the average?
  • Based on 584 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Arash Salemi, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
525 East 68th Street, M-404; Cardiothoracic Surgery - Upper East Side
New York, NY
 

Dr. Arash Salemi specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and aortic valve surgery. He accepts Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Salemi attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include One of America's Top Doctors; Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors; and "America's Top Surgeons". His professional affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and Weill Cornell Medicine.

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All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Beating Heart Coronary Bypass Surgery, Mitral Valve Reconstruction, ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for CABG and/or Valve Surgery
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    97.8%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.9 times the average?
  • Based on 259 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Anthony J Tortolani, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
525 East 68th Street M4; Box 110
New York, NY
 

Dr. Anthony Tortolani is a physician who specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Tortolani (or staff) speaks Korean, Spanish, and Italian. His areas of expertise include heart failure, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and heart valve surgery. He is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital, and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at North Shore University Hospital. Coresource, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tortolani honors. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Tortolani include: Medical Ltd.-1st Edition through 16th Edition; 1999,2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007, 2008.2009,2010,2011,2012; and Guide to Americas "Top Physicians" 2002-2012. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Valve Replacement, Beating ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for CABG and/or Valve Surgery
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    93.8%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.8 times the average?
  • Based on 226 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Fun-Sun Frank Sun Yao, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology
525 East 68th Street Anesthesiology Research; M 329
New York, NY
 

Dr. Fun Yao's specialty is anesthesiology. He speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Taiwanese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yao include transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and anesthesia. Dr. Yao is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. He studied medicine at National Taiwan University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Yao honors Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Anesthesia, Transesophageal Echocardiography

Dr. Natalia Sharon Ivascu, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Anesthesiology, Critical Care
525 East 68th Street; M324
New York, NY
 

Dr. Natalia Ivascu is a medical specialist in cardiac anesthesiology and critical care (intensive care medicine). She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. Dr. Ivascu is especially interested in vascular surgery procedures, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), and anesthesia. Dr. Ivascu takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Excellence in Teaching Award, for Anesthesia Clerkship 2011. Weill Cornell Medical College. She is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Anesthesia, Liver Transplant, Vascular Surgery ... (Read more)

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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.