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We found 56 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery near Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Chris Cecil Cook, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
200 Lothrop Street; 700 Suite C
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Chris Cook is a cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery specialist in Pittsburgh, PA, Franklin, PA, and Farrell, PA. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy. Dr. Cook graduated from Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Cook honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Claudio Albert Barbosa Lima, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1350 Locust Street; Buidling C, Suite G - 100, Upmc Mercy Professional Building
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Claudio Lima's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Lima honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. His training includes a residency program at UPMC Shadyside. Dr. Lima speaks Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Presbyterian.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Anita Pauline Courcoulas, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
200 Lothrop Street; Forbes Tower Suite 9055
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Anita Courcoulas specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Courcoulas attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). In her practice, Dr. Courcoulas focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and endoscopic surgery. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Courcoulas honors. In addition to English, Dr. Courcoulas speaks French. She is professionally affiliated with VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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

Dr. Michael S Makaroun, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Other
200 Lothrop Street; Puh, Suite A1010
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Michel Makaroun practices vascular surgery. Dr. Makaroun (or staff) is conversant in Lebanese, Arabic, and French. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Makaroun include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Makaroun's professional affiliations include UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy. He graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). The average patient rating for Dr. Makaroun is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Victor Onofre Morell, MD
Specializes in Other, Thoracic Surgery
4401 Penn Avenue; 5th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Victor Morell works as a thoracic surgeon in Pittsburgh, PA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Morell include heart problems and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Morell is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Ponce School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Robert Packer Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Morell is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Presbyterian, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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All Interests: Heart Problems, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Raymond Francis Sekula Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
200 Lothrop Street; Suite A-402
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Raymond Sekula works as a neurosurgeon. Dr. Sekula (or staff) speaks Greek and Latin. Clinical interests for Dr. Sekula include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Sekula is affiliated with UPMC Hamot, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Northwest. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Allegheny General Hospital. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sekula accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Caroline De La Cruz, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Other
300 Halket Street; Suite 2541
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Carolyn De La Cruz's specialty is plastic surgery. Dr. De La Cruz has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of particular interest for Dr. De La Cruz include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and cosmetic surgery. She is affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Presbyterian. Dr. De La Cruz accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Before performing her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. De La Cruz attended Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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

Dr. Alexander Babatunde Olawaiye, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
1400 Locust Street; Suite 3121
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Alexander Olawaiye is a gynecologic oncology specialist in Johnstown, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Olawaiye include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Ibadan College of Medicine. Dr. Olawaiye's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Chairman's Award for Clinical and Academic; Excellence in OBS & GYN SUNY at Buffalo .; and Vincent Capraro Award for Academic Excellence. He speaks Yoruba. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Dr. Olawaiye is closed to new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Abhinav Humar, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
3459 5th Avenue; Room 725
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Abhinav Humar is a physician who specializes in transplant surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Humar average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Humar (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Hamot, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), and UPMC Presbyterian.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. James Patrick Celebrezze Jr Jr., MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
320 E North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. James Celebrezze's specialty is colon & rectal surgery. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Celebrezze is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Summa Akron City Hospital, Dr. Celebrezze attended Northeast Ohio Medical University for medical school. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Passavant.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Joseph E Kiss, MD
Specializes in Other, Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine, Medical Oncology, Hematology
3636 Blvd. of The Allies
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Kiss is a specialist in blood banking & transfusion medicine, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kiss include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Dr. Kiss attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Kiss's hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Michael John Bonidie, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
300 Halket Street; Suite 5600
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Michael Bonidie practices urogynecology in Pittsburgh, PA, Erie, PA, and Cranberry Township, PA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bonidie include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Bonidie is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bonidie takes. He attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Bonidie speaks Italian. He is affiliated with UPMC Hamot, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Northwest.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. John Thomas Schindler, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Other, Internal Medicine
339 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. John Schindler is an interventional cardiologist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Schindler include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schindler honors. Before performing his residency at National Naval Medical Center, Dr. Schindler attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Jonathan Bradley Bellotte, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
420 North Avenue; Suite 302, East Wing
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. J. Bellotte's medical specialty is neurosurgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Bellotte is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Hamot and UPMC Northwest. Dr. Bellotte is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. He obtained his medical school training at West Virginia University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Allegheny General Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Susan L Greenspan, MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Other, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
3459 Fifth Avenue; 4th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Susan Greenspan, who practices in Pittsburgh, PA, is a medical specialist in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism and geriatrics (elderly care). She has indicated that her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her professional affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Presbyterian, and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). Dr. Greenspan graduated from Harvard Medical School and then she performed her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Greenspan average 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Brian Reynolds Hamlin, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
300 Halket Street; Suite 1601-b
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Brian Hamlin's specialty is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include knee surgery, hip surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Hamlin has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Hamlin trained at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Hamlin's professional affiliations include UPMC Mercy, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Knee Surgery, Hip Surgery

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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.