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

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Dr. Chris Cecil Cook, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
200 Lothrop Street; Suite 5b
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Chris Cook, who practices in Franklin, PA, Farrell, PA, and Pittsburgh, PA, is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cook honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. After attending Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. Dr. Cook is professionally affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy.

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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 specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery and practices in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Lima has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lima honors. For his residency, Dr. Lima trained at UPMC Shadyside and Buffalo General Hospital. He is conversant in Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Presbyterian.

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

Dr. Anita Courcoulas is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Pittsburgh, PA and Uniontown, PA. Her areas of expertise consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and endoscopic surgery. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Courcoulas honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. She attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. She trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. 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 specializes in vascular surgery and practices in Pittsburgh, PA and Monroeville, PA. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Makaroun include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Makaroun studied medicine at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Makaroun completed residency programs at American University of Beirut Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Makaroun (or staff) is conversant in Lebanese, Arabic, and French.

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

Dr. Victor Morell practices thoracic surgery. After completing medical school at Ponce School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Robert Packer Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. His areas of clinical interest consist of heart problems and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Morell honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Morell 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. Brian Reynolds Hamlin, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
300 Halket Street; Suite 1601
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Brian Hamlin specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hamlin include knee problems, hip replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hamlin takes. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Hamlin completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Mercy, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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

Dr. Raymond Sekula's specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Sekula's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sekula obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Sekula (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Greek and Latin. He is affiliated with UPMC Hamot, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Northwest.

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

Dr. Carolyn De La Cruz's medical specialty is plastic surgery. Her clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and cosmetic surgery. Her professional affiliations include UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Presbyterian. Dr. De La Cruz graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. De La Cruz is in-network for 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, Cosmetic 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 works as a transfusion medicine specialist, medical oncologist, and hematologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Kiss include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Kiss attended Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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

Dr. James Celebrezze is a Pittsburgh, PA physician who specializes in colon & rectal surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Celebrezze a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. He graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University and then he performed his residency at Summa Akron City Hospital. His professional affiliations include UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Passavant.

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

Dr. Michael Bonidie is an urogynecology specialist. Dr. Bonidie speaks Italian. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with UPMC Hamot, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Northwest. Dr. Bonidie obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. J. Bellotte specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Pittsburgh, PA and Erie, PA. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patients gave Dr. Bellotte an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. He studied medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Bellotte is professionally affiliated with UPMC Hamot and UPMC Northwest.

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

Dr. John Schindler's specialty is interventional cardiology. Dr. Schindler has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests 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 accepts. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Schindler's professional affiliations include UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy.

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Dr. Carl Henry Snyderman, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
200 Lothrop Street; Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Carl Snyderman's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Snyderman include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Snyderman takes. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Dr. Ronald Lee Hrebinko Jr., MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Other
5200 Centre Avenue; Suite 209, Shadyside Medical Building
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Ronald Hrebinko is a physician who specializes in urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Patients rated Dr. Hrebinko highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Hrebinko include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Hrebinko's residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). His professional affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Presbyterian.

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Dr. David Collier Streitman, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Gynecology
300 Halket Street; Suite 0610
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. David Streitman's medical specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and gynecology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Streitman's professional affiliations include the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's East Hospital. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Streitman accepts. Before completing his residency at Travis Air Force Base, David Grant USAF Medical Center, Dr. Streitman attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine.

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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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