We found 55 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, Thoracic Surgery
200 Lothrop Street; Suite 5b
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Chris Cook's specialties are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Cook is 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Cook focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy. He honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. He graduated from Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Dr. Cook trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University for residency.

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Dr. Claudio A. B. 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 is a Pittsburgh, PA physician who specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Lima is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Presbyterian. He honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. For his professional training, Dr. Lima completed residency programs at UPMC Shadyside and Buffalo General Hospital. He is conversant in Portuguese.

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

Dr. Michel Makaroun's area of specialization is vascular surgery. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Makaroun's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy. Dr. Makaroun accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Makaroun trained 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 is a thoracic surgery specialist. He is especially interested in heart problems and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Morell graduated from Ponce School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Robert Packer Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Morell is 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. Anita Pauline Courcoulas, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
200 Lothrop Street; Forbes Tower Suite 9055
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Anita Courcoulas' specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. She practices in Pittsburgh, PA and Uniontown, PA. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Courcoulas's practice, she is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and endoscopic surgery. Her professional affiliations include VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Courcoulas's medical residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). In addition to English, she speaks French.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Endoscopic 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 blood banking & transfusion medicine, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders) specialist in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Kiss is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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Dr. Dana Christopher Mears, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Other
5820 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Dana Mears' medical specialty is orthopedic trauma. After completing medical school at Oxford University Medical School, Dr. Mears performed Dr. Mears's residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Mears's areas of expertise consist of hip surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Mears's patients gave Dr. Mears an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Mears honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Mears is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC St. Margaret.

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

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

Dr. John Schindler, who practices in Pittsburgh, PA, is a medical specialist in interventional cardiology. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Schindler completed his residency training at National Naval Medical Center. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Schindler is rated highly by his patients. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schindler accepts. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy.

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

Dr. Brian Hamlin is an adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery specialist. Dr. Hamlin's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, hip replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He is affiliated with UPMC Mercy, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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

Dr. Alexander Olawaiye is a physician who specializes in gynecologic oncology. Dr. Olawaiye's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Ibadan College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Olawaiye completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo and a hospital affiliated with the University College London (UCL). He speaks Yoruba. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Presbyterian.

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

Dr. Raymond Sekula sees patients in Erie, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Grove City, PA. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Sekula's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Hamot, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Bedford Memorial. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Sekula performed his residency at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Sekula (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Greek and Latin.

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

Dr. Susan Greenspan is a specialist in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism and geriatrics (elderly care). Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Greenspan has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. She attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for residency. Dr. Greenspan is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Presbyterian, and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS).

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Dr. Joel Byron Nelson, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Other
5200 Centre Avenue; Suite 209, Shadyside Medical Building
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Joel Nelson is an urologist and surgical oncologist in Pittsburgh, PA. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Nelson's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside and UPMC Presbyterian. Dr. Nelson takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Other
3550 Terrace Street; A1305 Scaife Hall
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Shushma Aggarwal practices anesthesiology. Dr. Aggarwal's clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Health System and UPMC Presbyterian. She accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Dr. Aggarwal graduated from King George Medical University. She completed her residency training at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University. In addition to English, Dr. Aggarwal (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Dr. James Ean Blaugrund, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1400 Locust Street; Building D, Suite 5122
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. James Blaugrund sees patients in Pittsburgh, PA and Wexford, PA. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Blaugrund has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include UPMC East, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC McKeesport. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Blaugrund attended Yale School of Medicine.

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Dr. Kevin Michael McGrath, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
200 Lothrop Street; Digestive Disorders Center, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Kevin McGrath practices adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. McGrath trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. McGrath average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. McGrath is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon.

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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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