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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. On average, patients gave Dr. Cook a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Cook studied medicine at Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University for residency. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy.

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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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lima include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Lima takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. His training includes a residency program at UPMC Shadyside. In addition to English, 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. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and endoscopic surgery. Dr. Courcoulas is affiliated with VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Dr. Courcoulas attended Boston University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She is conversant in French.

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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 works as a vascular surgeon. Dr. Makaroun is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Clinical interests for Dr. Makaroun include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Makaroun honors. Dr. Makaroun (or staff) speaks Lebanese, Arabic, and French. He is affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy.

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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 is a specialist in thoracic surgery. He works in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Morell is especially interested in heart problems and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with UPMC Presbyterian, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Ponce School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Robert Packer Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. In addition to English, Dr. Morell speaks Spanish.

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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, who practices in Erie, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Grove City, PA, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Before completing his residency at Allegheny General Hospital, Dr. Sekula attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sekula include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Sekula at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sekula (or staff) speaks Greek and Latin. Dr. Sekula is professionally 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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. De La Cruz include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and cosmetic surgery. Dr. De La Cruz is professionally affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Presbyterian. Before performing her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. De La Cruz attended Eastern Virginia Medical School. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. De La Cruz is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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's area of specialization is gynecologic oncology. Dr. Olawaiye graduated from the University of Ibadan College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Olawaiye include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Olawaiye is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. 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 is conversant in Yoruba. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Dr. Olawaiye is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Abhinav Humar's specialty is transplant surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Humar include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with UPMC Hamot, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), and UPMC Presbyterian. Dr. Humar accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Humar trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa. Dr. Humar (or staff) is conversant in Hindi.

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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 is a physician who specializes in colon & rectal surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Celebrezze is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Celebrezze include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Celebrezze is professionally affiliated with UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Passavant. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Celebrezze honors. Dr. Celebrezze attended Northeast Ohio Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Summa Akron City Hospital.

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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 specializes in blood banking & transfusion medicine, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders) and practices in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Kiss's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is affiliated with 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 is an urogynecology specialist. In addition to English, he speaks Italian. Clinical interests for Dr. Bonidie include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with UPMC Hamot, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Northwest. After completing medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Bonidie performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for 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. John Thomas Schindler, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Other, Internal Medicine
339 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. John Schindler's specialty is interventional cardiology. Patient ratings for Dr. Schindler average 5.0 stars out of 5. He 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. Schindler accepts. Dr. Schindler studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He trained at National Naval Medical Center for residency. His professional affiliations include 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, who practices in Pittsburgh, PA and Erie, PA, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Dr. Bellotte has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Allegheny General Hospital, Dr. Bellotte attended medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with UPMC Hamot and UPMC Northwest.

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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 is a specialist in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism and geriatrics (elderly care). She works in Pittsburgh, PA. In her practice, Dr. Greenspan focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Presbyterian, and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). Before completing her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Greenspan attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Greenspan honors 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. 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). Dr. Hrebinko has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Presbyterian. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Hrebinko completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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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.