We found 55 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery near Pittsburgh, PA.

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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. Patient ratings for Dr. Makaroun average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Makaroun include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Makaroun is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of 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). In addition to English, Dr. Makaroun (or staff) speaks Lebanese, Arabic, and French. He is affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy.

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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' areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Courcoulas has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and endoscopic surgery. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Courcoulas takes. Before performing her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Courcoulas attended Boston University School of Medicine. She is conversant in French. She is 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. Chris Cecil Cook, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
200 Lothrop Street; Suite 5b
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Chris Cook is a Pittsburgh, PA physician who specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cook include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). Dr. Cook attended medical school at Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Dr. Cook's medical residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate.

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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 specialist in thoracic surgery. He works in Pittsburgh, PA. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart problems and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He 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. Dr. Morell is a graduate of Ponce School of Medicine. His residency was performed 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. Hikmat Abbas El-Kadi, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
200 Lothrop Street; Suite 5c
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Hikmat El-Kadi is a neurosurgery specialist. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. El-Kadi accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Second Moscow State Medical Institute for medical school and subsequently trained at Allegheny General Hospital, Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University for residency. Dr. El-Kadi (or staff) speaks Arabic, French, and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Mercy, UPMC Horizon, 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 practices neurosurgery. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Sekula has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Sekula is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sekula is an in-network provider 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's hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Hamot, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Bedford Memorial.

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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 transfusion medicine specialist, medical oncologist, and hematologist in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Kiss trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Kiss's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kiss is affiliated with 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 practices orthopedic trauma. Dr. Mears has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Mears's clinical interests include hip surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Mears honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mears is a graduate of Oxford University Medical School. Dr. Mears trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for Dr. Mears's residency. Dr. Mears is professionally 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 specializes in interventional cardiology. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Schindler has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Dr. Schindler is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a graduate of National Naval Medical Center's residency program.

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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 a physician who specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, hip replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. Patients rated Dr. Hamlin highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hamlin accepts. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Hamlin trained at Mayo Clinic. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Mercy, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and UPMC South Surgery Center.

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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 in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. McGrath studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His residency was performed at Duke University Medical Center. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McGrath takes. He is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon.

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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 gynecologic oncology specialist in Johnstown, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. He is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Olawaiye is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo and a hospital affiliated with the University College London (UCL), Dr. Olawaiye attended medical school at the University of Ibadan College of Medicine. Dr. Olawaiye is conversant in Yoruba.

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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 colon and rectal surgeon in Pittsburgh, PA. Patients rated Dr. Celebrezze highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Passavant. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. After completing medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University, he performed his residency at Summa Akron City Hospital.

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

Dr. Michael Bonidie is a physician who specializes in urogynecology. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Bonidie average 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Bonidie is conversant in Italian. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Hamot, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Northwest.

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Dr. David Stanley Medich, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
1307 Federal Street; Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. David Medich's specialty is colon & rectal surgery. After attending Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Clinical interests for Dr. Medich include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Medich is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Passavant.

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Dr. Johnathan Anderson Engh, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
200 Lothrop Street; Suite B-400
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Johnathan Engh is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Engh average 5.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Engh's practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Engh honors. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Engh trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Presbyterian, and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS).

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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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