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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 specializes in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. His education and training includes medical school at Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Cook's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cook honors. He is 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 is a cardiac surgeon and thoracic surgeon. Dr. Lima speaks Portuguese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lima include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Presbyterian. Dr. Lima completed his residency training at UPMC Shadyside. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more.

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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 is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. Dr. Courcoulas studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Courcoulas completed a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Areas of expertise for Dr. Courcoulas include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and endoscopic surgery. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Courcoulas honors. In addition to English, she speaks French. Dr. Courcoulas 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. Victor Onofre Morell, MD
Specializes in Other, Thoracic Surgery
4401 Penn Avenue; 5th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Victor Morell's specialty is thoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Morell include heart problems and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Morell's training includes residency programs at Robert Packer Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Michael S Makaroun, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Other
200 Lothrop Street; Puh, Suite A1010
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Michel Makaroun is a physician who specializes in vascular surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Makaroun at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Makaroun (or staff) speaks Lebanese, Arabic, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy.

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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 is a specialist in plastic surgery. She works in Pittsburgh, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. De La Cruz include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and cosmetic surgery. Her professional affiliations include UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Presbyterian. Dr. De La Cruz obtained her medical school training at Eastern Virginia Medical School and performed her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. De La Cruz average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. De La Cruz 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, 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 in Pittsburgh, PA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Kiss honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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All Interests: 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's medical specialty is neurosurgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sekula include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Sekula has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sekula accepts. Dr. Sekula attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Sekula trained at Allegheny General Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Sekula (or staff) speaks Greek and Latin. Dr. Sekula's professional affiliations include UPMC Hamot, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Northwest.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Alexander Olawaiye is a gynecologic oncologist in Johnstown, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. The average patient rating for Dr. Olawaiye is 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Olawaiye focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. He has a closed panel. Dr. Olawaiye is a graduate of the University of Ibadan College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Olawaiye 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.

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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 area of specialization is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. Dr. Hamlin studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. In his practice, Dr. Hamlin focuses on knee surgery, hip surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hamlin takes. Dr. Hamlin is affiliated with 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

Dr. Boyanapalli Venkat Rao, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
5200 Centre Avenue; Suite 514, Shadyside Medical Building
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Boyanapalli Rao works as a cardiologist in Pittsburgh, PA and Connellsville, PA. Dr. Rao'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 Kakatiya Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). In addition to English, Dr. Rao speaks Telugu. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. David Streitman is a perinatologist and gynecologist. Before performing his residency at Travis Air Force Base, David Grant USAF Medical Center, Dr. Streitman attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Streitman include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Streitman is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Streitman is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. He is affiliated with Hedrick Medical Center, UPMC Hamot, and UPMC Mercy.

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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's medical specialty is transplant surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Humar include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Humar takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa. Dr. Humar (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His professional affiliations include 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 is a physician who specializes in colon & rectal surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Celebrezze include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Celebrezze is professionally affiliated with UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Passavant. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Celebrezze's education and training includes medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University and residency at Summa Akron City Hospital.

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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 urogynecologist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Bonidie takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. 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. His professional affiliations include 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 practices interventional cardiology in Pittsburgh, PA. Before performing his residency at National Naval Medical Center, Dr. Schindler attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In his practice, Dr. Schindler focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Schindler honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy.

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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.