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 practices cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Cook attended medical school at Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Cook trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Cook takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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 is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Lima is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. His training includes residency programs at UPMC Shadyside and Buffalo General Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks 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' areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Courcoulas speaks French. Her areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and endoscopic surgery. She is professionally affiliated with VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Before completing her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Courcoulas attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Courcoulas is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Courcoulas honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more.

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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 practices vascular surgery. Dr. Makaroun's education and training includes medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and residency at American University of Beirut Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Areas of expertise for Dr. Makaroun include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Makaroun is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Makaroun (or staff) speaks the following languages: Lebanese, Arabic, and French. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy.

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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 physician who specializes in thoracic surgery. He attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Morell's medical residency was performed at Robert Packer Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. His areas of expertise include the following: heart problems and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. 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. Dr. Morell is conversant in Spanish. He 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. Caroline De La Cruz, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Other
300 Halket Street; Suite 2541
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Carolyn De La Cruz's area of specialization is plastic surgery. She has indicated that her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and cosmetic surgery. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. De La Cruz accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. De La Cruz performed her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Presbyterian.

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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 is a transfusion medicine specialist, medical oncologist, and hematologist. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kiss honors. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Kiss is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, 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 practices neurosurgery in Erie, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Grove City, PA. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Sekula focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Sekula's hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Hamot, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Northwest. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Allegheny General Hospital's residency program. Dr. Sekula (or staff) speaks the following languages: Greek and Latin.

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

Dr. Alexander Olawaiye sees patients in Johnstown, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. His medical specialty is gynecologic oncology. Dr. Olawaiye studied medicine at the University of Ibadan College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Olawaiye completed residency programs at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo and a hospital affiliated with the University College London (UCL). In his practice, Dr. Olawaiye focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Olawaiye average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Olawaiye honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. 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. Dr. Olawaiye is conversant in Yoruba. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Presbyterian. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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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 specialist in colon & rectal surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Celebrezze include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Celebrezze accepts. He is a graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University. For his professional training, Dr. Celebrezze completed a residency program at Summa Akron City Hospital. Dr. Celebrezze's hospital/clinic 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 a specialist in urogynecology. Dr. Bonidie is rated highly by his patients. 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, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bonidie is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He speaks Italian. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Hamot, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Northwest.

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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. His areas of expertise include knee problems, hip replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Hamlin's professional affiliations include UPMC Mercy, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to 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. After attending West Virginia University School of Medicine, Dr. Bellotte completed his residency training at Allegheny General Hospital. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Bellotte accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with UPMC Hamot and UPMC Northwest.

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

Dr. Abhinav Humar works as a transplant surgeon in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Humar has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is especially interested in 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 the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa for residency. Dr. Humar (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Humar's professional affiliations include UPMC Hamot, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), and UPMC Presbyterian.

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

Dr. John Schindler is an interventional cardiologist in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Schindler has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy. Before performing his residency at National Naval Medical Center, Dr. Schindler attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Schindler has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate.

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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. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Rao studied medicine at Kakatiya Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Rao completed a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is conversant in Telugu. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside.

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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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