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Dr. Peter Cary Leport, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Peter Leport is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. These areas are among Dr. Leport's clinical interests: sleeve gastrectomy, colectomy (colon resection), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. His education and training includes medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and residency at Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Leport (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He has an open panel.

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Dr. Reginald Godwin Mithiran Abraham, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Other, Thoracic Surgery
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 258
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Reginald Abraham's specialties are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. He practices in Fountain Valley, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: wedge resection, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Abraham is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Abraham accepts. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Abraham (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Dr. Kelly Ann M. Francis, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Kelly Francis works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Fountain Valley, CA. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Francis's areas of expertise include the following: gastric bypass surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and acid reflux (GERD). She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Francis attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Francis (or staff) speaks Spanish and Indonesian. She is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Mir Baquar Ali, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Mir Ali's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He practices in Fountain Valley, CA. He studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ali completed residency programs at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: colectomy (colon resection), sleeve gastrectomy, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Ali has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 108
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Joel Berman is a Fountain Valley, CA physician who specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery. His clinical interests encompass breast surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Berman is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Berman is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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

Dr. Tam Huu Le, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
18111 Brookhurst Street; 2600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Tam Le is a Fountain Valley, CA physician who specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Le is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: rectal cancer, colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Le's office for an appointment. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama, a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. In addition to English, Dr. Le speaks Vietnamese.

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Dr. Viney Soni, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
9940 Talbert Avenue; Suite 101
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Viney Soni specializes in adult pulmonology and practices in Fountain Valley, CA. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Soni is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and HealthCare Partners IPA - Arta. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. After completing medical school at King George Medical University, Dr. Soni performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Soni (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Chinese.

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Dr. John Patrick Kelly, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 300
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. John Kelly is a specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Kelly include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kelly is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Kelly attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Kelly (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Francois Francois Bui, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
10161 Bolsa Avenue; 210b
Westminster, CA
 

Dr. Phong Bui is an obstetrician and general gynecologist. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bui include laparoscopic hysterectomy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and incontinence. Dr. Bui takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University, Dr. Bui attended St. George's University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Voted as most compassionate doctor of the year. Dr. Bui is conversant in Vietnamese.

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Dr. Michael L. L Berman, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
101 The City Drive South, Pavilion Iii; Room 501
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Michael Berman's medical specialty is gynecologic oncology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Berman's clinical interests: gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Berman graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Berman trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Center, and Harbor Hospital, Baltimore. He has received professional recognition including the following: Best Doctors in America - Obstetrics & Gynecology; Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; and America's Top Doctors (Cervical Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Berman's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and UC Irvine Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Robert James Woodhouse I, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 115
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Robert Woodhouse practices radiation oncology in Fountain Valley, CA and Anaheim, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Woodhouse (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Clinical interests for Dr. Woodhouse include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and UCLA Health. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Woodhouse attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. Dr. Woodhouse is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Ajit Singh Sawhney, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 212
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Ajit Sawhney's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Sawhney (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Coney Island Hospital and VA Long Beach Healthcare System, Dr. Sawhney attended SMS Medical College, Jaipur and All India Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school. Dr. Sawhney is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Paul A Maistros, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
11160 Warner Avenue; Suite 121
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Paul Maistros practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Maistros (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Greek. His clinical interests include sleep study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine and residency at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Maistros is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Hassan M Alkhouli, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics, Adult Pulmonology
7955 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, CA
 

Dr. Hassan Alkhouli is an adult critical care, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist. Dr. Alkhouli (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Alkhouli focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, Massachusetts General Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Patient ratings for Dr. Alkhouli average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alkhouli accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Dr. Lalitha Ananth, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite #304
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Lalitha Ananth is a specialist in adult rheumatology. In addition to English, Dr. Ananth (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Tamil. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ananth include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Ananth's professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Before completing her residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital, Dr. Ananth attended medical school at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences. She has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Asaad Hakim, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Hospital Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
7955 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, CA
 

Dr. Asaad Hakim specializes in adult critical care, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and adult pulmonology and practices in Garden Grove, CA and Westminster, CA. In his practice, Dr. Hakim focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Hakim is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Hakim (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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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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