We found 9 spine surgeons who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold EPO near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr. Ragab
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 4.31 stars (10 ratings)
1988 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ashraf Ragab is a specialist in spine surgery, complementary and alternative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a special interest in back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and cervical (neck) spine problems. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ragab honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Ragab attended Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Ragab is conversant in Arabic. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Featured message: Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Clinical interests: Spinal Procedures, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, Spine Problems, Spine Surgery ... (Read more)

Michael Robert Piazza MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 3.57 stars (16 ratings)
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Piazza works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Piazza include knee problems, scoliosis, and knee replacement. Dr. Piazza is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Piazza honors. He attended Penn State College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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Clinical interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert John Kowalski MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
average rating 3.25 stars (3 ratings)
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Kowalski works as a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon. Before performing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Kowalski attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school. These areas are among his clinical interests: laminectomy, discectomy (disc removal surgery), and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). Dr. Kowalski has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Kowalski is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Northside Hospital and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Herniated Disc, Laminectomy, Discectomy, Degenerative ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard George Pigeon PHD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 3.6 stars (15 ratings)
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Richard Pigeon is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Dr. Pigeon has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include back pain, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive spine surgery. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pigeon accepts. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami, Dr. Pigeon attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Spinal Procedures, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, Neck Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott A. Webb DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 3.67 stars (7 ratings)
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Scott Webb specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Webb include scoliosis, laminectomy, and arthroscopic surgery. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Webb's education and training includes medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Laminectomy, ... (Read more)

Robert Donnelly MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 2 stars (5 ratings)
1660 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Donnelly is a spine surgeon and orthopedist. He is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College and the University of California. He trained at Mayo Clinic for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Donnelly include hip replacement, back pain, and knee replacement. He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Donnelly is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Donnelly (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Spinal Procedures, Spine Problems, Stem Cell Transplant, Orthopedic Surgery, Hip Replacement, Knee ... (Read more)

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 4.03 stars (8 ratings)
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Messer is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Messer's areas of expertise include the following: trigger point injections, cervical (neck) spine problems, and lumbar fusion. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Dr. Messer obtained his medical school training at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Clinical interests: Auto Injuries, Hip Problems, Spinal Procedures, Lumbar Fusion, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine ... (Read more)

James Byron Davidson DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 3.96 stars (7 ratings)
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. James Davidson is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Davidson include back pain, scoliosis, and trigger point injections. 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 completing medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Davidson performed his residency at OhioHealth - Doctors Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ali Zahrai MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 3.96 stars (15 ratings)
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ali Zahrai works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. Patient ratings for Dr. Zahrai average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, Dr. Zahrai attended the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Zahrai is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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What is Spine Surgery?

Spinal surgery is the subspecialty that uses surgery to restore the normal function of the spine when things go wrong due to trauma, disease, or other disorders. There are many ways that the spine can begin to hurt or lose the ability to move properly, and surgery is not always necessary. However, when surgery is needed, there’s no one more qualified for the job than a spine surgeon.

Spinal surgery can be considered a subspecialty of either orthopedics or neurosurgery. That means that a spine surgeon may take either path to this specific career, training first as either an orthopedist or a neurosurgeon. Orthopedics deals mainly with the structural issues of the back and spine: the bones, muscles, and joints. Neurosurgery deals mainly with issues of the brain, nerves, and spinal cord. So when choosing a spine surgeon, it is sometimes possible that your surgeon’s background will have a bearing on your particular diagnosis. However, in most cases, it doesn’t matter. Either an orthopedist-spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon-spine surgeon can handle the majority of spine surgeries. What is more important is that some spine surgeons specialize in specific areas of the spine, such as lumbar surgery or cervical surgery. In that case, it is important to connect with a surgeon who is experienced with your particular need.

Some of the surgeries performed on the spine include:
  • Correction of spinal deformities, such as scoliosis
  • Spinal fusion
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery, including decompression surgeries such as discectomy and laminectomy
  • Balloon kyphoplasty, a procedure done to repair compression fractures in vertebrae

The spine is a very complicated piece of your body’s machinery, and a very necessary part of your movement and function. It holds you up and allows you to move. Having a working spine is important, and having a skilled surgeon when you need spinal surgery is critical.
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