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Dr. Joshua David Rovin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joshua Rovin is a general surgeon and cardiothoracic surgeon in Clearwater, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise consist of minimally invasive surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and pacemaker. Dr. Rovin takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Abdominal Surgery, Lung Resection, Pacemaker, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Jefferson Alkire, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1201 South Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mark Alkire practices vascular surgery, trauma surgery, and thoracic surgery in Tampa, FL, Brandon, FL, and Sun City Center, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Alkire include lung cancer, nerve block, and esophageal surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northside Hospital, South Bay Hospital, and Tampa Community Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Dr. Alkire has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Alkire speaks Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Nerve Block, Aneurysm, Lung Cancer, Lung Surgery, Esophageal Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 28
  • Charge (avg.): $2,551 - $3,048
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $548 - $641
Dr. Richard Shawn Gordon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
1258 W Bay Drive; Suite E
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Richard Gordon's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, Dr. Gordon attended the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine for medical school. His areas of expertise include gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and biopsy. Dr. Gordon is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Surgical Procedures, Hernia, Gastric Bypass ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $2,092
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $697
Dr. Blaine Richard Heric, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Blaine Heric is a cardiothoracic surgeon. After completing medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College, he performed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive surgery, bypass surgery, and thyroid surgery. Dr. Heric is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Lung Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. John C Ofenloch, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. John Ofenloch is a specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. He works in Clearwater, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. These areas are among Dr. Ofenloch's clinical interests: bypass surgery, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Hyperhidrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. William Charles Cottrell, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
8839 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 240
Largo, FL
 

Dr. William Cottrell's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Cottrell include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Cottrell attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama for residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 39
  • Charge (avg.): $2,678 - $4,526
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $186 - $1,130
Dr. George Alan Morris III, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. George Morris practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in Clearwater, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Morris is 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Morris include back pain, knee problems, and foot problems. Dr. Morris is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Morris attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Lower ... (Read more)

Dr. Ragab
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1988 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ashraf Ragab specializes in spine surgery, complementary and alternative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and cervical (neck) spine problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Ragab is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ragab honors. 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. He speaks Arabic. Dr. Ragab is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Spinal Procedures, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Gordon H Zuerndorfer, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1831 N Belcher Road; Suite G-1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer works as an orthopedic surgeon in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Zuerndorfer has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Zuerndorfer include knee problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laser surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Zuerndorfer completed his residency training at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Foot Surgery, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Implant Surgery, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Robert Piazza, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Piazza sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, scoliosis, and knee replacement. Dr. Piazza's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital. 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. He is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Piazza completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Back Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Richmond Whiddon, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. David Whiddon practices adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Whiddon include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Dr. Whiddon attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Hip ... (Read more)

Dr. Romeo Docena Acosta Jr., MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
9677 Seminole Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Romeo Acosta is a medical specialist in general gynecology. Before performing his residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Acosta attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cancer, and fibroids. Patient ratings for Dr. Acosta average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Acosta honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Physicians Surgery Center.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Birth Control Implant, Hysteroscopy, Contraception, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Thomas Herrick, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4820 Park Boulevard N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Richard Herrick's areas of specialization are hand surgery, foot & ankle surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Herrick graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Herrick (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Bardmoor Surgery Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $2,153
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $487
Dr. Richard George Pigeon, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Richard Pigeon is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He obtained his medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. His clinical interests include back pain, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Pigeon is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Pigeon accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Spinal Procedures, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert John Kowalski Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Kowalski is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon. His areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, discectomy (disc removal surgery), and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). His professional affiliations include Northside Hospital and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. Dr. Kowalski is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Before performing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Kowalski attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Kowalski is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Herniated Disc, Laminectomy, Discectomy, Degenerative ... (Read more)

Merrill Krolick, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1345 West Bay Drive; Suite 101
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Merrill Krolick is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist in Largo, FL, Pembroke Pines, FL, and Clearwater, FL. After completing medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His areas of expertise include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Krolick's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Krolick accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , endovascular stent grafting

All Interests: Chest CT Scan, Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged ... (Read more)

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What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is surgery performed using tiny tools and several small incisions instead of one large one. First performed in the 1980s, minimally invasive surgery has now become commonly used for all kinds of procedures because it offers so many benefits over traditional surgery.

Since minimally invasive surgery minimizes the amount of injury that a patient experiences by avoiding a large incision, it typically results in fewer issues after surgery. There tend to be fewer stitches needed, less scarring, less pain, a faster recovery time, and a lower risk of infection. Some minimally invasive procedures even require less anesthesia than usual.

There are three main types of minimally invasive surgery:
  • Laparoscopic surgery, where several small incisions are made. A tiny camera is inserted into one, and the surgeon looks at the procedure on a video screen while moving tools through the other openings.
  • Endoscopic surgery, which is performed using an endoscope. An endoscope is a thin, hollow tube that contains a camera. It can be inserted either through a small incision or an existing opening such as the nose. Tiny tools can be passed through the tube to the area that needs to be worked on.
  • Robotic surgery, which uses tools that are even smaller and more precise than laparoscopic tools. The tools and camera are inserted through a small opening, and then the surgeon controls the robot from a computer in another room.

Minimally invasive surgery is not the right choice in every situation. However in many cases, it makes surgery less difficult to handle.
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