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Dr Mark J Alkire MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1201 South Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Mark Alkire is a medical specialist in vascular surgery, trauma surgery, and thoracic surgery. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include lung cancer, nerve block, and esophageal surgery. Dr. Alkire is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Dr. Alkire has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Alkire is professionally affiliated with Northside Hospital, South Bay Hospital, and Tampa Community Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Nerve Block, Aneurysm, Lung Cancer, Lung Surgery, Esophageal Surgery, T ... (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
Richard Shawn Gordon MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
1258 W Bay Drive; Suite E
Largo, FL

Dr. Richard Gordon is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Gordon's clinical interests include gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and biopsy. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Gordon's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa.

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Relevant Interests: , Laparoscopic Gastric Banding

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $2,092
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $697
Dr Joshua David Rovin MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Joshua Rovin is a general surgeon and cardiothoracic surgeon in Clearwater, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Rovin attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia for residency. He is especially interested in minimally invasive surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and pacemaker. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Rovin is affiliated with 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, Lung Resection, Pacemaker, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr Blaine Richard Heric MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Blaine Heric practices cardiothoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Heric include minimally invasive surgery, bypass surgery, and thyroid surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Heric attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic for residency. Dr. Heric is affiliated with 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, Lun ... (Read more)

John C Ofenloch MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL

Dr. John Ofenloch works as a cardiothoracic surgeon in Clearwater, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Ofenloch include 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, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Ofenloch attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He is professionally affiliated with 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)

Merrill Krolick MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
6006 49th Street North; Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Merrill Krolick's medical specialty is general practice, adult cardiology, and interventional cardiology. Patient ratings for Dr. Krolick average 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Krolick is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Krolick attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , Endovascular Stent Grafting

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

William C Cottrell MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Average rating 3.4 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
8839 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 240
Largo, FL

Dr. William Cottrell's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine; he sees patients in Largo, FL and Clearwater, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Cottrell's clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cottrell honors. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Cottrell is affiliated with Bardmoor Surgery Center, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthroscopic Surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Art ... (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
Ronald Walsh MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
6006 49th Street North; Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Ronald Walsh's specialties are general practice, adult cardiology, and interventional cardiology. He practices in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Walsh's clinical interests: coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) at Northside Hospital Campus, and Morton Plant Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Walsh's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. Dr. Walsh (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese.

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Relevant Interests: , Endovascular Stent Grafting, Endovascular Surgery

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Nuclear Cardi ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 22
  • Charge (avg.): $1,440
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $493
Dr Ragab
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 4.31 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
1988 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Ashraf Ragab sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialties are spine surgery, complementary and alternative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Ragab's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and cervical (neck) spine problems. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. After attending Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. He speaks Arabic. Dr. Ragab is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

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

Dr Gordon H Zuerndorfer MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 4.47 stars out of 5 (66 ratings)
1831 N. Belcher Road; Suite G-1
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Zuerndorfer's areas of expertise include knee problems, sports health, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Zuerndorfer is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthroscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Shoulder Arthroscopy

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

Richard T Herrick MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 3.62 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
4820 Park Boulevard N
Pinellas Park, FL

Dr. Richard Herrick practices hand surgery, foot & ankle surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a special interest in foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Bardmoor Surgery Center. Dr. Herrick is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Herrick studied medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Herrick (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and German.

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Clinical Interests: Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Ankle Problems, Foot Problems, Hand Problems

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $2,153
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $487
Michael Robert Piazza MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 3.57 stars out of 5 (16 ratings)
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Michael Piazza specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Clearwater, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Piazza include knee problems, scoliosis, and knee replacement. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Piazza attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine. He trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for his residency. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Piazza takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

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

Jesse Klein MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6006 49th Street North; Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Jesse Klein is a physician who specializes in general practice, adult cardiology, and interventional cardiology. Dr. Klein's clinical interests include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and syncope (fainting). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. In addition to English, Dr. Klein (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) Downtown Office, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) at Northside Hospital Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Endovascular Stent Grafting

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Cardiac Stres ... (Read more)

Dr Richard George Pigeon PHD MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 3.6 stars out of 5 (15 ratings)
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Richard Pigeon is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Pigeon's areas of expertise include back pain, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive spine surgery. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from Yale School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. His hospital/clinic 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, Neck Problems, ... (Read more)

Romeo Acosta Jr MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
Average rating 2.77 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
9677 Seminole Boulevard
Seminole, FL

Dr. Romeo Acosta is a general gynecology specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Acosta is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cancer, and fibroids. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Physicians Surgery Center. Dr. Acosta is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Acosta attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Robotic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

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

Robert Donnelly MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 2.0 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
1660 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Robert Donnelly is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Donnelly (or staff) speaks Spanish, Vietnamese, and Portuguese. His clinical interests include hip replacement, back pain, and knee replacement. Dr. Donnelly's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He attended Weill Cornell Medical College and the University of California for medical school and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. Dr. Donnelly's patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

All Interests: Spinal Procedures, Spine Problems, Stem Cell Transplant, Orthopedic Surgery, Hip Replacement, Knee R ... (Read more)

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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:
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  • 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.
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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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