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Specializes in Urology
average rating 3.5 stars (10 ratings)
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 300
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. James Zachary is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Zachary attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at UNC Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zachary include kidney stones and urinary tract infection (UTI). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Kidney Stones, Urinary Tract Infection

Dr. Yaser Sedrak Bassel M.D.
Specializes in Urology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
35095 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Yaser Bassel's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Bassel include bladder cancer, shock wave lithotripsy, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bassel attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for his residency. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Bassel is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Cystocele, Cryosurgery, Bladder Problems, Urinary Tract Obstruction, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian D. Hale M.D.
Specializes in Urology
average rating 3.5 stars (4 ratings)
35095 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Brian Hale's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Hale's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts 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 Emory University, Dr. Hale attended Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Hale's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Cystocele, Cryosurgery, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Laser Surgery, Surgical ... (Read more)

Martin B. Richman MD
Specializes in Urology
average rating 3.79 stars (6 ratings)
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 300
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Martin Richman's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Richman include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Patient ratings for Dr. Richman 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Richman's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Sexual Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Jacob M.D.
Specializes in Urology
35095 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. David Jacob works as an urologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jacob include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), sexual dysfunction, and biopsy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Université Libre de Bruxelles for medical school, Dr. Jacob completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Jacob is conversant in French. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Cryosurgery, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, Infertility, Vasectomy, Biopsy, Lithotripsy, ... (Read more)

Lonnie T. Klein MD
Specializes in Urology
average rating 4.62 stars (18 ratings)
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 300
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Lonnie Klein sees patients in Safety Harbor, FL and New Port Richey, FL. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: female incontinence, kidney stones, and infertility. The average patient rating for Dr. Klein is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Klein is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Klein attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Female Incontinence, Cryosurgery, Kidney Stones, Laser Surgery, Kidney Problems, Stress Urinary ... (Read more)

Michael J. Szostak MD
Specializes in Urology
average rating 4.34 stars (8 ratings)
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 300
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Michael Szostak's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His education and training includes medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Szostak is especially interested in kidney stones, urinary tract infection (UTI), and robotic prostatectomy. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Szostak accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Kidney Stones, Urinary Incontinence, Robotic Prostatectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Urinary Tract ... (Read more)

Cesar R. Abreu MD
Specializes in Urology
average rating 2.68 stars (17 ratings)
646 Virginia Street; Suite 201
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Cesar Abreu, who practices in Clearwater, FL and Dunedin, FL, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Abreu's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Before performing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus and the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Abreu attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Urology
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 300
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Chad Hubsher is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). In his practice, Dr. Hubsher focuses on high risk pregnancy. Dr. Hubsher honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University for residency. Dr. Hubsher's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Clinical interests: High Risk Pregnancy

Specializes in Urology
average rating 4.33 stars (3 ratings)
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 300
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Donald Bergner's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bergner takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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What is Urology?

The specialty of urology focuses on the structures of the body that produce urine and remove it from the body, such as the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Since related structures in men are responsible for both reproduction and the transportation of urine, urologists specialize in men’s sexual health in addition to disorders of the urinary tract. Urologists treat both men and women, as well as patients ranging in age from newborn to elderly.

Certain urologic conditions are specific to male or female patients. Women are especially prone to stress incontinence, recurrent urinary tract infections, interstitial cystitis (a condition causing pain in the bladder), and urethral diverticuli (a structural issue where a small pouch develops from the urethra into the vagina). Some of these conditions may be adequately treated by a gynecologist, but patients may prefer to see a urologist because of their expertise in the urinary tract system. As for men, male infertility and sexual problems can be treated by a urologist. For example, urologists treat erectile dysfunction with medications or prosthetics. They may also perform surgeries such as vasectomies or vasectomy reversals.

Some other conditions that urologists treat include:

  • Kidney stones, which are mineral deposits that can form anywhere in the urinary tract. The stones can be quite painful, and some large stones may be impossible to expel naturally. Fortunately, kidney stone treatments have advanced quite a bit in recent years, and a urologist may recommend a procedure such as shockwave lithotripsy (where sound waves are used to break down the stones), or percutaneous extraction (where telescopic tools are inserted through tiny incisions in the back to remove the stones). There can be some pain associated with these treatments, but they are far less invasive than the older methods of removal.
  • Urinary tract infections, which are extremely common. However, if they happen over and over again, there may be an underlying problem within the urinary tract.
  • Congenital abnormalities, which refers to problems that are present at birth. Congenital abnormalities affect the genitourinary tract more often than any other system of the body, and they range from mild to severe in appearance and effect. The most common abnormality (in male infants) is cryptorchidism, where a testicle does not descend from the body down into the scrotum. Another common problem is hypospadias, where the opening of the urethra appears on the underside of the penis.
  • Renal disease, which is the loss of kidney function. For patients with renal disease, their urologist may be their primary surgeon or a coordinating member of their care team.
  • Tumors and malignancies, which are especially common in the case of prostate cancer. Urologists are most often consultants to oncologists in these cases.

The American Urological Association recognizes seven subspecialties of urology:

  • Pediatric Urology, the treatment of genitourinary tract disorders in children and infants
  • Urologic Oncology, the treatment of cancers within the genitourinary tract
  • Renal Transplantation, the treatment of severe kidney disease by replacing a non-functioning kidney with a donor kidney
  • Male Infertility, the treatment of infertility due to problems with sperm, semen, or male sexuality
  • Calculi, the treatment of kidney stones
  • Female Urology, the care of women’s urinary health
  • Neurourology, the treatment of urinary disorders caused by problems with the nervous system. For example, certain voiding disorders happen when the bladder does not receive signals appropriately, and erectile dysfunction is sometimes due to nerve loss.

Urinary and sexual problems can be especially distressing for many people. Fortunately, urologists are experts at managing these health conditions.

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