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Dr. Tuan Hoai Pham, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
3253 North Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Tuan Pham is a pediatric surgery specialist. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Pham include cancer, endocrine diseases (hormone disorders), and hernia surgery. Dr. Pham's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and St. Joseph's Hospital - South. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Pham attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Pham speaks Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Circumcision, Cancer, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Endocrine Diseases, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Richard Shawn Gordon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 401
Safety Harbor, 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. Richard Jeffery Schmidt, MD
Specializes in Other, Thoracic Surgery
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 301
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Rick Schmidt, who practices in Safety Harbor, FL, is a medical specialist in thoracic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schmidt include breast biopsy, thyroid problems, and mastectomy (breast removal surgery). Dr. Schmidt's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Schmidt accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Schmidt completed residency programs at Broadgreen Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Breast Biopsy, Lumpectomy, Mastectomy, Thyroid Problems, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Colonoscopy

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 18
  • Charge (avg.): $1,558
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $693
Joseph Spine - Dr. Samuel Joseph Jr.
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 309
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Samuel Joseph is a spine surgeon, alternative medicine practitioner, and orthopedic surgeon in Safety Harbor, FL, Tampa, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Joseph include scoliosis, back pain, and lumbar laminectomy. Dr. Joseph is professionally affiliated with South Florida Baptist Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He is a graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Joseph's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Joseph is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Back Problems, Lower Back Problems, Cervical ... (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. Steven Carl Mirabello, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3890 Tampa Road; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Steven Mirabello works as an orthopedist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mirabello's clinical interests include microsurgery, trigger point injections, and joint injections. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital. He honors 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 NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, Dr. Mirabello attended Harvard Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, shoulder arthroscopy

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 267
  • Charge (avg.): $2,271 - $4,111
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $186 - $1,130
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. David Richmond Whiddon, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 409
Safety Harbor, 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. Drew Eugene Warnick, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
3850 Tampa Road
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Drew Warnick's specialties are pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Sarasota, FL, Tampa, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Warnick include knee problems, foot problems, and arthroscopic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Carillon Surgery Center, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and All Children's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Warnick honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Warnick completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (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)

Dr. Jennifer C Swaringen, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 409
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Swaringen practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in New Port Richey, FL, Trinity, FL, and Safety Harbor, FL. Patient reviews placed Dr. Swaringen at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Swaringen include knee problems, knee replacement, and sports health. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Swaringen 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. After attending Emory University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. She is conversant in Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, hip arthroscopy

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Shoulder Problems, Shoulder Surgery, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Eugene Donnelly, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1660 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Donnelly's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Donnelly include hip replacement, back pain, and knee replacement. Patients gave Dr. Donnelly an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Donnelly graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and the University of California and then he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Donnelly (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Portuguese. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Spinal Procedures, Back Problems, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spine Problems, Stem ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark D Torke, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3890 Tampa Road; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Mark Torke's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Torke is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Torke's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and trigger point injections. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He 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. He has an open panel. After completing medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Torke performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC).

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 28
  • Charge (avg.): $2,560 - $5,132
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $539 - $1,130
Dr. Yaser Sedrak Bassel, MD
Specializes in Urology
12780 Racetrack Road; Suite 125
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Yaser Bassel works as an urologist. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, shock wave lithotripsy, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bassel studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Bassel completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He speaks Arabic. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, robotic surgery

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

Dr. Scott A Webb, MD, DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Scott Webb's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Clearwater, FL. He speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Webb's clinical interests: scoliosis, laminectomy, and arthroscopic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Webb studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Webb average 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), robotic surgery

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

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

Dr. James Zachary is an urologist in Safety Harbor, FL. In his practice, Dr. Zachary focuses on kidney stones and urinary tract infection (UTI). Patient ratings for Dr. Zachary average 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. Before performing his residency at UNC Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Zachary attended Indiana University School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Kidney Stones, Urinary Tract Infection

2013 Procedure Details

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  • Volume: 40
  • Charge (avg.): $1,216 - $1,489
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $695 - $834

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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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