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Foster Bryan MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Average rating 2.33 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
6006 49th Street North; Suite 310
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Foster Bryan's areas of specialization are general practice, family medicine, and general surgery; he sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Bryan's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. 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. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Bryan trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Bryan's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Robotic Surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Laser T ... (Read more)

Michael Defrain MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Surgery, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
6006 49th Street North; Suite 310
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Michael Defrain works as a general practitioner, general surgeon, and cardiologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. His clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. 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. Defrain attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Texas Heart Institute and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Robotic Surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Laser T ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Practice, General Surgery, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
6006 49th Street North; Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Ignacio Duarte is a general practitioner, general surgeon, and cardiologist in Brandon, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. Dr. Duarte is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) at Northside Hospital Campus. He takes 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. Duarte attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Duarte speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Robotic Surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Laser T ... (Read more)

Dr Kevin Lee Huguet MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
Average rating 4.82 stars out of 5 (13 ratings)
960 7th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL

Dr. Kevin Huguet is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer, hemorrhoid banding, and whipple procedure. Dr. Huguet's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and BayCare Physician Partners. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. Patient ratings for Dr. Huguet average 5.0 stars out of 5. 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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Relevant Interests: , Minimally Invasive Surgery, Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding

All Interests: Whipple Procedure, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Breast Biopsy, Rectal Problems, Colectomy, Sleeve G ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 59
  • Charge (avg.): $1,700 - $2,558
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $513 - $1,422

Specializes in General Practice, General Surgery, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
6006 49th Street North; Suite 310
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Bradley Bufkin specializes in general practice, general surgery, and cardiology (heart disease) and practices in Brandon, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bufkin include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. He is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital. Dr. Bufkin attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. Dr. Bufkin honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Robotic Surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Laser T ... (Read more)

John Clarke MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1615 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 330
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. John Clarke sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and South Pasadena, FL. His medical specialties are general practice, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Clarke average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clarke include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and BayCare Health System. Dr. Clarke accepts 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 Shands HealthCare, Dr. Clarke attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Clarke (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French.

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Clinical Interests: Lymphadenectomy, Colectomy, Partial Mastectomy, Lumpectomy, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Rectal Cancer, Colon ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 28
  • Charge (avg.): $1,800 - $2,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $559 - $697
Dr Joshua David Rovin MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 402
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Joshua Rovin is a general surgeon and cardiothoracic surgeon. His areas of clinical interest consist of minimally invasive surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and pacemaker. Dr. Rovin accepts 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 Virginia, Dr. Rovin attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is professionally 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)
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 402
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Blaine Heric, who practices in Clearwater, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. Before performing his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Heric attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive surgery, bypass surgery, and thyroid surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. 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

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)
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 402
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. John Ofenloch is a specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: bypass surgery, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Ofenloch honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his professional training, Dr. Ofenloch completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. 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)

Mr Jorge A Rodriguez MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 4.25 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
4600 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez is a hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Dr. Rodriguez (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Greek. Dr. Rodriguez's areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, heart problems, and knee ligament injury. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Edward White Hospital, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Rodriguez attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Atlanta Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rodriguez accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthroscopic Surgery

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Elbow Problems, Scoliosis, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Meenakshi Jain MD FACOG
Specializes in General Gynecology
Average rating 3.7 stars out of 5 (67 ratings)
3275 66th Street N.; Suites 7 & 8
St. Petersburg, FL

Dr. Meenakshi Jain practices general gynecology. Dr. Jain (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Jain's areas of expertise include the following: endometriosis, laser treatment, and robotic surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Bardmoor Surgery Center. After attending Maulana Azad Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Rochester General Hospital and the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Jain has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Jain welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Robotic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

All Interests: Birth Control Implant, Incontinence, Fecal Incontinence, Laser Treatment, Surgical Procedures, Endom ... (Read more)

Peter Wassmer MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
560 Jackson Street North; Suite 100
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Peter Wassmer's areas of specialization are general practice and adult cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Wassmer include pericarditis, syncope (fainting), and atrial fibrillation. Dr. Wassmer's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) Downtown Office. 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. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. His residency was performed at Hospital of Saint Raphael. Dr. Wassmer (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Cardiac Stress Testing, Nuclea ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $2,097
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $543
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 is a general practitioner, cardiologist, and interventional cardiologist in Largo, FL, Miramar, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. After attending New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Clinical interests for Dr. Krolick include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. Patient ratings for Dr. Krolick average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Krolick takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , Endovascular Stent Grafting

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

Eric K Diner MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 3.68 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
620 10th Street North; Suite 3d
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Eric Diner's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Diner's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), sexual dysfunction, and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Carillon Surgery Center, BayCare Physician Partners, and St. Petersburg General 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. Dr. Diner is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Diner completed a residency program at Washington Hospital Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Robotic Prostatectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Kidney Stones, Sexual Dysfunction, Infertility, Vasectomy, Robotic Prostatectomy, Lapar ... (Read more)

Robert Sheppard MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Other, Cardiac Electrophysiology
560 Jackson Street North; Suite 100
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Robert Sheppard's specialties are general practice, adult cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Sheppard's areas of expertise include syncope (fainting), atrial fibrillation, and endocarditis. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with State University of New York (SUNY). Dr. Sheppard is conversant in Hebrew. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) Downtown Office, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Clinical 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: 27
  • Charge (avg.): $1,854 - $2,097
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $487 - $539
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 specializes in general practice, adult cardiology, and interventional cardiology and practices in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Walsh (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. His areas of expertise include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) at Northside Hospital Campus, and Morton Plant Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University, Dr. Walsh attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. 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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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
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