We found 55 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery near Pittsburgh, PA.

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Dr. Michael S Makaroun, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Other
200 Lothrop Street; Puh, Suite A1010
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Michel Makaroun specializes in vascular surgery and practices in Pittsburgh, PA and Monroeville, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Makaroun include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Makaroun's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Makaroun completed his residency training at American University of Beirut Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Makaroun (or staff) speaks the following languages: Lebanese, Arabic, and French. He is affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy.

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Dr. Anita Pauline Courcoulas, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
200 Lothrop Street; Forbes Tower Suite 9055
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Anita Courcoulas' medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. She is conversant in French. Dr. Courcoulas's areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and endoscopic surgery. Her professional affiliations include VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Courcoulas is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery

Dr. Chris Cecil Cook, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
200 Lothrop Street; Suite 5b
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Chris Cook is a cardiac surgeon and thoracic surgeon. The average patient rating for Dr. Cook is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cook include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cook takes. Dr. Cook attended Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University for residency.

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Dr. Victor Onofre Morell, MD
Specializes in Other, Thoracic Surgery
4401 Penn Avenue; 5th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Victor Morell is a chest surgeon. His areas of expertise include heart problems and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. 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. Dr. Morell's education and training includes medical school at Ponce School of Medicine and residency at Robert Packer Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Morell is professionally affiliated with UPMC Presbyterian, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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All Interests: Heart Problems, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Hikmat Abbas El-Kadi, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
200 Lothrop Street; Suite 5c
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Hikmat El-Kadi's medical specialty is neurosurgery. In his practice, Dr. El-Kadi focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. El-Kadi takes. Dr. El-Kadi is a graduate of Second Moscow State Medical Institute. For his residency, Dr. El-Kadi trained at Allegheny General Hospital, Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. In addition to English, Dr. El-Kadi (or staff) speaks Arabic, French, and Russian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Mercy, UPMC Horizon, and UPMC Presbyterian.

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Dr. Raymond Francis Sekula Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
200 Lothrop Street; Suite A-402
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Raymond Sekula is a neurosurgery specialist in Erie, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Grove City, PA. Dr. Sekula (or staff) speaks the following languages: Greek and Latin. These areas are among his clinical interests: skull base surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Hamot, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Bedford Memorial. Dr. Sekula's education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at Allegheny General Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Sekula average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Skull Base Surgery

Dr. Joseph E Kiss, MD
Specializes in Other, Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine, Medical Oncology, Hematology
3636 Blvd. of The Allies
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Kiss' medical specialty is blood banking & transfusion medicine, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Areas of expertise for Dr. Kiss include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Dr. Kiss takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Kiss attended Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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Dr. Brian Reynolds Hamlin, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
300 Halket Street; Suite 1601
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Brian Hamlin practices adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Hamlin's areas of expertise include knee problems, hip replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He is affiliated with UPMC Mercy, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and UPMC South Surgery Center.

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Dr. Kevin Michael McGrath, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
200 Lothrop Street; Digestive Disorders Center, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Kevin McGrath is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. McGrath's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McGrath accepts. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. His professional affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Horizon.

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Dr. Alexander Babatunde Olawaiye, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
1400 Locust Street; Suite 3121
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Alexander Olawaiye is a specialist in gynecologic oncology. He works in Johnstown, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo and a hospital affiliated with the University College London (UCL), Dr. Olawaiye attended medical school at the University of Ibadan College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Olawaiye include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Olawaiye a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Olawaiye honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. He is conversant in Yoruba. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

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Dr. James Patrick Celebrezze Jr Jr., MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
320 E North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. James Celebrezze is a colon & rectal surgery specialist in Pittsburgh, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Celebrezze include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University and a graduate of Summa Akron City Hospital's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Passavant.

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Dr. Michael John Bonidie, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
300 Halket Street; Suite 5600
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Michael Bonidie is a specialist in urogynecology. Dr. Bonidie is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bonidie takes. Dr. Bonidie is conversant in Italian. Dr. Bonidie's professional affiliations include UPMC Hamot, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Northwest.

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Dr. Gretchen M Ahrendt, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
300 Halket Street; Suite 2601
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Gretchen Ahrendt works as a surgical oncologist. Dr. Ahrendt has indicated that her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, breast cancer, and oncoplastic breast surgery. Her professional affiliations include the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth), UPMC Monroeville Surgery Center, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. She studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Patient ratings for Dr. Ahrendt average 5.0 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahrendt honors.

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Dr. David Stanley Medich, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
1307 Federal Street; Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. David Medich, who practices in Pittsburgh, PA, is a medical specialist in colon & rectal surgery. He is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)'s residency program. Dr. Medich is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Medich takes. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Passavant.

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Dr. Johnathan Anderson Engh, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
200 Lothrop Street; Suite B-400
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Johnathan Engh works as a neurosurgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Engh include skull base surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Engh is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Presbyterian, and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Engh honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Skull Base Surgery

Dr. Susan L Greenspan, MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Other, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
3459 Fifth Avenue; 4th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Susan Greenspan is a physician who specializes in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism and geriatrics (elderly care). She has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Greenspan is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. She attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Greenspan is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Presbyterian, and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS).

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What is Bloodless Medicine?

For a variety of reasons, some people feel strongly about refusing blood transfusions and blood products. Bloodless medicine is an emerging medical practice that seeks to provide full medical care, including surgery, for these patients without the use of transfusions.

There are many legitimate reasons why a patient might wish to refuse blood products. Perhaps the most well known are the religious beliefs of certain groups, especially Jehovah’s Witnesses. But religious beliefs are not the only reason someone might choose bloodless medicine. Some of these reasons include:

  • Ethical decisions about the limited supply of blood available
  • Patients with rare blood types may not have access to donor blood
  • Fear of receiving the wrong blood type, which can cause a significant allergic reaction
  • Concerns about infectious diseases that could possibly infect the blood supply, such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Epstein-Barr, or Mad Cow Disease

When it comes to surgery, bloodless medicine succeeds by increasing the amount of red blood cells a patient produces before surgery, replacing any lost blood with fluids, carefully managing the patient’s health during surgery, and meticulously controlling blood loss so that as little bleeding as possible occurs.

Preparation begins by increasing the number of red blood cells the patient produces, so that any loss during surgery will not be as harmful. Patients may be instructed to eat iron-rich foods, given iron supplements, or given medications to increase their hemoglobin. The least invasive surgical procedures available will be chosen, as they require tiny incisions.

During surgery, patients are often positioned on a slope with their head lowered, to protect their brain from any blood loss. Their blood pressure may be lowered and their body temperature raised to reduce bleeding. They may be given 100% oxygen to help a reduced number of red blood cells carry sufficient oxygen to their body. Modern surgical tools are used that cauterize any broken blood vessels as soon as they are cut, in order to minimize blood loss.

Sometimes, a technique known as hemodilution is used. A portion of blood is removed from the patient at the beginning of surgery and replaced with fluids, diluting the blood circulating within the body. If bleeding occurs during surgery, the blood lost is this dilute blood, and not as critical. After surgery, the pure blood is replaced. In some cases blood that is lost during surgery can also be collected, cleaned, and returned to the patient.

Not all surgeries can be performed bloodless, but most can, including:

  • Open heart surgery
  • Liver transplants
  • Urinary tract surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Hip and knee replacements
  • Brain surgery

Despite all the precautions taken, during any surgery there is the possibility of unexpected hemorrhage. A hemorrhage, or severe episode of bleeding, can be life threatening without the help of transfused blood. Before any surgical procedure, it is important to make a plan with your physicians about what steps you would like them to take, or not take, in case the unexpected happens.

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