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Michael R. Piazza, M.D.

Michael R. Piazza, M.D.

Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Dr. Michael R. Piazza earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Scranton in 1979. Dr. Piazza went on to earn his Medical Degree from the Milton S. Hershey Medical School of Penn State University in Hershey, Pennsylvania in 1983. He completed his Orthopedic Residency program at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia in 1988, and furthered his medical training with an additional year of study in the prestigious Spine Fellowship Program at Pennsylvania Hospital — Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.

Dr. Piazza and his family moved to Clearwater in 1989 where he established himself as the area’s first Fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Spine surgeon. In 1990, Dr. Piazza joined Dr. George Morris and formed the practice that today is Orthopaedic Specialties of Tampa Bay, P.A. The practice has since grown to include seven orthopaedic surgeons with two office locations.
Dr. Piazza has served as chairman of the Spine Section of Morton Plant Hospital. He has been involved with extensive research in disorders of the spine, has published several articles relating to orthopaedics and spine surgery, and has served on several administrative committees for Morton F. Plant Hospital. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Florida Medical Association, Pinellas County Medical Society and Florida Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Piazza’s expertise in orthopedics has enabled him to become involved in multiple clinical research studies. He has been actively involved in enrolling clinical research patients in both pharmacologic and device related spine research studies. Dr. Piazza has had the honor of being selected for inclusion in the Best Doctors in America® program on multiple occasions. Each year, an exhaustive peer-review survey of thousands of doctors determines who will be included in this list of the best doctors in the United States.

Dr. Piazza is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Although Dr. Piazza specializes in treatment of disorders of the spine, he also treats all types of orthopedic problems.


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Richard V. Abdo, M.D.

Born in Syracuse, New York, Dr. Richard V. Abdo earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Brown University in 1978, graduating with Honors in Geology-Biology. In 1982, he received his Medical Degree, Cum Laude from SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He completed his General Surgery Internship at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California in 1983, and his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Boston University in 1987.

Dr. Abdo began his practice at The Lahey Clinic in Boston where he was on staff from 1987 to 1994. He was Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine and Director of The Lahey Clinic Foot and Ankle Fellowship. In Florida, he has served on the Voluntary Faculty of the Dept. of Family Medicine from 2000 to present as Affiliate Assistant Professor, including the Sports Medicine Fellowship training program.

Dr. Abdo joined Orthopaedic Specialties of Tampa bay,P.A. in 1994. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. Dr. Abdo has published and presented papers at local, regional, and national meetings. He has served on the editorial staff of The American Journal of Sports Medicine, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and Foot and Ankle International.

Dr. Abdo has served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Morton Plant Hospital, as well as on several hospital committees. Locally he has volunteered as a team physician for high school and club sports teams.

Dr. Abdo is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has achieved the ABOS Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certificate. He treats all types of orthopaedic related conditions. This includes foot and ankle, sports medicine and arthroscopy (shoulder, knee, ankle), Total Ankle Replacement, Robotic Assisted/Navigated Total Hip and Knee Replacements, fractures, and other musculoskeletal injuries.

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W. Allen Hughes II, M.D.

W. Allen Hughes II, M.D.

Born in Inglewood, California, Dr. W. Allen Hughes II earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and Chemistry from California State University in 1978, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He went on to earn his Medical Degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 1982. Dr. Hughes completed his General Surgical Internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago in 1983, and completed his Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University Medical School in 1987. Dr. Hughes served as Chief Resident at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago in 1986.

Dr. Hughes maintained a private practice in Clearwater until July 2005 when he joined Orthopaedic Specialties of Tampa Bay, P.A.

Dr. Hughes specializes in the treatment of arthritis of the hip, knee and shoulder.  He offers joint preservation techniques for knee arthritis and state of the art computer-assisted navigation for hip and knee replacement. Dr. Hughes also specializes in sports medicine, serving since 1989 as a team physician to the Philadelphia Phillies. In addition to the specialized services that Dr. Hughes provides, he also treats all types of orthopaedic related problems.

Dr. Hughes is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

J. Byron Davidson, D.O.

J. Byron Davidson, D.O.

Dr. J. Byron Davidson is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon Fellowship trained in Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Spine Surgery. He has dedicated his entire practice to comprehensive treatment of pathologic conditions involving the Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine. His main interests include minimally invasive treatments for Stenosis, Herniated Disks, Spondylolisthesis, Sciatica, Radiculopathy, Spinal Cord Compression, Trauma, Disk Replacement, Degenerative Conditions and Compression Fractures.

As a native Texan, Dr. Davidson completed his undergraduate training at Texas A&M University, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences. He then attended University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, Fort Worth, where he received a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine in 1997. His Internship and Orthopaedic Residency followed at Ohio University in Columbus. He then completed a one year Spinal Reconstruction Fellowship at the Florida Spine Institute in Clearwater where he stayed on as a faculty member training spine fellows prior to joining Orthopaedic Specialties of Tampa Bay in 2006.

Dr. Davidson has a conservative approach and a philosophy of “surgery as a last resort” ensuring that each patient has the opportunity to achieve the best quality of life with the least invasive means. In cases where surgery is necessary, he will approach each case with minimally invasive techniques to ensure the least amount of tissue damage occurs.

Dr. Davidson is dedicated to the future of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery by participating in clinical trials, lectures, spinal instrumentation design, medical education, staying involved in the hospital as well as with numerous professional organizations. He is currently enrolling patients as the Primary Investigator and Co-investigator on several FDA Pivotal studies. Dr. Davidson is an Associate Clinical Professor at University of South Florida participating in Family Practice Residency and Sports Medicine Fellowship. He also serves on numerous committees at Morton Plant Hospital where he recently completed Chairmanship of the Department of Surgery. He is also a current member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; the North American Spine Society and the American Osteopathic Association.

Dr. Davidson enjoys many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, swimming, kayaking and boating.

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Anthony L. Marcotte, D.O.

Anthony L. Marcotte, D.O. FAOAO

Dr. Anthony L. Marcotte is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon who treats pediatric and adult patients. He is a Chicago native who earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering and Chemistry from University of Illinois – Urbana in 1999. He then attended medical school at Midwestern University –Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downer’s Grove, Illinois, where he earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 2003, as class Salutatorian.

From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Marcotte completed his Internship and Orthopaedic Residency programs at Grandview Hospital and Medical Center,Ohio University, in Dayton, Ohio. He was nationally honored with the Merck Outstanding Resident of the Year Award during his chief year. Dr. Marcotte fulfilled three resident externships in hand surgery at Indiana Hand Center in Indianapolis; Philadelphia Hand Center in Philadelphia; and Hand Surgery Specialists in Cincinnati, Ohio. He subsequently finished a fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston in 2009.

Dr. Marcotte practices general orthopaedic surgery with a subspecialty interest in hand and upper extremity surgery. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of the shoulder, elbow, forearm, elbow, wrist, hand, and microvascular reconstruction. Conditions treated include trauma, arthritis, sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures and cysts, as well as peripheral nerve and vascular disorders. He is trained in arthroscopy, microsurgical, vascular, reconstructive, and small joint replacement surgery, including minimally invasive endoscopic carpal tunnel release as well as Xiaflex injection and needle aponeurotomy for Dupuytren’s contracture.

Residents and medical students rotate with Dr. Marcotte on the Shoulder, Elbow, and Hand service.  He is an associate professor for the Largo Medical Center Orthopaedic Residency, Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Residency, and Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Programs through the University of South Florida. Dr. Marcotte has privileges at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, FL and Largo Medical Center in Largo, FL. He has been serving as a team physician to the Philadelphia Phillies since 2009.

Dr. Anthony Marcotte has published many peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, delivered lectures on local and national levels, and received various local and national awards. Dr. Marcotte is a member of several professional societies, including the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics, American Osteopathic Association, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society. Dr. Marcotte is board certified with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners and the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.  He has a certificate of added qualifications (CAQ) in hand surgery and was honored with the award of Fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics (FAOAO).  He is the President of the Hand Section of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics for 2018-2019. When not in the office, Dr. Marcotte can be found fishing or spending time with his wife and three children.

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Howard L. Schuele, M.D.

Howard L. Schuele, M.D.

Dr. Howard L. Schuele earned his Medical Degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 1964. He served as a Medical Officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1966 to 1967, after which he completed an Orthopaedic Training Program at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital, followed by a Fellowship in Hand Surgery at Chicago’s Passavant Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Schuele has practiced in Pinellas County since 1972. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Howard Schuele, M.D. has been Active Staff of Morton Plant Hospital from 1972 to the present.

Mitchell R. Herrema, D.O.

Mitchell Herrema was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology with honors. He also earned academic All-Big Ten while playing football there and was named MSU’s “Student Athlete of the Month” in April, 2001.

After completing his undergraduate degree, he remained at MSU to earn his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. He also did several specialty rotations including sports, trauma and total joint arthroplasty at the Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. After residency, he completed a fellowship in adult reconstruction and total joint arthroplasty at Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida in Fort Myers, Florida. During fellowship, he performed or participated in over 1,000 total joint arthroplasty procedures, including anterior hip, partial knee resurfacing, revision hip and knee replacement, and total shoulder replacement. He received additional training in robotic- assisted partial knee and hip replacement as well as knee arthroscopy.

Dr. Herrema brings a conservative approach to his practice. He believes in trying nonsurgical options prior to knee or hip replacement. These options include injections, physical therapy, bracing and other anti- inflammatory agents to help reduce pain from arthritis. Dr. Herrema specializes in revisions of failed or older surgeries that need reparation or refinement.

Dr. Herrema enjoys traveling and outdoor activities including running, golf and kayaking. His wife, Heather, is a neurologist in St Petersburg, Florida, with specialty training in Parkinson’s disease. Dr Herrema and his wife enjoy spending time with their daughter, Emma.

Richard S. Howell, M.D.

Dr. Richard Howell is a Fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in Sports Injuries and Surgery, Shoulder Surgery, and Hip Arthroscopy. His clinical interests include Shoulder Dislocations and Labral Tears, Rotator Cuff Tears, Shoulder Arthritis and Arthroplasty (Joint Replacement), Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears, Multiple Ligament Knee Injuries, Meniscus Tears, Cartilage Damage, Hip Labral Tears, Femoroacetabular Impingement, and Joint Preservation.

Dr. Howell is a native of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He attended Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor’s degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He went on to receive his Medical Doctorate from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia where he was also inducted into the medical honors society. Following medical school, Dr. Howell remained at Drexel University for five years of orthopaedic surgery residency training with extensive experience in joint replacement and trauma surgery. He was selected as Chief Resident during his final year. He then completed a fellowship in Sports Surgery at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. His fellowship encompassed all areas of sports surgery, in addition to an emphasis on shoulder replacement and hip arthroscopy.

Dr. Howell has published manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals on the subjects of meniscus injury, nerve blocks for knee surgery, and spine column injuries. He has presented his research at orthopaedic meetings and frequently gives lectures to train other surgeons.

He served as Team Physician for the Chinese National Olympic Men’s and Women’s Volleyball teams, Women’s NBA Chicago Sky, University of Chicago, and Concordia University.

In his free time, Dr. Howell enjoys running, golf, hunting, attending sports events, and being on the water. His wife, Marta, is a native Floridian. Together they enjoy traveling, hiking, and anything outdoors.

Undergraduate: Messiah College
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Residency: Drexel University College of Medicine
Fellowship: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine