Welcome to Orthopaedic Specialties of Tampa Bay

A division of Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Suite C
Phone # (727) 446-5993
Fax # (727) 446-4477


As concerns regarding the spread of Corona (COVID-19) continue to escalates, we want you to know that we are here for YOU!

Orthopaedic Specialties offices remain OPEN for in-person appointments and virtual appointments through our new TELEMEDICINE. 

In addition, patients can still get elective surgery in surgery centers, including spine and total joints in some cases, which all our patients have access to and that they should ask their doctor for details.

Our physicians are available for same day/next day Orthopaedic appointments, helping you avoid Urgent Care Centers and Emergency Rooms – where Covid-19 symptoms are most likely symptoms are most likely to be present.

We are currently offering same day/next day appointments.

Please contact us at (727) 446-5993 (x 110) or (727) 449-2599 (x 304) for assistance.

Our History

Orthopedic Specialties celebrating 50 years of orthopaedic excellence in 2018. George A. Morris,, M.D. started the practice back in 1968 and our Orthopaedic Specialties family has grown to over this time. Orthopaedic Specialties continues a tradition of more than five decades of dedication to outstanding patient care in Pinellas County. Orthopedic Specialties of Tampa Bay has been providing a full spectrum of orthopedic care in Pinellas County for 50 years. Throughout these years we have treated many family members from children to grandparents. We know that in this day and age families are faced with many difficult decisions and concerns. Getting quality health care should not be one of them. At Orthopaedic Specialties delivering quality health care is our first concern. Our orthopedic surgeons are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we offer same day appointments for urgent problems. For more details, or to schedule an appointment, please call us and talk to any of our caring and knowledgeable orthopedic staff.


Starting September 1, 2020

Michael A. Venezia, DO, MPH

Michael A. Venezia, DO, MPH

MICHAEL A. VENEZIA D.O., M.P.H., is a fellowship trained, board eligible orthopedic spine surgeon. As a native Floridian, he attended the University of Central Florida (UCF) and completed his Medical School training in Bradenton, FL at LECOM. Simultaneously, he completed a Masters in Public Health with Nova Southeastern. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency nearby at Largo Medical Center. He
was elected by his faculty to serve as Chief Resident of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery during his final year of training.

Dr. Venezia went on to complete fellowship training in spinal surgery at the prestigious University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) with several world-renowned spine surgeons as his trainers and mentors. He
has received extensive training in both Orthopedic and Neurosurgical spine surgery techniques during his residency and fellowship and continues to combine them in his degenerative, minimally invasive and deformity practice.

He has authored numerous research publications, textbook chapters, as well as presented his cutting edge research both nationally and internationally. Dr. Venezia served as a delegate in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Resident Assembly Committee. He is currently an active member of the North American Spine Society (NASS), American Medical Association (AMA), and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Dr. Venezia is excited to return home to Florida to build a practice and life where both he and his wife, as well as their two daughters, were born and raised. He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and boating.

Meet The Doctors

Anthony L. Marcotte, D.O.

Anthony L. Marcotte, D.O., FAOAO

Dr. Anthony Marcotte, a Chicago native, earned his Bachelor of Science degree, double majoring in Bioengineering and Chemistry from University of...
Mitchell R. Herrema, D.O.

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...
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...
Michael A. Venezia, DO, MPH

Michael Venezia, D.O., M.P.H.

MICHAEL A. VENEZIA D.O., M.P.H., is a fellowship trained, board eligible orthopedic spine surgeon. As a native Floridian, he attended the University...
Richard S. Howell, M.D.

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....
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...

Patient Resources

With our two locations in Clearwater, Florida and board certified orthopedic surgeons, Orthopaedic Specialties offers complete and comprehensive care for all of your orthopedic needs. With our physicians trained in the latest technology, you will have more treatment options available to you. Please visti the bios of Michael Piazza, M.D., W. Allen Hughes, M.D., Anthony Marcotte D.O., Mitchell Herrema, D.O., Richard Howell, M.D., and Michael Venezia, D.O. here on our website for more information on each of their orthopedic specialties.

About Us

At Orthopaedic Specialties of Tampa Bay, our mission is to continue the tradition of over 45 years of multi-subspecialty orthopaedic care for Pinellas County with a focus on treating our patients as we ourselves would be treated.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following information answers our patients’ most common questions, but we always have time to deal with your personal concerns. If you don’t find your answer here, please ask.