Welcome to Orthopaedic Specialties of Tampa Bay

A division of Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Our History

In 1968 Orthopedic Specialties George A. Morris, M.D. started the practice and since that time Orthopaedic Specialties family has grown to the seven physicians and seven specialty orthopedic practices that it is today. 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 generations of Pinellas County families. 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.

In March of 2023, Orthopaedic Specialties joined forces with Florida Orthopaedic Institute to increase our network and access to all specialties of Orthopaedic Care throughout Pinellas and now Hillsborough County. We are now Orthopaedic Specialties – A Division of Florida Orthopaedic Institute. The name may have changed but the family care and continued tradition of outstanding service and Board-Certified surgeons has not. We have been a cornerstone of Orthopaedic care in Pinellas County, and we will continue to be for many, many more generations of Pinellas County Families.

Special Announcement

After 35 and 37 years of practicing Medicine Orthopaedic Specialties is sad to announce the retirement of two of our founding partners here at OSTB. Michael Piazza, M.D. and W. Allen Hughes will both be retiring at the end of May, 2024. It has been an honor to have them as the founding partners of our practice and we wish them the happiest of retirement and we will miss them immensely.

For those who are past or current patients of theirs the partners of Orthopaedic Specialties will continue to provide you with the best care and the quality of care that both Dr. Piazza and Dr. Hughes have provided over these last 37 years.

Please let our staff know that you are a past or current patient of the doctors and we will make sure to get you to the correct provider to help you when in need.

Meet The Doctors

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...
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...
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....

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.