Physician Owners

Richard V. Abdo | William C. Cottrell | W. Allen Hughes II | John E. Kilgore | Michael R. Piazza | Michael L. Rothberg | Thomas O. Schwab | Theodore P. Vlahos

richardRichard 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 serves 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.

williamWilliam C. Cottrell, M.D.
Specializing In:
Sports medicine, arthroscopic knee & shoulder surgery, rotator cuff injuries, cartilage injuries and repair, ACL and ligament injuries and repair, minimally invasive surgery

Education:
Bachelor of Science- University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Medical Degree- University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL

Medical Training:
Internship– General Surgery, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL
Residency– Orthopaedic Surgery, University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile, AL
Fellowship– Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy, American Sports Medicine Institute, Birmingham, AL

Certifications and Memberships:
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
AO/ASIF Basic Course
National Board of Medical Examiners
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Florida Medical Association
Alabama Orthopaedic Society
American Medical Association

allenW. 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 hip and knee replacement using the state of the art computer-assisted navigation system. 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.

johnJohn E. Kilgore, M.D.
Specializing In:
Computer assisted minimally invasive hip and knee replacements, Partial knee replacements and resurfacing

Education:
University of Florida–Bachelor of Science, Gainesville, FL,
University of South Florida College of Medicine- Medical Degree

Medical Training:
Internship–Department of Surgery,
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN
Residency–Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN

Certifications and Memberships:
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
National Board of Medical Examiners
Florida Orthopaedic Society
Mayo Alumni Association
Florida Medical Association
Pinellas County Medical Association

MichaelMichael 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, graduating Cum Laude. He went on to earn his Medical Degree from the Milton S. Hershey Medical School of Penn State University in Hershey, Pennsylvania in 1983. Dr. Piazza completed his General Surgical Internship at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania in 1984. He completed his Orthopaedic 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 Hospital.
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 presently serves 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 orthopaedics has enabled him to become involved in clinical research studies. He is presently 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 orthopaedic problems.

RothbergMichael L. Rothberg, M.D.
Specializing In:
Hand and upper extremities, thumb joint replacements, wrist arthroscopy and reconstruction, arthritis of the wrist, carpal tunnel, trigger finger, dupuytren’s disease

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology, Cum Laude-Tufts University, Medford, MA
Medical Degree – University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

Medical Training:
Internship–General Surgery, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX,
– Shock Trauma Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Residency-Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Joint Diseases, Orthopaedic Institute, New York, NY
Fellowship– Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA
Externship–Surgical and nonoperative treatment of rheumatoid deformities of the hand, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA, Dr. Edward Nalebuff and Dr. Lewis Millender

Certifications and Memberships:
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Hand
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
National Board of Medical Examiners
Nalebuff Hand Society
VirchelWood Hand Society
Activities:
Chief of Orthopaedics- Morton Plant Hospital

thomasThomas O. Schwab, M.D.
Specializing In:
Computer assisted minimally invasive hip and knee replacement, Adult reconstructive surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder, Arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder, Minimally invasive rotator cuff surgery.

Education:
Miami University–Bachelor of ArtsOxford, Ohio
Ohio State Medical School–Medical Degree, Columbus, Ohio

Medical Training:
Internship– Highland General Hospital, Oakland, CA
Residency– Orthopaedics, Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
Residency-Orthopaedic Surgery, Mount Carmel medical Center, Columbus, Ohio

Certifications and Memberships:
American Medical Association
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Eastern Orthopaedic Association
Florida Medical Association
Florida Orthopaedic Society
National Board of Medical Examiners
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

theodoreTheodore P. Vlahos, MD
Dr. Vlahos is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency in 1993 from George Washington University Medical Center and entered the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a chief Orthopaedic Surgery at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. He also served as Staff Orthopedic Surgeon at Andrews Air Force in Washington, D.C., Dr. Vlahos has been practicing in the Tampa Bay area since 1997.
In 2002, Dr. Vlahos founded The Center for Orthopedic Injuries and Disorders in Palm Harbor, Florida. Here he offers a wide range of Orthopaedic services and procedures. He also offers an onsite patient care team compromised of a highly qualified Physician Assistant and Orthopaedic Technician, Clinical Liaison. This is to ensure that the patients receive the best and most timely care.

Dr. Vlahos is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. Dr. Vlahos is also experienced as an Expert Medical Advisor with the State of Florida. The Doctor is on staff at the Morton Plant Mease Countryside and Dunedin Hospitals, and Florida Hospitals (North Pinellas & Carrollwood).

Certifications and Memberships:
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Board of Independent Medical Examiners
Eastern Orthopaedic Society
Southern Orthopaedic Society
Florida Orthopaedic Society
Florida Medical Association
Pinellas County Medical Association
Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America