Dr. Ernest Rehnke, MD

Dr. Ernest Rehnke, MD

General Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
65 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Ernest Rehnke, MD is a general surgery specialist in South Pasadena, FL and has been practicing for 31 years. He specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and more.Read his story

1615 Pasadena Ave S Ste 460

South Pasadena, FL 33707
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Insurance Accepted

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida
  • Humana
  • Tricare

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Top Care Areas

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Port Placements or Replacements
very high
more than 95% of peers
more than 88% of peers
Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
more than 69% of peers

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Dr. Rehnke's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Rehnke "Dr. Ernest Rehnke, originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, attended medical school at St. George University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. He then completed his five-year training in General Surgery at Methodist Hospital in New York, which included a Pediatric Surgery rotation at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. and a Transplantation rotation at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Following this training, Dr. Rehnke completed a one-year fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas. Dr. Rehnke established his surgical practice in General/Peripheral Vascular Surgery in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1987. He has been a member of the Active Medical Staff at Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL, since January 1988. Dr. Rehnke began performing the Gastric Bypass procedure for weight reduction in 1998 and added the LAP-BAND® procedure to his comprehensive program in 2004. Dr. Rehnke is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgeons."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Rehnke "We strive to form a lasting partnership between patient and physician to jointly meet your health needs. We consistently offer a personalized approach to healthcare."

3  Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

28  Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • Aneurysm
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis of Aorta
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Cataract Surgery Complications
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chronic Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Obesity
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease of Extremities
  • Peripheral Arterial Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Renal Artery Arteriosclerotic Disease
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thrombosis
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Disease
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Venous Insufficiency

45  Procedures

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Background Check

2 Malpractice Claims
  • Settlement : 8/11/2016
    Amount or Range: $245,000.00
    Nature of Complaint: Pinellas County
    State: Florida
  • Settlement : 8/22/2016
    Amount or Range: $245,000.00
    Nature of Complaint: Pasco County
    State: Florida
0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Emory University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1975
  • St George's University
    Medical School | Graduated 1981
  • Downstate SUNY Med Ctr
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Methodist Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985
  • Texas Heart Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1987

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Bariatric Center of Excellence, American Society of Bariatric Surgery & Surgical Review Corporation, 2006-2009
  • Humanitarian Award, St Petersburg General Hospital, 2009
Media & Publications

Dr. Rehnke has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Rehnke's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Rehnke to family and friends
51 total reviews (5 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (51)

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Dr. Rehnke's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (5)

I had a infected wound from Bariatric lap-band surgery. It got increasingly worse for 3 months. Dr. failed to treat the infection properly. Infection got so serious, I went to my family Dr. I then had to have lap band removed 4 months after surgery by another surgeon. I have documentation...more
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After 17 years of battling with Ulcerative Colitis Dr. Rehnke performed BCIR surgery on me in 2016 and gave me my life back. I can't say enough kind words about him and his entire staff. The nurses at Palms of Pasadena Hospital are the best I have ever had. Thanks Doc.
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He is the best vascular and bariatric surgeon around. I wouldn't trust anyone else!
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Dr Rehnke is a one of a kind surgeon. He provides excellent, unique surgical care while maintaining contact with and providing followup care for his patients (his BCIR family) with caring and excellence. Just returned from a visit to Palms of Pasadena over 10 years post-op and was as pleased with...more
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I had hernia 5 weeks ago by Dr. Rehnke , his staff was great . Dr Rehnke was wonderful on my office visits and in the minutes that he came in to see me at before my surgery at the surgery center. I feel that I recouperated faster than my previous hernia surgery on the other side 14 years ago ,...more
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