Dr. James Westervelt, MD

General SurgeryMaleAge 65

Dr. Westervelt
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USF General Surgery

601 7th St S Ste 495 St Petersburg, FL 33701

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Dr. James Westervelt, MD is a General Surgery Specialist in St Petersburg, FL. He is affiliated with medical facilities Bayfront Health Saint Petersburg and St. Petersburg General Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Westervelt to book an appointment.

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Dr. Westervelt did a great job on my hernia repair. My lower back and abdominal pain were alleviated by the procedure. I highly recommend Dr. Westervelt for his surgical expertise, and his obvious care and concern for his patients. And the office staff was very professional and efficient.
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  • Staff friendliness
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Marc Handelsman – Jun 18, 2021
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As someone who relies heavily on reviews, I’ve realized the importance of leaving my own. Dr. Westervelt took my gallbladder out almost 7 years ago, and he couldn’t have been nicer, professional, or more caring. I would definitely go to him again ... although, hoping I never have to.
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Jul 16, 2020
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Dr Westervelt performed surgery as an elective procedure for my chronic constipation. He ended up removing 80% of my colon without my consent and now I have hypothyroidism,chronic diarrhea, severe insomnia, extreme lethargy, 50 lb weight gain, and basically my life is forever changed. I wish I never let him agree to “help” me. There was no follow up care about what could happen to my body. I went undiagnosed with the thyroid for 5 years, and almost lost my life due to extreme depression.
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Apr 17, 2019
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As a surgical rep, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Dr. Westervelt in the OR on many occasions. I was always impressed with his bedside manner pre, peri and post operatively. It’s abundantly clear that he’s a surgeon who truly cares about the patients he serves, employing innovative techniques that result in less post op pain. My Inguinal hernia repair was perfect. Very little pain, fast recovery and excellent communication throughout. Highly recommend this very talented surgeon.
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  • Staff friendliness
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Chad Stelzle in St. Petersburg , FL – Aug 13, 2018
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This Doctor is absolutely amazing. Not only is he kind caring and compassionate but he truly cares about his patients My husband had been in extreme pain from a botched hernia operation for 6 years unable to get anyone to listen to or believe him Dr Westervelt not only listened, he reassured us that he could and would help us He operated a week ago and now my husband can once again have a normal life I don't know what we would have done without him He keeps the "care" in healthcare AWESOME DR!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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D.Moore in Largo, FL – Jul 27, 2018
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Here I sit with my spouse in excruciating pain post op. This Dr. was on call tonight. I have had his answering service leave 4 messages for him, a hours later.... crickets. Guess someone needs to explain what on call means to him. Thank goodness he is not her actual surgeon, and he’s just the guy on call, because his reliability is a big fat zero.
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  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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F. Herrera in RIVERVIEW – Jun 02, 2018
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You made my sister feel like someone cared for once. You bed side manners area above a beyond. Thanks from the entire Crawfords siblings all (10) of us.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Port Richey, FL – Apr 25, 2017
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best best best
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cedo Tomas in Clearwater, FL – Apr 06, 2017
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I Found Dr Westervelt to be very Caring and Pleasant and felt very confident with him as my surgeon I had a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal)
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Pinellas Park, FL – Mar 15, 2017
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DR . Westervelt truly cares about his patients surgical results ,comfort and safety.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Carole Johnson in St Petersburg, FL – Feb 22, 2017
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Dr. Westervelt is very kind and cares about his patients .He is very skilled and knowledgable in laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He moved from Suncoast to Bayfront and will be a great addition to that hospital. I will always trust my surgeries to Dr. Westervelt!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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St Petersburg, FL – Apr 05, 2016
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I went to see this doctor about removing a growth from my back. My visit was in December and I was told to call after the first of the year to schedule my procedure because they were moving offices. When I called in January, I was told that he was no longer part of the practice and no one knew where he was. Basically, he lied to me so that he could get money from me and my insurance and never had any intention of actually helping me. If you need a surgeon, go see Eugene Murphy instead.
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  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Heather in St Petersburg, FL – Mar 11, 2016
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After surgery by Dr. Westervelt, I was in horrendous pain. He would not return my calls to him or my visit to his office to please call. He never called & I ended up having to go to the ER. After my surgery, the nurse in the recovery room said that two people had to hold me down on the surgical table.....the reason was I woke up during the surgery. Obviously, I was in tremendous pain. Anyone considering surgery by him should check his license. If only I had done this prior to surgery!
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Too trusting! in Florida – Feb 13, 2016
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4 surgerys
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Green Cove Springs, FL – Jan 30, 2016
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Care Philosophy

Surgical Care In An Environment Of Compassion.

Biography

Dr. James Westervelt, M.D., FACS, earned his medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY in 1986. His residency at Brookdale Hospital...Read more

Specialties

  • General Surgery

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What are Dr. James Westervelt, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Westervelt frequently treats Inguinal Hernia, Cholecystitis and Gallstones, and Umbilical Hernia. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Westervelt treats.

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Dr. Westervelt's office is located at 601 7th St S Ste 495, St Petersburg, FL 33701. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Westervelt's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Inguinal Hernia
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Westervelt treats Inguinal Hernia more than 84% of his peers

Dr. Westervelt treats this condition more than 84% of his peers

Cholecystitis and Gallstones
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Westervelt treats Cholecystitis and Gallstones more than 84% of his peers

Dr. Westervelt treats this condition more than 84% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acute Cholecystitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Gallstones
Umbilical Hernia
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Westervelt treats Umbilical Hernia more than 84% of his peers

Dr. Westervelt treats this condition more than 84% of his peers

Dr. Westervelt's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Abscess
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acid Reflux Surgery
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anal Prolapse
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Appendicitis
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Benign Tumor
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Biopsy of Breast
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Lump
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Bunion Surgery
  • Cancer
  • Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Colectomy
  • Colectomy and Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Destruction of Anal Tumor
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
  • Duodenal Polypectomy
  • Empyema
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Fistula
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision of Esophageal Lesion
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Excision of Testicular Lesion
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Femoral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gallstones
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Open
  • Gastric Restrictive With Partial Gastrectomy or Jejunojejunostomy
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrotomy
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hidradenitis
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Ileus
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Ischemic Colitis
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Gastroenterostomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Lipomas
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lumpectomy
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Mastectomy
  • Megacolon
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pelvic Abscess
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Proctosigmoidopexy With Robotic Assistance
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
  • Revision of Gastric Anastomosis or Restrictive Procedure
  • Robotic Heller Myotomy for the Treatment of Achalasia
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skin Grafts
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Thrombosis
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tubo-Ovarian Abscess
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Ventral Hernia

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USF General Surgery601 7th St S Ste 495 St Petersburg, FL 33701
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    • Mon: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 9:30am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 9:00am - 12:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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