Dr. John Clarke, MD is a general surgery doctor who practices in South Pasadena, FL. He has been practicing for 55 years. Dr. Clarke is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital, Saint Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.
When I went to medical school, it was not to make money. Only 25% of the population had health insurance. That situation changed, but my philosophy did not. I have never done an operation on a patient that I would not have recommended for a loved one. I have operated on hundreds of doctors and their families, and countless hospital nurses. This continues, and it is the greatest compliment I could hope for. I keep up to date. For example, my 1000th laparoscopic inguinal hernia was done last year.
"A patient can offer you no higher tribute than to entrust you with this life and his health and, by implication with the happiness of all his family. To be worthy of this trust we must submit for a lifetime to the constant discipline of unwearied effort in the search of knowledge, and of most reverent devotion to every detail in every operation that we perform." Sir Berkeley Moynihan, 1928
Dr. Clarke's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in General Surgery
Board certified in General Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
Why It Matters: Dr. Clarke's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Anal and Rectal Cancer
Breast Cancer Recurrence
Carcinoma in Situ
Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid Artery Stenosis
Cerebral Vascular Disease
Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
Gastroenterologic Cancer (Colon, Stomach, Esophageal, Liver)
Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
Port Placements or Replacements
Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
Revision of Arteriovenous Shunt for Renal Dialysis
Sentinel Node Biopsy
Soft Tissue Mass Biopsy
Temporal Artery Biopsy
Vascular Surgical Procedure
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Florida.
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
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For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University of Virginia
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1958
University of Virginia / Main Campus
Medical School | Graduated 1962
University of Florida
Internship Hospital | Completed 1963
University of Florida
Residency Hospital | Completed 1968
Andrews Air Force Base
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1972
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Bland, KI (ed): The Practice of General Surgery. New York, WB Saunders, 2001, pp 803-809., 2001
Goode LB, Byrd C, Wilkoff BL, Clarke JM, Fontaine J, Fearnot N, Smith HJ, Shipko FJ. Explantation of chronic transvenous pacemaker leads: Report of five cases. PACE 1989; 12:108., 1989
Clarke JM. A new instrument for thoracentesis. Surg Gynecol Obstet 1984; 159:586., 1984
Clarke JM. Culdocentesis in the evaluation of blunt abdominal trauma. Surg Gynecol Obstet 1969; 129:809., 1969
Clarke JM, Woodward ER. Transthoracic fundoplication for hiatal hernia and short esophagus in a three-year-old child. Case report. Surgery 1968; 64:858., 1968
Gonzalez R, Rehnke RD, Ramaswamy A, Smith CD, Clarke JM, Ramshaw BJ. Components separation technique and laparoscopic approach: A review of two evolving strategies for ventral hernia repair. Am Surg 2005, 71(7):598-605., 2005
Clarke JM. Dsyphagia with Angelchik prosthesis. Ann Thor Surg 1984; 37:355, 1984
Woodward ER, Rayl JE, Clarke JM. Esophageal hiatus hernia. Current Problems in Surgery. M. Ravitch, Ed. Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc. Chicago, 1970., 1970
Clarke JM, Rayl JE, Woodward ER. Experience with the Thal and Nissen operations in the treatment of reflux esophagitis with stricture. A preliminary report. Am Surg 1969; 35:89., 1969
Clarke JM, Jurkiewicz MJ, Woodward ER. Inhibition of motility in autotransplanted gastric pouches. Surg Forum 1966; 17:320., 1966
Clarke JM. Case for midline incisions. Lancet 1989; 1:622, 1989
Thomas HF, Clarke JM, Rayl JE, Woodward ER. Results of the combined fundic patch - fundoplication operation in the treatment of reflux esophagitis with stricture. Surg Gynecol Obstet 1972; 135:241., 1972
Clarke JM, Talbert JL. Neoplastic cysts of the spleen in children. Am Surg 1969; 35:488., 1969
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
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We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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