Dr. John Clarke, MD

Dr. John Clarke, MD

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Dr. John Clarke, MD is a general surgery specialist in South Pasadena, FL and has been practicing for 46 years. He specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and more.Read his story

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Top Care Areas

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Intestinal Obstruction
very high
more than 99% of peers
Port Placements or Replacements
very high
more than 99% of peers
Abdominal Disorders
very high
more than 92% of peers

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Dr. Clarke's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Clarke "Dr. John M. Clarke was educated in the public schools of Norfolk, Virginia and was admitted to the University of Virginia, where he majored in French. By attending summer session, he was also able to complete the science requirements for Medical School in three years. He was one of only two students admitted to the School of Medicine that year without an undergraduate degree.After graduating from Medical School, Dr. Clarke began a Surgery Residency at the University of Florida. After one year, he entered the US Air Force and was assigned to the Obstetrics and Gynecology Service at an Air Force Hospital, where he practiced that specialty until returning to the University of Florida to complete his Surgery training. He was also an attending surgeon at Shands Teaching Hospital until his transfer to the US Air Force Hospital at Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, DC. While there he obtained additional experience and training in Thoracic and Vascular surgery. He was a rated Flight Surgeon and rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel before returning to the University of Florida to complete his surgery training. He went on to obtain additional experience and training in thoracic and vascular surgery."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Clarke "When I went to medical school, it was not to make money. Only 25% of the population had health insurance. Physicians' incomes were just average.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 try to keep up to date. For example, my 1000th laparoscopic inguinal hernia was done some years ago, at which time I stopped counting.

My philosophy: "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"

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7  Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Gastroenterological Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

1  Board Certifications

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

63  Conditions Treated

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40  Procedures

  • Abdominal Mass Biopsy
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Arteriovenous Fistula Repair
  • Biopsy
  • Biopsy of Affected Tissue
  • Biopsy of Breast
  • Carotid Surgery
  • Colectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Dialysis Access Procedures
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excisional Biopsy
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hernia Repair
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Mastectomy
  • Muscle Biopsy
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Port Removal
  • Revision of Arteriovenous Shunt for Renal Dialysis
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
  • Soft Tissue Mass Biopsy
  • Surgical Biopsy
  • Temporal Artery Biopsy
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for 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.


  • 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, J. Incisional hernia repair by fascial component separation: Results in 128 cases and evolution of technique. Am J Surg 2010, 200:1-7., 2010
  • 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
  • Bay Surgical Specialists Website, 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

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What People Say About Dr. John Clarke, MD
The information Dr. Clarke provided was spot on.
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Sam B in none – Aug 03, 2018
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Very nice and well-informed Doctor although he couldn't help me he did steer me in the appropriate Direction
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Randy Albrecht in Bokeelia, NC – Jul 26, 2018
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My treatment didnt turn out as planned, and all im getting is the run around for other cures. i came here because of the high rating...i was mistaken!
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lilly in Tampa – Jul 17, 2018
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Dr Clark and his staff are friendly and professional. My experience , my first surgery, went well. The entire team made me feel comfortable and informed. I highly recommend Dr Clark.
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Victor in ST PETERSBURG, FL – Jul 03, 2018
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One of the Best Dr we have visited in a while. Would highly recommend him and his staff. Surgery was successful we received very good instructions.
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