Dr. John Clarke, MD

Dr. John Clarke, MD

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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.

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Care Philosophy

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

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Dr. Clarke's Experience

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


  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Gastroenterological Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Abscess
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendicitis
  • Appendix Cancer
  • Benign Tumor
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Recurrence
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoma in Situ
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
  • Endocrine Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Gastroenterologic Cancer (Colon, Stomach, Esophageal, Liver)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
  • Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
  • Locally Advanced Breast Cancer
  • Lymphoma of the Breast
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Malignant Breast Tumor
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Pre-Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Secretory Breast Carcinoma
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Traumatic Hernia
  • Ulcer
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Ventral Hernia


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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sphincterotomy
  • 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

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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St. Petersburg General Hospital

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Hospital Quality

2016 Five Star Recipient for Appendectomy

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Dr. Clarke's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Clarke to family and friends
based on 100 total reviews (28 with comments)
Dr. Clarke'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 (28)
in St Petersburg |
I came to know Dr. Clarke by a visit to the emergency room in which he was called upon to be my physician and surgeon. I found Dr. Clarke to be knowledgeable, experienced, compassionate, and caring with "this patient." He also has a staff that compliments those attributes! My thanks to you all in the handling of my situation.
Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate you taking the time to post this survey. If we can be of service to you please feel free to contact our office. Janice VanOss RN PM
in Clearwater |
Dr Clarke is very skilled and cares about his patients. Thank you Dr Clarke for all you do..
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in St Petersburg, FL |
The whole experience was pleasant and the staff was friendly and genuinely caring.
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Valrico, FL |
Dr. Clarke is an outstanding surgeon. In addition to years of experience and exceptional medical expertise, he also has the soft skills needed to communicate effectively and compassionately. The staff members are professional, efficient, and friendly.
Thank you for the kind words, please feel free to contact us if we can be of service to you or your family.
in Seminole, FL |
I was referred to Dr Clarke by my Primary Doctor Bart Natoli for an evaluation of a Hernia. After his evaluation, Doctor Clarke determined that I had a Hernia that needed to be operated on to correct and reduce the pain which was significant. In the process the doctor and his staff were among the best that I have ever had the opportunity to work with to get me back on the road to recovery. They were accessible, caring and very responsive to my needs prior to, during and after the surgery.
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in St Petersburg, FL |
I LOVE Doctor Clarke! I only wish I had found him sooner. He is so down to earth and a wonderful doctor!
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St Petersburg, FL |
The whole experience was much better than I had anticipated due to my age, 88, and having heard of some folks my age who were frightened by gthe thought of surgery. But he and his staff were extraordinary in providing me with pre-operative instructions and post-surgery expectations. They must have had a crystal ball! But his extensive experience truly paid off in makig me comfortable with the post surgery recovery.
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in Madeira beach fla 33708 |
You have total confidence in him without any fear. You are the best of hands for your care. One less thing for you to worry about with him as your doctor.
in St Petersburg, FL |
I highly recommend Dr. John Clarke and his amazing staff for anyone considering Hernia Surgery. I had a very complicated inguinal hernia, Dr. Clarke and staff walked me thru the steps to prepare for the surgery and what to expect afterwords with true concern for my health. One month later I am 100% better. I can't thank Dr. Clarke enough for his skills as a surgeon and for the care I was given. 5 Stars! Many thanks, Ric Addy
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in St Petersburg, FL |
Dr.Clarke Is One Of The Finest Surgeons You Would Ever Have The Opportunity To Meet.He Has Operated On Me Numerous Times And He Has Truly Saved My Life.He Is A Miracle Doctor Who Always Knows Just What To Do.I Highly Recommend Him To All.God Blessed Me When I Found Him.Job Well Done.His Staff Is Outstanding Too...Compassionate And Kind Always.
in St Petersburg, FL |
Excellent !!!!!!
in St Petersburg, FL |
Dr. Clarke performed an amazing surgery for a hernia repair which in return finally gave me relief after 3 Long Years & Other Unsuccessful Attempts. I'm deeply grateful & only wished I'd found him sooner, Great Man!!
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in St Petersburg, FL |
Office staff is the best, they were attentive to my concerns and listened to me. Dr. Clarke gave me the information needed to make decisions. After he left the exam room I had more more questions and he came back, graciously listened to me, was unhurried and made sure I had the questions answered.
in Parrish, FL |
There is no better thoracic surgeon, or a finer person. I believe he is a gift to all of us.
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in St Petersburg, FL |
A good caring old fashioned physician.
in St Petersburg, FL |
I liked Dr John right from the get go. I could tell he's an old school person & Dr. He & his staff are persons of integrity that actually care. He employs nurses with knowledge not techs. Janice seems to be the head nurse, again a person that cares. If need be I will go back. Thank you Dr John & staff. PS: The professionals in pre-op(Palms of Pasadena) were super also.
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in St Petersburg, FL |
I came to Dr. Clarke during an emergency, and not only did his staff do everything they could to make me feel comfortable and at ease with the situation, they went above and beyond any medical staff I had had experience with. As a Surgeon, I would recommend Dr. Clarke to everyone.
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in St Petersburg, FL |
Thank you for giving us a great score! Our dedicated staff takes great pride in serving the St Petersburg community.
in Tampa, FL |
Dr. Clarke treats his patients like people, not numbers. He listened to me, he trusted me. He was honest about everything: his thoughts, ideas, test results. He promised he'd do everything he could to help me with my medical condition and he came through with his promise. He's a kind, considerate, comforting doctor. The world needs more doctors like Dr. Clarke.
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in St Petersburg, FL |
I have had two surgeries with Dr. Clarke as my surgeon. I can't imagine having anyone else as my surgeon. He is very professional, kind, caring, and very concerned about his patients. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
in St Petersburg, FL |
I had two surgeries with Dr. Clarke this year, one for a bowel resection and one for a ventral hernia. He is warm and caring, but more importantly he is extremely skilled. , my pain has been minimal. with both surgeries, I was off pain meds in 4 days and back to work sooner than he or I expected. As I right this I am exactly 2 weeks post op and am very happy with my recovery.
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in St Petersburg, FL |
Everyone was very nice, fun, and professional.
in Treasure Island, FL |
Dr. Clarke and his staff see you in a timely fashion, always professional and just downright nice people. A few of my personal friends in the medical field recommended him to me, and now I know why..
in Treasure Island. FL |
Three surgeries all went well as well as the several followups. Professional all the way.
in Seminole, FL |
That staff and dr clarke walk around with confidence that really. Put me at ease. I didn't. Have a very good experience. During a previous. Hernia operation in lakeland and this group of staff ,docters and hospital. Staff swept away any fear i had before and l thank you all for that. I will do again if necessary. With this place. I pray blessings over this whole community of docters, nursing ,staff in the name of jesus. Thanks terry jordan
in St Petersburg Florida |
After unsuccessful surgeries in attempt to correct a problem with my nearly 20 year old ileostomy , I found Dr. Clarke. He patiently explained how and what he would do while giving me realistic and honest answers and expectations of the outcome. His warmth and kindness made me feel relaxed and confident that he cared about me as a person. The outcome of my surgery was a life altering success! Because of him, I have been able to travel and return to the gym without worry. I thank God for him
in St Petersburg |
After unsuccessful surgeries in attempt to correct a problem with my nearly 20 year old ileostomy , I found Dr. Clarke. He patiently explained how and what he would do while giving me realistic and honest answers and expectations of the outcome. His warmth and kindness made me feel relaxed and confident that he cared about me as a person. The outcome of my surgery was a life altering success! Because of him, I have been able to travel and return to the gym without worry. I thank God for him
in St Petersburg, FL |
Dr. Clarke repaired my hernia at Palms Pasadena best doctor and hospital experience ever. Professional, caring, very clean, conscientious environment. Highly recommend!
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Dr. Clarke accepts 17 insurance carriers
  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice PPO
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    HealthKeepers Plus POS
  • AvMed
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida PPO
  • Careplus
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • MVP Health Care
    MVP Health Care PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    Secure Horizons
    United Healthcare
  • WellCare
    WellCare PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Clarke has admitting privileges

St. Petersburg General Hospital
6500 38th Ave N
Saint Petersburg, FL 33710
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Palms of Pasadena Hospital
1501 Pasadena Ave S
South Pasadena, FL 33707
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Saint Anthony's Hospital
1200 7th Ave N
Saint Petersburg, FL 33705
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