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 graduated from University of Virginia / Main Campus in 1962 and specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and more.Read his story

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Intestinal Obstruction
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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 "After majoring in French at UVA, I was one of two students admitted to medical school without an undergraduate degree. I had financial difficulties and got through medical school by working as a blood bank technician, an OR technician, and a liquor store clerk. I also took out loans and got a scholarship. I managed to finish in the top 1/3 of my class. I entered the Air Force after my first year of surgery training at the University of Florida, practiced OB-Gyn for almost two years and then went back to UF to finish surgery training under Air Force sponsorship. Going back on active duty, I was assigned to Andrews Air Force Base, outside of Washington DC, and became the chief of the general surgery service. I became a rated flight surgeon and rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel. I had extra experience in thoracic, vascular, and endocrine surgery while at this major Air Force Hospital before entering private practice in St. Petersburg. During my private practice years I have published 15 scientific papers including a chapter in a textbook of surgery and a forward to a recent textbook of laparoscopic surgery. I have also given presentations at the University of Alabama, three meetings of the Americas Hernia Society, the Woodward Society UF, and the First World Hernia Congress in Milan. My Bibliography: Clarke JM, Jurkiewicz MJ, Woodward ER. Inhibition of motility in autotransplanted gastric pouches. Surg Forum 1966; 17:320. Clarke JM, Woodward ER. Transthoracic fundoplication for hiatal hernia and short esophagus in a three-year-old child. Case report. Surgery 1968; 64:858 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. Clarke JM, Talbert JL. Neoplastic cysts of the spleen in children. Am Surg 1969; 35:488. Clarke JM. Culdocentesis in the evaluation of blunt abdominal trauma. Surg Gynecol Obstet 1969; 129:809. Woodward ER, Rayl JE, Clarke JM. Esophageal hiatus hernia. Current Problems in Surgery. Ravitch, Ed. Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc. Chicago, 1970. 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. Clarke JM. Dsyphagia with Angelchik prosthesis. Ann Thor Surg 1984; 37:355. Clarke JM. A new instrument for thoracentesis. Surg Gynecol Obstet 1984; 159:586. Clarke JM. Case for midline incisions. Lancet 1989; 1:622. 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. Clarke, JM. Incisional Hernia. In Bland, KI (ed): The Practice of General Surgery. New York, WB Saunders, 2001, pp 803-809. 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. Clarke, J. Incisional hernia repair by fascial component separation: Results in 128 cases and evolution of technique. Am J Surg 2010, 200:1-7. Clarke, J. "Foreword". In Mishra, RK: Laparoscopic Hernia Repair. New Delhi, Jaypee Brothers, 2015. "

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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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Specialties

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

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

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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.

Education

  • 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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2018 Five Star Recipient for Treatment of Gastrointestinal Bleed

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Dr. Clarke's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Clarke to family and friends
5.0
based on 108 total reviews (35 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (108)

  • 5
    (106)
  • 4
    (1)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
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  • 1
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Dr. Clarke's Performance

Trustworthiness
EXCELLENT
Explains condition(s) well
EXCELLENT
Answers Questions
EXCELLENT
Time well spent
EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

Scheduling
EXCELLENT
Office environment
EXCELLENT
Staff friendliness
EXCELLENT
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes
Dr. Clarke Says:

I have not reviewed all of these responses. After a few pages, I found it somewhat embarrassing and yet humbling, in a way, to receive such praise. (I suppose there are some bad ones as well, but I did not get that far!)

Certainly the fact that so many people have volunteered to take the time to comment on my services is a great compliment in itself.

I am very grateful to those who have offered me their heartfelt thanks.


Patient Comments (35)

in St Petersburg
I was very impressed with the knowledge, thoroughness, professionalism and care of Dr John Clark and his whole staff. Although Dr Clark is a surgeon, he is not the type to suggest surgery without exploring carefully all the avenues available for the health of his patient. A.P.
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Dr Clarke is an excellent surgeon with a wonderful bedside manner. The diagnosis was made and they tried to correct without surgery before they operated. The surgery was painless and did not require pain medication. I highly recommend Dr Clarke.
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in St Petersburg, FL
He’s the right doctor for everyone. The Surgical team introduced themselves before me as they prepared me for surgery. The office staff is awesome, no long waits in the lobby or exam room. So, Dr Clarke has a great practice that I’m thankful for.
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Dr. Clarke is an EXCELLENT surgeon. I am always in good hands with Dr. Clarke. He always answers my questions in a manner that I can understand. The medical profession would be a much better place if there were more doctors like him. Dr. Clarke still has the same enthusiasm and passion for...more
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I was fortunate to know Dr Clarke because he saved my wife's life 30 years ago using his surgical expertise.. My double inguinal hernia operation went as smoothly as any operation could..Dr Clarke's office staff and medical personnel are by far the best I have ever encountered. Simply stated, you...more
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