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St. Vincent Medical Group

St. Vincent Medical Group (SVMG), in association with St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, is a multi-specialty physician practice group that employs 34 physicians in 10 office locations around Greater Cleveland.

SVMG is dedicated to providing quality, faith-based medical services to community neighborhoods.

Our physicians offer compassionate and professional care, while respecting the dignity of all persons. We offer convenient accessibility to all persons, regardless of their ability to pay, while maintaining sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity.

For information about joining St. Vincent Medical Group, please contact CHRISTOPHER SLOAT, CHIEF OF STAFF, BY CALLING 216.363.7402.

  • Specialties:

    General Surgery
  • Louis Keppler, M.D.

    Board-certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Keppler's clinical practice is broad, encompassing sports medicine, spinal reconstructive surgery, scoliosis surgery and joint replacement. Dr. Keppler completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics and spinal surgery at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, and residency training in orthopedic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He has a medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Keppler's dynamic professional practice includes serving as Medical Director for the Cleveland Indians from 2000 to 2004 and he has been a Team Orthopedic Surgeon with the club since 1991. A consultant to orthopedic device developers, Dr. Keppler is involved in implant and instrument design and ongoing clinical research. Dr. Keppler is the Clinical Surgical Research Adviser to the Joint Implant Surgery and Research Foundation and serves on the foundation's Tissue-Sparing Implant Study Group.

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    Specialties:

    Orthopedic Surgery
    Spine Surgery

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  • John S. Collis, M.D.

    Board-certified in neurosurgery with a special interest in disorders and injuries of the cervical and lumbar spine, Dr. Collis completed residencies in general surgery and neurological surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. A teacher and clinician, he has served as an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Among the many devices he has helped to invent are surgical instruments for total disc replacement, a laminectomy retractor, and a table for disc puncture for testing and treatment. Dr. Collis has held roles as director of spinal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, and as director of neurosurgery at both St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Lutheran Hospital.

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    Specialties:

    Spine Surgery
    Neurological Surgery

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  • James S. Anderson, M.D.,F.A.C.S.

    Dr. James Anderson has extensive experience in neurosurgery. A board-certified surgeon, Dr. Anderson has special interests in craniocervical junction, complex cervical spine and minimally invasive lumbar spine work. He joined St. Vincent Charity in September 2014 after 15 years at Metrohealth. He is a graduate of the California College of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine. He completed his internship and residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and is fellowship trained in neurotrauma and spine. Dr. Anderson has served as associate professor of neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and has mentored medical students, residents and fellows throughout his career. In addition to holding a number of administrative roles, he has written and lectured extensively on neurosurgery topics and has led grant-funded research projects in Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES). Dr. Anderson is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Medical Association, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

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    Specialties:

    Neurological Surgery

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  • Matthew E. Levy, MD

    Born and raised in Cleveland, Dr. Matthew Levy worked for 14 years as team physician for a number of local sports teams. After graduating from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, he completed his internship and residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Levy is also fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine.

    Board-certified in Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Levy is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Ohio State Medical Association, American College of Surgeons and Arthroscopy Society of North America. He has written extensively on orthopedic issues and has a special interest in sports medicine. He also has expertise in joint replacement and fracture care.

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    Specialties:

    Orthopedic Surgery
  • Bernard Stulberg, M.D.

    Dr. Stulberg joined the Spine and Orthopedic Institute in October 2014 from the Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute. He has extensive experience in orthopedic surgery, including total joint replacement and revision joint surgery. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine, he completed an internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Chicago Hospital. He also completed a residency and research fellowship in orthopedic surgery at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Dr. Stulberg completed a fellowship in orthopedic surgery service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He graduated from the Professional Fellows Program at Case Western Reserve Weatherhead School of Management. Dr. Stulberg has held numerous academic appointments and has held committee assignments at the local, state, national and international level. He has published and presented extensively on a variety of orthopedic-related topics. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the Cleveland Academy of Medicine. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

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    Specialties:

    Orthopedic Surgery

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  • Jeffrey F. Shall, M.D.

    Dr. Shall is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. He has performed thousands of surgeries since 1991 and has special training in kyphoplasty, laser spine, total disc replacement, Dynesys Spine Stabilization, minimally invasive spine fusion and spine cord stimulators. Board-certified in orthopedic surgery, he is trained in both the anterior and posterior approach for both cervical and lumbar spine surgery. Dr. Shall graduated from The Ohio State University Medical School and completed his residency training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. In 1992, he completed a spine surgery fellowship with Dr. John Collils. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a fellow of the North American Spine Society.

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    Specialties:

    Orthopedic Surgery
  • Deborah A. Blades, M.D.

    Board-certified in Neurological Surgery, Deborah A. Blades, M.D., brings more than 10 years of experience to The Spine and Orthopedic Institute team. She specializes in neck, spine, head and intracranial surgery. Prior to joining St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Dr. Blades served as a Neurosurgeon at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and worked in the Department of Neurosurgery at Lexington Clinic in Kentucky. As a member of Cuyahoga Physician Network, Dr. Blades serves as a Professor of Neurological Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where she attended medical school. She completed her internship and residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland, and her fellowship in Neurological Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery at New York University Medical Center, Veterans Medical Center of New York and Bellvue Hospital in New York City. Dr. Blades is the chairperson for the Neurology/Neurosurgery Section of the National Medical Association, and a member of several national and international professional organizations, including: African/African – American Health Council in West Africa; Scientific Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons; Task Force on Pedicle Screws in Spinal Reconstruction; and Public Relations Committee/Registration Committee – Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Blades has contributed chapters to medical books, as well as numerous articles to publications, such as Journal of Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurotrauma and Journal of Neuroscience Research. She has also conducted several research projects in this field of medicine.

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    Specialties:

    Spine Surgery
    Neurological Surgery

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  • Specialties:

    Bariatric Surgery
    General Surgery
  • Michael B. Canales, D.P.M.

    Dr. Canales specializes in advanced podiatric medicine and surgery, providing complete medical and surgical care for injuries and conditions of the foot and ankle. His special interests include reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle, trauma of the foot and ankle and sports medicine of the foot and ankle. Dr. Canales holds a degree in podiatric medicine from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and a bachelor's degree in molecular genetics from The Ohio State University. He completed his residency training in podiatric medicine and surgery at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Dr. Canales has co-authored several published works and serves as a national speaker on numerous podiatric medicine and surgery topics. In addition, Dr. Canales is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Ohio Podiatric Medical Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Canales is Director of the Podiatry Residency Training Program and the Chief of Podiatry at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.

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    Specialties:

    Podiatry

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  • George Friedhoff, D.O.

    Dr. George Friedhoff is board-certified in internal medicine and sports medicine. He serves as a medical orthopedist in the Spine and Orthopedic Institute with special interests in acute/chronic back pain management, osteoarthritis, joint injections under musculoskeletal ultrasound and osteopathic manipulative treatment. Fellowship-trained in sports medicine, Dr. Friedhoff runs the Bump Clinic for school athletes and has special interests in concussions and overuse injuries for endurance athletes. He's held a number of sports medicine appointments, including team physician for Ohio University, Otterbein University, Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships, Nationwide Columbus Marathon, NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships, PGA President’s Cup and All Ohio State Soccer Championships.

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    Specialties:

    Sports Medicine
    Internal Medicine

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  • Specialties:

    Interventional Cardiology
    Cardiovascular Disease
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    Interventional Cardiology
    Cardiovascular Disease
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    Chiropractic Medicine
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    Chiropractic Medicine
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    Endocrinology
    Internal Medicine
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    Gastroenterology
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    Family Medicine
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    Gastroenterology
  • Specialties:

    General Surgery
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    General Surgery
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    Geriatric Medicine
    Internal Medicine
  • Specialties:

    Internal Medicine
  • Specialties:

    Internal Medicine
  • Specialties:

    Internal Medicine
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    Internal Medicine
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    Internal Medicine
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    Internal Medicine
    Nephrology
  • Specialties:

    Hematology
    Medical Oncology
  • Robert F. McLain, M.D.

    Dr. Robert McLain is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon with 25 years of expertise in complex spine care. Previously, he served 16 years as a Cleveland Clinic staff surgeon and educator with appointments in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, Professor of Surgery within the Lerner College of Medicine, and remains Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Cleveland State University. He served as Director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Spine Surgery Fellowship Program, a world-renowned program for advanced training of both Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Spine Surgeons. Dr. McLain joined St. Vincent Charity in January 2015.

    Dr. McLain is a recognized expert in the treatment of degenerative conditions of the neck and back, spine trauma, and instability of the spinal column. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and chapters, and serves as an invited speaker for national and international meetings focusing on spinal surgery.  

    Now fully devoted to clinical care, Dr. McLain’s specialty interests include artificial disc and disc replacement surgery for the cervical and lumbar spine; surgical treatment of degenerative disease of the spine, disc herniation and stenosis, and spinal instability; kyphoplasty; and treatment of neck and arm pain due to degeneration or disc herniation in the cervical spine.

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    Specialties:

    Orthopedic Surgery
    Spine Surgery

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  • Jeremy A. Perse, D.P.M.

    Dr. Perse is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He recently completed his residency at University Hospitals. Dr Perse specializes in foot and ankle surgery.

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    Specialties:

    Podiatry

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  • Specialties:

    Vascular Surgery