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Gary Birken, MD

Dr. Birken is a surgeon in the Miami area.
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Conditions treated

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484 doctors
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484 doctors
Top 5%
241 doctors
Dr. Birken saw digestive tract conditions patients in 2014–2017, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in the Miami area. Learn more.

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116 doctors
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115 doctors
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57 doctors
Dr. Birken saw more hernia patients than 75% of similar doctors in the Miami area in 2014–2017. Learn more.

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158 doctors
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159 doctors
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79 doctors
Dr. Birken saw more birth defects patients than 75% of similar doctors in the Miami area in 2014–2017. Learn more.

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160 doctors
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160 doctors
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80 doctors
Dr. Birken saw more congenital disorders patients than 75% of similar doctors in the Miami area in 2014–2017. Learn more.

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32 doctors
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32 doctors
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15 doctors
Dr. Birken saw more phimosis patients than 85% of similar doctors in the Miami area in 2014–2017. Learn more.

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10 doctors
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10 doctors
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4 doctors
Dr. Birken saw hydrocele patients in 2014–2017, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in the Miami area. Learn more.
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36 doctors
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36 doctors
Top 5%
17 doctors
Dr. Birken saw more appendicitis patients than 75% of similar doctors in the Miami area in 2014–2017. Learn more.

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22 doctors
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22 doctors
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11 doctors
Dr. Birken saw more umbilical hernia patients than 75% of similar doctors in the Miami area in 2014–2017. Learn more.

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8 doctors
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8 doctors
Top 5%
3 doctors
Dr. Birken saw pilonidal cyst patients in 2014–2017, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in the Miami area. Learn more.
Top 25%
38 doctors
Top 15%
38 doctors
Top 5%
19 doctors
Dr. Birken saw inguinal hernia patients in 2014–2017, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in the Miami area. Learn more.

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270 doctors
Top 15%
270 doctors
Top 5%
135 doctors
Dr. Birken saw cellulitis patients in 2014–2017, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in the Miami area. Learn more.

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648 doctors
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648 doctors
Top 5%
324 doctors
Dr. Birken saw pain patients in 2014–2017, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in the Miami area. Learn more.

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Cost estimates

These ranges are network rate estimates across all the insurance plans that Dr. Birken accepts.
Gallbladder removal (laparoscopic) $7,460 – 14.3k
Hernia surgery (inguinal) $5,469 – 15.7k
Skin tag removal $128 – 275

Amino’s cost estimates are estimates of the total amount that you and your health insurance company might pay for a procedure—this is what we call the “network rate”. Our cost estimates can help you prepare for the financial impact of medical care and help you make more confident decisions about where to get treated.

Laparoscopic hernia surgery rate

Dr. Birken’s laparoscopic hernia surgery rate is similar to the rate we predicted for his mix of cases and patients.
4%
laparoscopic hernia surgery rate

As a patient, you may prefer a doctor who has a higher rate of laparoscopic hernia surgery to reduce scarring and pain compared to traditional open surgery.

Decision factor

Compared to predicted rates calculated for each doctor’s unique mix of cases and patients

  • Lower than our predicted rate
  • Higher than our predicted rate
  • Similar to our predicted rate

Laparoscopic surgery involves smaller incisions, less scarring, and sometimes less pain than traditional open surgery.

To help you understand how Dr. Birken’s rate of laparoscopic hernia surgery compares to a typical doctor who performs hernia surgeries:

  1. We first measure how many of Dr. Birken’s hernia surgeries were performed laparoscopically.
  2. We then analyze the typical practices of all other doctors in the United States who perform hernia surgeries, using a data-driven model to predict the rate of laparoscopic hernia surgeries for patients like Dr. Birken’s.

By comparing these two numbers, you can see whether Dr. Birken’s rate of laparoscopic hernia surgery is lower than, similar to, or higher than predicted.

This prediction adjusts based on the types of patients the doctor sees, so a doctor who treats sicker patients may have a different predicted rate than a doctor who treats healthier patients.

Outpatient hernia surgery rate

Dr. Birken’s outpatient hernia surgery rate is similar to the rate we predicted for his mix of cases and patients.
83%
outpatient hernia surgery rate

As a patient, you may prefer a doctor who has a higher rate of outpatient hernia surgery to improve your odds of having an uncomplicated recovery after surgery.

Decision factor

Compared to predicted rates calculated for each doctor’s unique mix of cases and patients

  • Lower than our predicted rate
  • Higher than our predicted rate
  • Similar to our predicted rate

Hospitalizations are costly and associated with a higher risk of infections, so avoiding unnecessary hospital stays can save money and improve your odds of having an uncomplicated recovery after surgery. Hernia surgeries are commonly performed in an outpatient setting, avoiding hospitalizations altogether.

To help you understand how Dr. Birken’s rate of outpatient hernia surgery compares to a typical doctor who performs hernia surgeries:

  1. We first measure how many of Dr. Birken’s hernia surgeries were performed in an outpatient setting.
  2. We then analyze the typical practices of all other doctors in the United States who perform hernia surgeries, using a data-driven model to predict the rate of outpatient hernia surgery for patients like Dr. Birken’s.

By comparing these two numbers, you can see whether Dr. Birken’s rate of outpatient hernia surgery is lower than, similar to, or higher than predicted.

This prediction adjusts based on the types of patients the doctor sees, so a doctor who treats sicker patients may have a different predicted rate than a doctor who treats healthier patients.

Locations

Dr. Birken sees patients and can be reached at the following locations.

Office
1150 N 35th Ave
Hollywood, FL 33021
917 miles away
  • Spanish
Office
1951 SW 172nd Ave
Hollywood, FL 33029
921 miles away
  • Spanish

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Credentials
  • Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
    MEDICAL EDUCATION, 1978
  • Children's Hospital Program
    RESIDENCY

Insurance accepted

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  • Anthem
  • Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Dakota
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wyoming
  • Blue Cross of Idaho
  • Blue Shield of California
  • BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Independence Blue Cross AmeriHealth
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • United Healthcare
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield