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St. Petersburg General Hospital

Ernest C. Rehnke, MD

Robotic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, General Surgery

Ernest C. Rehnke MD

1615 Pasadena Ave S, Suite 460
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

About Ernest C. Rehnke

Dr. Ernest Rehnke, originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, attended medical school at St. George University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. He then completed his five-year training in General Surgery at Methodist Hospital in New York, which included a Pediatric Surgery rotation at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. and a Transplantation rotation at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Following this training, Dr. Rehnke completed a one-year fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas. Dr. Rehnke established his surgical practice in General/Peripheral Vascular Surgery in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1987. He has been a member of the Active Medical Staff at Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL, since January 1988. Dr. Rehnke began performing the Gastric Bypass procedure for weight reduction in 1998 and added the LAP-BAND® procedure to his comprehensive program in 2004. Dr. Rehnke is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgeons.


Medical School
St. George's University

Methodist Hospital of Brooklyn

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital

Certifications & Memberships

American Board of General Surgery



Languages Spoken


Procedures & Conditions

Appendectomy (Open and laparoscopic)
- Bowel resection (large, small bowel)
- Chest tube insertion
- Cholecystectomy (Open and laparoscopic)
- Drainage of intraperitoneal abscess
- Enterostomy
- Exploratory (...) laparotomy
- Gastrotomy and gastrostomy
- Hemorrhoidectomy, fissurectomy, fistulectomy, and sphincerectomy
- Ileostomy (temporary, permanent)
- Internal hernia including diaphragmatic
- Laparoscopy
- Lymph node biopsy or excision
- Major and minor amputations
- Nerve and artery biopsy
- Ostomy formation and management (including colostomy)
- Radical groin and auxiliary dissection with or without removal of limb
- Radical, modified radical, total, and segmental mastectomies
- Repair of wound disruptions
- Skin grafting
- Splenectomy and splenorraphy
- Tracheostomy
- Tube thoracostomy
- Comprehensive management of trauma, including musculoskeletal, hand and head injuries, and the complete care of critically ill patients with underlying surgical conditions in the emergency department and intensive care unit.
- Colonoscopy
- Paracentesis, peritoneal lavage, endoscopy with or without biopsy
- PEG insertion
- Pericardiocentesis
- Thoracentesis
Assessment with operative or non-operative treatment of:
- Abdominal wall hernias
- Breast conditions to include aspiration, biopsy, and evaluation
- Conditions involving the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal gland
- Condition of the ovary and testes
- Cysts and abscesses to include aspiration and incision and drainage
- Decubitus ulcers and pressure sores
- Diaphramatic hernia
- Occult Blood Testing
- Peptic and duodenal ulcer disease
- Trauma
- Tumor, congenital, and inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
- Tumors, congenital, and inflammatory diseases of the liver and biliary tract
- Varicose veins
- Wounds and conditions of soft tissue including aspiration, biopsy, and repair
Robotic Surgery (daVinci)
Bariatric Surgery


Robotic Surgery
Vascular Surgery
General Surgery

Office Locations

Ernest C. Rehnke MD
1615 Pasadena Ave S
Suite 460
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
Phone: (727) 344-0640
Fax: (727) 344-0669

Accepted Insurance

Most insurances are accepted. Does not accept Medicaid.