We found 4 head and neck surgeons who accept Aetna Open Access Managed Choice near Burlingame, CA.

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Dr. David Ernest Ellison, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1501 Trousdale Drive; Building B, 3rd Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. David Ellison's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). The average patient rating for Dr. Ellison is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Ellison has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Joshua S Sckolnick, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1501 Trousdale Drive; Building B, 3rd Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Joshua Sckolnick's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). He obtained his medical school training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Sckolnick's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Emily E Crozier, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1501 Trousdale Drie; 3rd Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Emily Crozier, who practices in Burlingame, CA, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Crozier's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Crozier speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Elizabeth Anne Zambricki, MBA, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1501 Trousdale Drive; Floor 3
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Zambricki is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She works in Burlingame, CA. Dr. Zambricki's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. She attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zambricki honors. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Laryngology, Neck Surgery, Head Surgery

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What is Head and Neck Surgery?

Head and neck surgery is a subspecialty that provides advanced surgical care for the head, face, neck, and throat. Most head and neck surgeons begin their careers as otolaryngologists (ENTs) or plastic surgeons, but becoming certified as a head and neck surgeon requires additional training.

A surgeon who treats the head and neck has very specific considerations to take into account when operating. The delicate structures of the head and neck control our senses, our speech, our ability to chew and swallow food, and even our ability to breathe. A head and neck surgeon has to be careful to preserve the many functions of the head and neck when performing an operation. Also, when operating on or around the face, extreme care must be taken to leave as few scars as possible, since the face is a critical part of identity and social interaction. It all adds up to a tricky job.

Some of the issues a head and neck surgeon might treat include:

  • Cancer
  • Trauma to the face or neck
  • Thyroid disorders requiring surgery
  • Sinus surgery
  • Tonsillectomies / adenoidectomies
  • Cleft palate repair
  • Disorders of the larynx (voice box)

Cancers, especially of the esophagus, mouth, lips, and skin around the face or throat, are one of the most common issues requiring head or neck surgery. Most often, head and neck cancers are related to tobacco use. Chewing tobacco in particular affects the lips and mouth. Other risk factors for head and neck cancers include alcohol use and sun exposure.

Often after surgery, but particularly after the removal of a tumor, head and neck surgeons will perform reconstructive surgery, including microvascular surgery to connect or replace skin tissue. The goal is to restore not only a patient’s function but also their appearance in this critical area of the body, improving self-esteem.

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