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We found 5 head and neck surgeons who accept Health Net HMO near Downey, CA.

Dr. Elias I Ayoub, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
11480 Brookshire Avenue; Suite 303
Downey, CA

Dr. Elias Ayoub's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Ayoub graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ayoub honors. In addition to English, Dr. Ayoub (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. He is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center, PIH Health, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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Dr. David Kuan-Hung Chen, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
12462 Putnam Street; #500
Whittier, CA

Dr. David Chen is an otolaryngologist in Whittier, CA and Montebello, CA. He is affiliated with PIH Health. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, Dr. Chen performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese.

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Dr. Steven A Burres, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
5750 Downey Avenue; Suite 100
Lakewood, CA

Dr. Steven Burres is an otolaryngologist. Dr. Burres is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Lakewood Regional Medical Center. He studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and more.

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Dr. Shin Chung Chiu, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
11480 Brookshire Avenue; Suite 203a
Downey, CA

Dr. Shin Chiu's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at VA Long Beach Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Chiu is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chiu (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Cantonese. Dr. Chiu is affiliated with PIH Health.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
101 E Beverly Bl; #203
Montebello, CA

Dr. Eugene Taw is an otolaryngologist. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. Dr. Taw honors Health Net and Health Net HMO insurance.

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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.