We found 10 head and neck surgeons who accept Health Net PPO near Downey, CA.

Dr. Henry Bert Cramer II, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
11480 Brookshire Avenue; #301
Downey, CA
 

Dr. Henry Cramer is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Cramer is rated highly by his patients. His professional affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Geisinger, and PIH Health. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Amit Kochhar, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
12462 Putnam Street; #500
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Amit Kochhar's areas of specialization are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat); he sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Whittier, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: chin implants, blepharoplasty, and injectable fillers. Dr. Kochhar takes Health Net, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Kochhar has received include G. Slaughter Fitz-Hugh, MD Resident Research Award, Triological Society Southern Section; Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, 2006-2007; and Phi Beta Kappa. He is affiliated with PIH Health and Keck Hospital of USC.

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Clinical interests: Facial Problems, Eyelid Surgery, Plastic Surgery Procedures, Neck Problems, Nerve Problems, Lip ... (Read more)

Specializes in Otolaryngology
11480 Brookshire Avenue; Suite 303
Downey, CA
 

Dr. Elias Ayoub works as an otolaryngologist in Downey, CA and Lynwood, CA. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ayoub takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Ayoub (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. Dr. Ayoub is affiliated with PIH Health.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
12462 Putnam Street; #500
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. David Chen is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. Dr. Chen is professionally affiliated with PIH Health. After attending the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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Dr. Victor Passy, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
7601 Imperial Highway
Downey, CA
 

Dr. Victor Passy's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Passy is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Tonsil Problems

Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
11480 Brookshire Avenue; Suite 203a
Downey, CA
 

Dr. Shin Chiu specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Downey, CA. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chiu is professionally affiliated with PIH Health. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Chiu trained at VA Long Beach Healthcare System for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
12462 Putnam Street; #500
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Carl Ehrlich is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Whittier, CA. He is professionally affiliated with PIH Health. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Ehrlich average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ehrlich honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Otolaryngology
12291 Washington Boulevard; Suite #500
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Millie Surati is a family practitioner and ear, nose and throat specialist in Whittier, CA. She studied medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Surati completed residency programs at Duke University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Surati accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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

Dr. Eugene Taw, who practices in Montebello, CA, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Taw attended medical school at the University of Medicine 1, Yangon. He takes Health Net and Health Net HMO insurance. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Dr. Sasha Maher, DO
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
11480 Brookshire Avenue
Downey, CA
 

Dr. Sasha Maher works as a facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose and throat specialist in Downey, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maher accepts. Her education and training includes medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with PIH Health.

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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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