We found 35 head and neck surgeons who accept Health Net EPO near Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Ellie G Maghami, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Ellie Maghami sees patients in Duarte, CA and South Pasadena, CA. Her medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Maghami include head and neck cancer. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Maghami accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Maghami's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Awards and/or distinctions she has received include "America's Top Doctor for Cancer" from Castle Connolly; Faculty of the American College of Surgeons; and ASCO Young Investigator Award. Dr. Maghami (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital and City of Hope.

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Clinical interests: Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Sarcoma, Parathyroid Disease, Mouth Problems, Salivary Gland ... (Read more)

Dr. Hrair A Koutnouyan, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
50 Alessandro Place; Suite 230
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Hrair Koutnouyan specializes in plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Koutnouyan include thyroid problems, restylane, and laser surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Koutnouyan's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. In addition to English, Dr. Koutnouyan (or staff) speaks Filipino, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Koutnouyan is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Chin Surgery, Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Skin Cancer, Sleep Apnea, Restylane, Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ali Marni Strocker, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
4650 Sunset Boulevard; Division of Otolaryngology
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ali Strocker practices pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) in Tarzana, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Her areas of expertise consist of sleep disorders, migraine, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Strocker is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Dr. Strocker has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Migraine, Headache, Sleep Disorders, Allergies, Sinus Problems, Acid Reflux

Dr. Kalpna Kay Durairaj, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
800 South Fairmont Avenue; Suite 325
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. K. Durairaj's medical specialty is facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). These areas are among her clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thyroid problems, and dermabrasion. Patients gave Dr. Durairaj an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Durairaj takes. Dr. Durairaj's education and training includes medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Sleep Disorders, Lip Implants, Chin Implants, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Chin Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric Peter Wilkinson, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2100 W 3rd Street; #111
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Eric Wilkinson's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Wilkinson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. He attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Wilkinson (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Clinical interests: Cochlear Implant Surgery, Neurofibromatosis Type 2

Dr. David Kiehyun Yun, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
50 Alessandro Place; Suite 230
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. David Yun is an ear, nose and throat specialist in Glendale, CA and Pasadena, CA. Dr. Yun (or staff) speaks Spanish and Armenian. Dr. Yun's professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital and Adventist Health System. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yun accepts. Dr. Yun has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars.

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Dr. Niels Christopher Tyson Kokot, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Niels Kokot is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise consist of thyroid problems, skull base surgery, and head and neck cancer. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Kokot attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kokot include: Dr. Kokot was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in .; UC Regents Scholar; and Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society. Dr. Kokot (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. Dr. Kokot is professionally affiliated with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Keck Hospital of USC.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Stenosis, Skull Base Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Parathyroid Disease, Trachea ... (Read more)

Specializes in Otolaryngology
1127 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite #809
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Christina McAlpin is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Before performing her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. McAlpin attended the University of Toledo College of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), salivary gland problems, and sleep apnea. Dr. McAlpin's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She speaks Spanish. Dr. McAlpin is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health System and Cedars-Sinai.

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Clinical interests: Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Sinus Surgery, Sleep Apnea, Salivary Gland Problems, Sinusitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rick A Friedman, PhD, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
1520 San Pablo Street; 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Rick Friedman specializes in otology and neurotology and practices in Los Angeles, CA. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Friedman completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His clinical interests include otosclerosis, skull base surgery, and acoustic neuroma. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Friedman accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Castle Connolly "Top Doctor. He is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC.

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Clinical interests: Otosclerosis, Tumor, Meningioma, Facial Problems, Skull Base Surgery, Acoustic Neuroma, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert S Kang, MPH, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Robert Kang specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in South Pasadena, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and Duarte, CA. Dr. Kang has a special interest in endoscopic sinus surgery, head and neck cancer, and microvascular surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kang takes. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Kang is professionally affiliated with City of Hope.

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Clinical interests: Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer, Facial Problems, Plastic Surgery Procedures, Endoscopic Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. George B Stoneman, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1245 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. George Stoneman is a Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise include sleep disorders, hearing loss, and chronic sinusitis. Dr. Stoneman takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, Dr. Stoneman attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He has received distinctions including Distinguished Service Award, USC Medical Alumni Association; Guest of Honor at 50th Anniversary Annual Keck School of Medicine of USC Scholarship Benefit; and President's Award, the highest award given by the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors. Dr. Stoneman is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Allergies, Throat Problems, Balance Disorders, Sinus Problems, Voice Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald Jonathan Clutter, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1111 Expostion Boulevard; Building 700
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Donald Clutter works as a facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose and throat specialist in Sacramento, CA and Folsom, CA. These areas are among Dr. Clutter's clinical interests: facial problems, rosacea, and dermabrasion. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Independent Physicians (SIP). He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Clutter accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Eyelid Retraction Repair, Lip Implants, Chin Implants, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Chin ... (Read more)

Dr. Uttam K Sinha, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 4600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Uttam Sinha practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery in Los Angeles, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Sinha is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sinha's areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, skull base surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Sinha is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sinha graduated from Medical College and Hospital Kolkata. Dr. Sinha has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Sinha (or staff) is conversant in Bengali and Hindi. Dr. Sinha is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Clinical Trials, Stenosis, Voice Disorders, Reconstructive Surgery, Fractures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bozena B Wrobel, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Bozena Wrobel practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery in Los Angeles, CA. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Wrobel attended medical school at Medical University of Warsaw. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wrobel include immunotherapy, endoscopic sinus surgery, and enlarged turbinates. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Wrobel's distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Wrobel (or staff) is conversant in Polish and Russian. She is affiliated with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and Keck Hospital of USC.

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Clinical interests: Enlarged Turbinates, Deviated Septum, Endoscopic Dacryocystorhinostomy, Immunotherapy, Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Dale H Rice, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1450 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Dale Rice's specialties are otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. His clinical interests encompass sinus problems and head and neck cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Rice is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Rice trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for his residency. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Sinus Problems, Head and Neck Cancer

Dr. Jahangir Sharifi, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1701 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue; Suite 560
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jahangir Sharifi sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialties are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Sharifi has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is professionally affiliated with Pacific Alliance Medical Center (PAMC) and Adventist Health System. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Sharifi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian.

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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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