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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's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She has a special interest in head and neck cancer. Dr. Maghami's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maghami takes. After attending Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Maghami has received distinctions including "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 the following foreign languages: 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, Salivary Gland Problems, Larynx ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ali Strocker's specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Her clinical interests include sleep disorders, migraine, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Strocker honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. 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. Dr. Strocker's professional affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Hrair Koutnouyan practices plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise consist of anti-aging, thyroid problems, and skin cancer. Dr. Koutnouyan accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Kaiser Permanente and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Koutnouyan (or staff) speaks Filipino, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Koutnouyan is 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: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Surgery, Allergies, Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Skin Cancer, Acid ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Niels Kokot practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kokot include thyroid problems, skull base surgery, and head and neck cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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) is conversant in 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)

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

Dr. Rick Friedman works as an otologist and neurotologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Friedman include otosclerosis, skull base surgery, and acoustic neuroma. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Friedman has received include 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. Eric Peter Wilkinson, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2100 W 3rd Street; #111
Los Angeles, CA
 

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

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Clinical interests: Cochlear Implant Surgery, Neurofibromatosis Type 2

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

Dr. Robert Kang is a facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose and throat specialist in South Pasadena, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and Duarte, CA. Dr. Kang's areas of clinical interest consist of endoscopic sinus surgery, head and neck cancer, and microvascular surgery. He is affiliated with City of Hope. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. Dr. Kang takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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

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

Dr. David Yun specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Glendale, CA and Pasadena, CA. Dr. Yun's hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital and Adventist Health System. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center for residency. He has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Yun (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Armenian.

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

Dr. Christina McAlpin is an ear, nose and throat specialist in Los Angeles, CA. After attending the University of Toledo College of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. These areas are among her clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), salivary gland problems, and sleep apnea. Dr. McAlpin's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. Dr. McAlpin's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. George B Stoneman, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1245 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. George Stoneman's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). These areas are among Dr. Stoneman's clinical interests: sleep disorders, hearing loss, and chronic sinusitis. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. 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. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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 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. Uttam K Sinha, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 4600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Uttam Sinha is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. Dr. Sinha's patients gave Dr. Sinha an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Sinha's clinical interests: thyroid problems, skull base surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Sinha is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. Dr. Sinha is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sinha graduated from Medical College and Hospital Kolkata. Dr. Sinha has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Sinha (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Bengali and Hindi.

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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 is an ear, nose and throat specialist and head and neck plastic surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wrobel include immunotherapy, endoscopic sinus surgery, and enlarged turbinates. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Wrobel attended Medical University of Warsaw for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wrobel include: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Wrobel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Polish and Russian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Kalpna Kay Durairaj, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
800 South Fairmont Avenue; Suite 325
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. K. Durairaj practices plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Durairaj include sleep disorders, anti-aging, and migraine. She is affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Durairaj takes. Her practice is open to new patients. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Durairaj completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Headache, Sleep Disorders, Allergies, Sinus Surgery, Acid Reflux, Migraine, Sleep ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Dale Rice works as an ear, nose and throat specialist and head and neck plastic surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rice include sinus problems and head and neck cancer. Dr. Rice is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC.

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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 works as a facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose and throat specialist in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Sharifi is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. Dr. Sharifi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Dr. Sharifi is professionally affiliated with Pacific Alliance Medical Center (PAMC) and Adventist Health System.

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Dr. Dennis R Maceri, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 4600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Dennis Maceri, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Maceri's areas of expertise consist of ear surgery, cochlear implant, and thyroid surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Keck School of Medicine Teaching Awards, 2003 and 2007. Dr. Maceri is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Keck Hospital of USC.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Surgery, Parathyroid Surgery, Ear Surgery, Cochlear Implant

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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.