We found 34 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 is an ear, nose and throat specialist. Dr. Maghami (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. Dr. Maghami's areas of expertise include head and neck cancer. Her professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital and City of Hope. She attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Maghami is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Maghami has received professional recognition including the following: STOP CANCER Member Seed Grant; "America's Top Doctors for Cancer" from Castle Connolly; and Pasadena Magazine Top Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Head and Neck Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer Surgery, Melanoma

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

Dr. Ali Strocker is a specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). She works in Tarzana, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Her clinical interests encompass sleep disorders, acid reflux (GERD), and allergies. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Strocker attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Strocker speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: 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 specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Her clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thyroid problems, and dermabrasion. Dr. Durairaj's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Durairaj graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for her residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Durairaj is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Hrair Koutnouyan works as a plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist in Glendale, CA and Pasadena, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Koutnouyan include thyroid problems, restylane, and laser surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Koutnouyan attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Koutnouyan has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Koutnouyan (or staff) is conversant in Filipino, Arabic, and Spanish. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Christina McAlpin is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Patient reviews placed Dr. McAlpin at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. McAlpin include sinusitis (sinus infection), salivary gland problems, and sleep apnea. She is affiliated with Adventist Health System and Cedars-Sinai. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Toledo College of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. Dr. McAlpin is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Surgery, Septoplasty, Allergies, Sinus Problems, Voice Disorders, Nasal Polyps, Sinus ... (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 is a medical specialist in otology and neurotology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Friedman include otosclerosis, skull base surgery, and acoustic neuroma. The average patient rating for Dr. Friedman is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Friedman attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions he 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. 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 otolaryngologist. His areas of expertise consist of endoscopic sinus surgery, head and neck cancer, and microvascular surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kang's education and training includes medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Kang is 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. David Kiehyun Yun, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
50 Alessandro Place; Suite 230
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. David Yun is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Yun (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Armenian. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Adventist Health System. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Yun honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars.

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

Dr. Uttam Sinha works as an otolaryngologist and head and neck plastic surgeon. Dr. Sinha's areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, skull base surgery, and sleep apnea. Patients gave Dr. Sinha an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sinha is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Sinha attended medical school at Medical College and Hospital Kolkata. Dr. Sinha has received professional recognition including the following: 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 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. Niels Christopher Tyson Kokot, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Niels Kokot is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Kokot (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. He is especially interested in thyroid problems, skull base surgery, and head and neck cancer. Dr. Kokot's hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Keck Hospital of USC. He attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kokot completed a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Kokot honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Dr. Kokot was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in .; UC Regents Scholar; and Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Stenosis, Skull Base Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Parathyroid Disease, Trachea ... (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 otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery specialist. Her areas of expertise include immunotherapy, endoscopic sinus surgery, and enlarged turbinates. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After completing medical school at Medical University of Warsaw, Dr. Wrobel performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Wrobel (or staff) is conversant in 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. Dale Howard Rice, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1450 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Dale Rice is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery specialist in Los Angeles, CA. He is especially interested in sinus problems and head and neck cancer. Dr. Rice accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Rice include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Rice is affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC.

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Clinical interests: Sinus Problems, Head and Neck Cancer

Dr. Lori Kathryn Howell, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
3160 Geneva Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Lori Howell is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Howell attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school. She accepts Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Howell has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society, Outstanding Teaching Award Alpha Omega and Alpha, Medical Honor Society, Humanitarian in Medicine Award. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Howell is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Clinical interests: Cleft Lip and Palate, Microsurgery, Lower Extremity Reconstruction, Congenital Nevi, Facial ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Eric Wilkinson is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Dr. Wilkinson is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Wilkinson (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Wilkinson is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Clinical interests: Cochlear Implant Surgery, Neurofibromatosis Type 2

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

Dr. Donald Clutter is a medical specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clutter include facial problems, rosacea, and dermabrasion. Dr. Clutter's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Independent Physicians (SIP). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Clutter graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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

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. Dr. Maceri's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include ear surgery, cochlear implant, and thyroid surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maceri takes. Dr. Maceri studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Maceri trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Keck School of Medicine Teaching Awards, 2003 and 2007. He is 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.

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