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 is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She works in Duarte, CA and South Pasadena, CA. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Maghami include head and neck cancer. Dr. Maghami is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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). She has received the following distinctions: "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) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. She is professionally affiliated with 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. Ali Marni Strocker, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
4650 Sunset Boulevard; Division of Otolaryngology
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ali Strocker's medical specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). These areas are among her clinical interests: sleep disorders, migraine, and acid reflux (GERD). She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. 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). In addition to English, she speaks 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 is a specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Durairaj's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thyroid problems, and dermabrasion. Her professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Durairaj accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Durairaj 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 is a plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Glendale, CA and Pasadena, CA. Dr. Koutnouyan obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Clinical interests for Dr. Koutnouyan include thyroid problems, restylane, and laser surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Koutnouyan include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Koutnouyan (or staff) is conversant in Filipino, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Koutnouyan's professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Eric Wilkinson's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. Dr. Wilkinson studied medicine at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Dr. Wilkinson's distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Wilkinson (or staff) speaks 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. Niels Christopher Tyson Kokot, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Niels Kokot is a Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, skull base surgery, and head and neck cancer. Dr. Kokot honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine. He trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. Dr. Kokot 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) speaks the following 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)

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

Dr. Rick Friedman is an otology and neurotology specialist. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Friedman trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. 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. Dr. Friedman accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Friedman include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Castle Connolly "Top Doctor. He is professionally 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's areas of specialization are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). In his practice, he is particularly interested 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 accepts. Dr. Kang is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Kang's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He 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 an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Glendale, CA and Pasadena, CA. Dr. Yun's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Yun (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Armenian. Dr. Yun is affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Adventist Health System.

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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. The average patient rating for Dr. Sinha is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sinha include thyroid problems, skull base surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Sinha is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Sinha studied medicine at 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 languages: 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. Donald Jonathan Clutter, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1111 Expostion Boulevard; Building 700
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Donald Clutter's areas of specialization are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clutter include facial problems, rosacea, and dermabrasion. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Clutter attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Independent Physicians (SIP). He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Eyelid Retraction Repair, Lip Implants, Chin Implants, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Chin ... (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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wrobel include immunotherapy, endoscopic sinus surgery, and enlarged turbinates. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Medical University of Warsaw and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Wrobel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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 Howard Rice, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1450 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Dale Rice is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rice include sinus problems and head and neck cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. His distinctions 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

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

Dr. Christina McAlpin practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Los Angeles, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. McAlpin average 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), salivary gland problems, and sleep apnea. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health System and Cedars-Sinai. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. McAlpin graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Surgery, Septoplasty, Allergies, Sinus Problems, Voice Disorders, Nasal Polyps, Sinus ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Lori Howell is a plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. She is in-network for Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. 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. Dr. Howell is conversant in Spanish. She is 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. Dennis R Maceri, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 4600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Dennis Maceri works as a pediatric otolaryngologist and head and neck plastic surgeon. In his practice, he is particularly interested in ear surgery, cochlear implant, and thyroid surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Maceri is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Maceri trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for his residency. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Keck School of Medicine Teaching Awards, 2003 and 2007. Dr. Maceri's professional affiliations include 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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