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We found 7 head and neck surgeons who accept Anthem Blue Cross of California near Poway, CA.

Dr. Michael Arthur Keefe, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Michael Keefe's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include skull base surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and salivary gland surgery. Dr. Keefe honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at National Naval Medical Center. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Keefe is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Keefe is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Surgery, Sinuplasty, Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald A Mathiasen, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Mathiasen is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Dr. Mathiasen'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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mathiasen include skull base surgery, salivary gland surgery, and acoustic neuroma. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Mathiasen is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Surgery, Sleep Disorders, Sinuplasty, Sinus Problems, Reconstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. James Kieran Amsberry, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. James Amsberry is a plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Dr. Amsberry's areas of expertise include cancer surgery, salivary gland surgery, and sleep apnea. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. Dr. Amsberry completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University and a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Breast Lift, Sinus Problems, Skin Cancer, Scar Revision, Facial Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Ray Holtel, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Michael Holtel is an ear, nose and throat specialist in San Diego, CA. These areas are among Dr. Holtel's clinical interests: skull base surgery, salivary gland surgery, and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Naval Hospital Oakland. Dr. Holtel has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Surgery, Sleep Disorders, Sinuplasty, Sinus Problems, Reconstructive ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
12630 Monte Vista Road; Suite 206
Poway, CA
 

Dr. Ashish Wadhwa is an otolaryngologist in Poway, CA. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wadhwa takes. Dr. Wadhwa studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
15525 Pomerado Road; Suite E1
Poway, CA
 

Dr. Alison Learn sees patients in Poway, CA. Her medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
15525 Pomerado Road; Suite E1
Poway, CA
 

Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald works as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Poway, CA. He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. Dr. Fitzgerald is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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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.