We found 6 head and neck surgeons who accept Anthem Blue Cross of California near Poway, CA.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Mathiasen's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Mathiasen is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors.

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

Dr. James Amsberry specializes in plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in La Mesa, CA and San Diego, CA. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Michael Holtel is an otolaryngologist in San Diego, CA. Dr. Holtel is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He graduated from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Ashish Wadhwa is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). The average patient rating for Dr. Wadhwa is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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

Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Fitzgerald's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Alison Learn is an ear, nose and throat specialist. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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