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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 is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in San Diego, CA. Dr. Keefe's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include skull base surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and salivary gland surgery. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Keefe is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is open to new patients. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at National Naval Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors.

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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 works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Mathiasen include skull base surgery, salivary gland surgery, and acoustic neuroma. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, Dr. Mathiasen attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Mathiasen has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He welcomes new patients.

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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 sees patients in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA. His medical specialties are plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Amsberry include cancer surgery, salivary gland surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Amsberry is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University and a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Amsberry attended medical school at Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Amsberry welcomes 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's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Holtel's areas of expertise include skull base surgery, salivary gland surgery, and sleep apnea. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and residency at Naval Hospital Oakland. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Holtel's practice is open to new patients.

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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 a Poway, CA physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Wadhwa is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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

Dr. Alison Learn, who practices in Poway, CA, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Learn is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Poway, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fitzgerald attended medical school at 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.