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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 practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). 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 attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at National Naval Medical Center. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Keefe takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He 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 sees patients in San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Mathiasen include skull base surgery, salivary gland surgery, and acoustic neuroma. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Mathiasen attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center for residency. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. 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 is a specialist in plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Amsberry include cancer surgery, salivary gland surgery, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Amsberry attended medical school at Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Amsberry trained at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University and a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Surgery, Sleep Disorders, Sinuplasty, Breast Reduction, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Holtel is an otolaryngologist. His clinical interests include skull base surgery, salivary gland surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Holtel is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He welcomes new patients. Before completing his residency at Naval Hospital Oakland, Dr. Holtel attended medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of 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 works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Patient ratings for Dr. Wadhwa average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network 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. Alison Learn's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. Dr. Learn attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine.

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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 attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan.

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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.