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

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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). Dr. Keefe's clinical interests include skull base surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and salivary gland surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Keefe has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. His practice 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's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His 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. These areas are among his clinical interests: skull base surgery, salivary gland surgery, and acoustic neuroma. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mathiasen accepts. Dr. Mathiasen has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is 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 practices plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA. He graduated from Oral Roberts University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University and a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, salivary gland surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Amsberry is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Amsberry is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He 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 area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise include skull base surgery, salivary gland surgery, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Holtel is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has an open panel. Dr. Holtel attended medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Holtel trained at Naval Hospital Oakland. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Ashish Wadhwa's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Wadhwa is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. The average patient rating for Dr. Wadhwa is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Alison Learn is an ear, nose and throat specialist in Poway, CA. She studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She accepts 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 sees patients in Poway, CA. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Fitzgerald has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more.

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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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