We found 7 head and neck surgeons who accept Anthem near Poway, CA.

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

Dr. Michael Keefe works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. Dr. Keefe's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Keefe takes. Dr. Keefe graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. James Amsberry's medical specialty is plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He attended medical school at Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Ronald Mathiasen is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in San Diego, CA. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Mathiasen 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)

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

Dr. Michael Holtel works as an otolaryngologist in San Diego, CA. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. He attended medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. Dr. Holtel has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy.

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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 specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Wadhwa has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan.

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

Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. Dr. Fitzgerald graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Alison Learn works as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Poway, CA. She studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Learn 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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