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

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

Dr. Michael Keefe specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in San Diego, CA. Dr. Keefe's areas of expertise include the following: skull base surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and salivary gland surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Keefe is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at National Naval Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Keefe's office for an appointment.

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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 is a San Diego, CA physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Mathiasen graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. His clinical interests include skull base surgery, salivary gland surgery, and acoustic neuroma. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mathiasen has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Mathiasen 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 works as a plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Amsberry include cancer surgery, salivary gland surgery, and sleep apnea. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Amsberry takes. After attending Oral Roberts University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University and a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He is accepting 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 is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His clinical interests include skull base surgery, salivary gland surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Holtel is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Naval Hospital Oakland. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Holtel is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. His 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 specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Poway, CA. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. Dr. Wadhwa studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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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, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Learn graduated from 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's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Fitzgerald studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors 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.