We found 7 head and neck surgeons who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Medigap Medicare Supplement Plans near San Carlos, CA.

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Dr. Joseph Quoc Ta, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
301 Industrial Road; Level 4
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Ta works as an otolaryngologist. Dr. Ta takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Ta (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Facial Problems, Snoring, Nose Problems, Salivary Gland Problems, Facial Surgery, Neck Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joshua S Sckolnick, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
222 West 39th Avenue; Second Floor
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Joshua Sckolnick specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. Dr. Sckolnick obtained his medical school training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Sckolnick has an open panel.

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Dr. David Ernest Ellison, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
222 West 39th Avenue; Second Floor
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. David Ellison's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Ellison is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Ellison has an open panel.

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Dr. Devin Murphy Lonergan, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
301 Industrial Road; Level 4
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Devin Lonergan works as an otolaryngologist in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Lonergan graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Lonergan completed a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Facial Problems, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Laryngology, Neck Surgery, Sinusitis, Head and Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Melinda S Moir, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
301 Industrial Road; Level 4
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Melinda Moir is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. Patients rated Dr. Moir highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Moir attended Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Moir speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Brad A Hinrichs, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
301 Industrial Road; Level 4
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Brad Hinrichs is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. Dr. Hinrichs's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Hinrichs is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Brendan Pierce, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
301 Industrial Road; Level 4
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Brendan Pierce sees patients in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). After attending the University of Minnesota Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Pierce is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Pierce's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Turbinate Reduction Surgery, Otoplasty, Food Allergy, Fractures, Facial Problems, Endoscopic Sinus ... (Read 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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