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. 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). The average patient rating for Dr. Ellison is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Ellison has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Joseph Ta is an otolaryngologist in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. He accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ta is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Loma Linda University Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Ta (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Ta welcomes 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's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). He 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). Dr. Sckolnick's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Devin Lonergan, who practices in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Lonergan is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. His practice is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center.

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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's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). After attending Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Moir completed her residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Moir is 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Moir speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to 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 physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Hinrichs is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hinrichs takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. 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's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Pierce accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His 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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