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We found 7 head and neck surgeons who accept Medicare near Soquel, CA.

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Dr. Paul E Krause, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Paul Krause practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Santa Cruz, CA and Soquel, CA. Dr. Krause is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. His clinical interests include chronic sinusitis, endoscopic sinus surgery, and thyroid surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Krause accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Krause is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Neck Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Chronic Sinusitis, Head Surgery

Dr. Ryan L Kau, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2950 Research Park
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Ryan Kau is an otolaryngologist. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kau attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Kau's medical residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Turbinate Reduction Surgery, Food Allergy, Sinus Surgery, Fractures, Facial Problems, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas V Barker, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology and Neurotology, Other, Otolaryngic Allergy, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1595 Soquel Drive
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Barker works as a pediatric otolaryngologist, otologist and neurotologist, and otolaryngic allergist in Santa Cruz, CA. Patients rated Dr. Barker highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. In addition to English, Dr. Barker (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian. Dr. Barker is professionally affiliated with Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Turbinate Reduction Surgery, Deviated Septum, Food Allergy, Facial Problems, Endoscopic Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Douglas G Hetzler, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Douglas Hetzler practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Santa Cruz, CA and Soquel, CA. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Hetzler is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is open to new patients. After attending the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Kaiser Permanente.

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Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology and Neurotology, Other, Otolaryngic Allergy, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1595 Soquel Drive; 230
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Spilman's medical specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat), otology and neurotology, and otolaryngic allergy. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Spilman is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Spilman is affiliated with Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Turbinate Reduction Surgery, Deviated Septum, Otoplasty, Food Allergy, Fractures, Facial Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Theresa Gurney specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Soquel, CA and San Mateo, CA. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Gurney attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology and Neurotology, Other, Otolaryngic Allergy
1595 Soquel Drive; Suite 230
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Marc Seftel's specialties are pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat), otology and neurotology, and otolaryngic allergy. Patient reviews placed Dr. Seftel at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from the University of Lausanne Faculty of Biology and Medicine. Dr. Seftel is conversant in French. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz.

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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.