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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 is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Santa Cruz, CA and Soquel, CA. He attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Krause has a special interest in chronic sinusitis, endoscopic sinus surgery, and thyroid surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Krause is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. For his residency, Dr. Kau trained at Mayo Clinic. Patient ratings for Dr. Kau average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Kau's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Douglas Hetzler is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He studied medicine at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Hetzler trained at Kaiser Permanente for residency. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hetzler's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Theresa Gurney specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gurney obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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Dr. Thomas V Barker, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology and Neurotology, Other, Otolaryngic Allergy, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1595 Soquel Drive; Suite 230
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Barker's medical specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat), otology and neurotology, and otolaryngic allergy. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Barker graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz.

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

Dr. Daniel Spilman is a pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist, otologist and neurotologist, and otolaryngic allergist. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Spilman accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Spilman is professionally affiliated with Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz.

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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 is a pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat), otology and neurotology, and otolaryngic allergy specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. He is a graduate of the University of Lausanne Faculty of Biology and Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Seftel at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Seftel honors. He 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.