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We found 47 head and neck surgeons who accept Anthem near South Pasadena, CA.

Dr. Thomas Jefferson Joseph Gernon, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Gernon's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His clinical interests encompass head and neck cancer and microvascular surgery. Dr. Gernon's hospital/clinic affiliations include City of Hope and Banner - University Medical Center Tucson. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Gernon attended the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Gernon has received the following distinctions: Alpha Omega lapha, University of Washington School of Medicine; Phi Beta Kappa, University of Washinton; and Cardinal Honors Society, Oregon State University.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, HPV, Larynx Problems, Parathyroid Disease, Mouth Problems, Microvascular Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ellie G Maghami, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Ellie Maghami's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Maghami is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She has indicated that her clinical interests include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and sarcoma (bone and soft tissue cancer). She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Maghami trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Maghami has received the following distinctions: "America's Top Doctor for Cancer" from Castle Connolly; Faculty of the American College of Surgeons; and ASCO Young Investigator Award. Dr. Maghami (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. She is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and City of Hope.

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Clinical interests: Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Sarcoma, Skin Cancer, Cancer

Dr. Elina Kari, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
1450 San Pablo Street; Suite 5100
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Elina Kari is a specialist in otology and neurotology. She works in Los Angeles, CA. She attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. Dr. Kari's clinical interests include hearing loss and cochlear implant. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She has received professional recognition including the following: America's Top Physicians, Consumers' Research Council of America; Travel Award, Korean American Otolaryngology Society, AAO-HNS National Meeting; and Travel Award, Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting. In addition to English, Dr. Kari (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Keck Medicine of USC.

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Clinical interests: Hearing Loss, Cochlear Implant

Dr. Avraham Hershel Mendelsohn, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
Mailbox 951624; 62-132 Chs
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Avraham Mendelsohn works as an otolaryngologist in Los Angeles, CA. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Mendelsohn include endoscopic sinus surgery, cancer, and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Mendelsohn is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. His distinctions include: Super Doctors - Rising Stars: Otolaryngology; Fellow, American College of Surgeons, FACS; and Active Member, American Head & Neck Society.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Problems, Microsurgery, Voice Disorders, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hrair A Koutnouyan, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
50 Alessandro Place; Suite 230
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Hrair Koutnouyan works as a plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: anti-aging, thyroid problems, and sleep apnea. Dr. Koutnouyan honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Koutnouyan (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. He is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Surgery, Sleep Problems, Allergies, Sinus Problems, Skin Cancer, Acid ... (Read more)

Dr. Niels Christopher Tyson Kokot, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 4600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Niels Kokot is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. His areas of expertise include thyroid problems, skull base surgery, and head and neck cancer. His professional affiliations include USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Kokot honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: Dr. Kokot was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in .; UC Regents Scholar; and Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society. Dr. Kokot (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Stenosis, Skull Base Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Parathyroid Disease, Trachea ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert S Kang, MPH, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Robert Kang practices facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He obtained his medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Kang is especially interested in endoscopic sinus surgery, head and neck cancer, and microvascular surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is affiliated with City of Hope.

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Clinical interests: Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer, Facial Problems, Plastic Surgery Procedures, Endoscopic Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Rick A Friedman, PhD, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
1520 San Pablo Street; 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Rick Friedman sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is otology and neurotology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Friedman include otosclerosis, skull base surgery, and acoustic neuroma. He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Friedman has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Castle Connolly "Top Doctor. He is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC.

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Clinical interests: Otosclerosis, Tumor, Meningioma, Facial Problems, Skull Base Surgery, Acoustic Neuroma, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Alisha Nicole West, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Alisha West sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Her areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), cochlear implant, and voice disorders. Dr. West is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at UNC Hospitals. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. West accepts. Dr. West has received distinctions including Southern California Rising Stars; scholarship Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy; and Summa Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society.

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Clinical interests: Voice Disorders, Ear Problems, Laser Treatment, Coblation, Sinusitis, Cochlear Implant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jon Paul Pepper, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 4600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jon-Paul Pepper, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Pepper include facial reconstruction, nose reconstruction, and facial paralysis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pepper attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Pepper completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He has received distinctions including Alpha Omega Alpha, University of California, Irvine; Anderson Prize; and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Pepper speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC.

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Clinical interests: Facial Problems, Rhinoplasty, Nose Reconstruction, Facial Paralysis, Facial Reconstruction

Dr. Uttam K Sinha, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 4600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Uttam Sinha is an ear, nose and throat specialist and head and neck plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Sinha (or staff) is conversant in Bengali and Hindi. These areas are among Dr. Sinha's clinical interests: thyroid problems, skull base surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Sinha is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. Dr. Sinha attended medical school at Medical College and Hospital Kolkata. On average, patients gave Dr. Sinha a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sinha takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Sinha has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Clinical Trials, Stenosis, Voice Disorders, Reconstructive Surgery, Fractures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric J Kezirian, MPH, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 4600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Eric Kezirian is an ear, nose and throat specialist. Dr. Kezirian is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kezirian include: Southern California Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Pennsylvania; and Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

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Dr. Dale H Rice, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 4600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Dale Rice is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Rice include sinus problems and head and neck cancer. Dr. Rice is affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rice takes. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Sinus Problems, Head and Neck Cancer

Dr. Kalpna Kay Durairaj, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
800 South Fairmont Avenue; Suite 325
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. K. Durairaj specializes in plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Durairaj is rated highly by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Durairaj include anti-aging, migraine, and thyroid problems. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Durairaj speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Headache, Sleep Disorders, Allergies, Acid Reflux, Migraine, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joni Kristin Doherty, PhD, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
1701 Cesar Chavez; Suite 560
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Joni Doherty is a medical specialist in otology and neurotology. In Dr. Doherty's practice, she is particularly interested in dizziness and ear infection. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Adventist Health System, and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Dizziness, Ear Infection, Ear Problems

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Specializes in Surgical Dermatology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
452 N Altadena Drive; Suite 200
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Vincent Hung, who practices in Pasadena, CA and Newport Beach, CA, is a medical specialist in surgical dermatology and head & neck plastic surgery. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hung is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Hung's distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. In addition to English, Dr. Hung (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish. Dr. Hung is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic ... (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.