We found 12 head and neck surgeons who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Arlington Heights, IL.

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Dr. Allan A Ho, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
880 W Central Road; Suite 7200
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Allan Ho works as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Arlington Heights, IL and Hoffman Estates, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ho include allergy testing. He is professionally affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center. Dr. Ho honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Clinical interests: Allergy Testing

Dr. Andrew James Lerrick, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1400 East Golf Road; Suite 121
Des Plaines, IL
 

Dr. Andrew Lerrick is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Lerrick include thyroid problems, minor surgery, and snoring. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Lerrick trained at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University. In addition to English, Dr. Lerrick speaks French. Dr. Lerrick is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Hearing Test, Sinus Surgery, Ear Problems, Minor Surgery, Snoring, Surgical Procedures, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Mir Jafer Ali Joffrey, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1321 Tower Road; Unit A
Schaumburg, IL
 

Dr. Mir Joffrey's areas of specialization are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat); he sees patients in Schaumburg, IL. Dr. Joffrey's areas of expertise include the following: chin implants, eyelid surgery, and revision rhinoplasty. He is professionally affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Joffrey attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Lip Implants, Chin Implants, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Chin Surgery, Facelift, Forehead Lift, Brow ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert L Deitch, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
1000 Grand Canyon Parkway; Suite 301
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Robert Deitch is an otolaryngologist. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Deitch include hearing aids, facial surgery, and sinuplasty. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Deitch takes. Before completing his residency at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Deitch attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Rush Medical College. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Restylane, Hearing Aids, Facial Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lon J Petchenik, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Other, Otolaryngology
880 W Central Road; Suite 7200
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Lon Petchenik practices facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Petchenik's areas of expertise include the following: chin surgery, cauterizations, and nasal endoscopy. He is rated highly by his patients. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Petchenik honors. Dr. Petchenik has received the distinction of US News Top Doctor. He is affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Hearing Test, Nasal Endoscopy, Chin Surgery, Sinus Surgery, Laryngoscopy, Neck Problems, Allergy ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce Glenn Grossman, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
1000 Grand Canyon Parkway; Suite 301
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Bruce Grossman's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). The average patient rating for Dr. Grossman is 2.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include hearing aids, facial surgery, and sinuplasty. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grossman accepts. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Restylane, Hearing Aids, Facial Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Maria Latev Wittkopf, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Other
880 W Central Road; Suite 7200
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Maria Wittkopf's area of specialization is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Wittkopf include allergy testing. She is professionally affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wittkopf accepts. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a graduate of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's residency program.

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Clinical interests: Allergy Testing

Dr. Glenn J Schwartz, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
880 W Central Road; Suite 7200
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Glenn Schwartz works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: cauterizations, biopsy, and laryngoscopy. Dr. Schwartz is affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schwartz accepts. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Dr. Schwartz performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Clinical interests: Laryngoscopy, Allergy Testing, Cauterizations, Biopsy

Dr. Lawrence O Martin, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1430 N. Arlington Heights Road; Suite 214
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Lawrence Martin works as a facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist in Arlington Heights, IL. His clinical interests include facial problems, blepharoplasty, and chin surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Martin attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He completed his residency training at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver. He is professionally affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Rhinoplasty, Chin Surgery, Otoplasty, Facelift, Forehead Lift, Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. George Smyrniotis, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
880 W Central Road; Suite 7200
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. George Smyrniotis sees patients in Arlington Heights, IL and Hoffman Estates, IL. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Smyrniotis's areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, nasal endoscopy, and hearing test. He is affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Smyrniotis attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

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Clinical interests: Hearing Test, Nasal Endoscopy, Chin Surgery, Facelift, Brow Lift, Laryngoscopy, Revision ... (Read more)

Dr. Kirk R Clark, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
880 W Central Road; Suite 7200
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Kirk Clark specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Clark completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His areas of expertise include the following: nose cauterization, biopsy, and allergy testing. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Clark is affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Allergy Testing, Nose Cauterization, Biopsy

Dr. Marci Jill Pugnale, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
880 W Central Road; Suite 7200
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Marci Pugnale practices pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) in Arlington Heights, IL and Hoffman Estates, IL. She has a special interest in cauterizations, nasal endoscopy, and biopsy. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pugnale takes. Dr. Pugnale attended medical school at Rush Medical College. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati for residency. She is professionally affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Nasal Endoscopy, Allergy Testing, Cauterizations, Biopsy, Flexible Laryngoscopy

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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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