We found 18 head and neck surgeons who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Silver 04/100 near Evergreen Park, IL.

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Dr. Anil R Shah, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Anil Shah is a specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and botox injection. The average patient rating for Dr. Shah is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and United Healthcare POS. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Shah's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Marquis Who's Who and Patients' Choice Award RealSelf Top Doctor. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Shah is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Franciscan Alliance. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Chin Implants, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Chin ... (Read more)

Specializes in Otolaryngology
5841 S Maryland Avenue; M/c 1035
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mihir Bhayani's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, head and neck cancer, and parathyroid disease. Dr. Bhayani is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Bhayani is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Parathyroid Disease, Head and Neck Cancer

Dr. Jonathan Marino Sherman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
4440 W 95th Street
Oaklawn, IL
 

Dr. Jonathan Sherman is a physician who specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sherman honors. He attended medical school at Mayo Medical School. His residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Sherman's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Darius Bliznikas, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
7110 W. 127th Street
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Darius Bliznikas is a Palos Heights, IL physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His clinical interests encompass ear surgery, sinuplasty, and endoscopic nasal polypectomy. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bliznikas obtained his medical school training at Kaunas University of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, Dr. Bliznikas (or staff) speaks Lithuanian and Russian. He is affiliated with MetroSouth Medical Center. Dr. Bliznikas welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sinuplasty, Sinus Surgery, Endoscopic Nasal Polypectomy, Ear Surgery

Dr. Louis G De Guzman Portugal, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Louis Portugal specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient ratings for Dr. Portugal average 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), voice disorders, and thyroid surgery. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Portugal completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Surgery, Voice Disorders, Neck Problems, Parathyroid Surgery, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Curtis Gregory Walsh, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
2850 W. 95th Street; Mary Potter Pavillion
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Curtis Walsh is a specialist in facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head & neck plastic surgery. He works in Orland Park, IL, New Lenox, IL, and Evergreen Park, IL. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Walsh attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: plastic surgery procedures and reconstructive surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Reconstructive Surgery, Plastic Surgery Procedures, Surgical Procedures

Specializes in Otolaryngology
20201 South Crawford Avenue
Olympia Fields, IL
 

Dr. Arthur Katz practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Katz is professionally affiliated with Franciscan Alliance. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. The average patient rating for Dr. Katz is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
7350 W College Drive; Suite 208
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Vytenis Grybauskas' area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). In addition to English, he speaks Lithuanian. He is professionally affiliated with Palos Community Hospital. Dr. Grybauskas's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Sanjay Pradeep Keni, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
6600 W College Drive
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Sanjay Keni, who practices in Palos Heights, IL, is a medical specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Keni is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Dr. Silvio Marra, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2850 West 95th Street; Suite 403
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Silvio Marra is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Marra's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Marra is conversant in German. He is professionally affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Steven Francis Soltes, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
4400 West 95th Street; Suite 304
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Steven Soltes is a medical specialist in facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head & neck plastic surgery. Dr. Soltes is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Clinical interests: Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Voice Disorders

Dr. Philip Dean Kooiker, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2320 West High Street
Blue Island, IL
 

Dr. Philip Kooiker is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Kooiker graduated from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Kooiker is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
7350 W College Drive; Suite 208
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Susan Lyon's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital. She graduated from Rush Medical College and then she performed her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lyon has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hearing Aids

Specializes in Otolaryngology
2850 W 95th Street; Suite 203
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Nirav Thakkar's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Thakkar honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Thakkar attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Thakkar speaks Gujarati. Dr. Thakkar's professional affiliations include Palos Community Hospital, Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Dr. Thakkar has an open panel.

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Dr. Brian Patrick Farrell, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2850 W. 95th Street; Mary Potter Pavilion
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Brian Farrell works as an otolaryngologist in Orland Park, IL, New Lenox, IL, and Evergreen Park, IL. Dr. Farrell has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His professional affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Parathyroid Surgery, Ear Surgery, Minimally Invasive Procedures

Dr. Krystyna Gal, DO
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
2701 W 68th Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Krystyna Gal specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Chicago, IL and Orland Park, IL. Dr. Gal is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Sinai Health System (Chicago). She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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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