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We found 4 head and neck surgeons who accept Harmony Health Plans of Illinois near Northbrook, IL.

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Dr. Kathleen Rose Billings, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. Kathleen Billings works as a pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist in Chicago, IL, Glenbrook, IL, and Northbrook, IL. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Billings attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Billings takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Billings is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Apnea, Hearing Loss, Cholesteatoma

Dr. Nancy Melinda Young, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. Nancy Young is a pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) specialist in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Northbrook, IL. She is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Young is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Young completed residency programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Young has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Hearing Loss, Ear Infection, Cochlear Implant Surgery, Cochlear Implant

Dr. James W Schroeder II, Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. James Schroeder practices pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schroeder include tonsilitis, hearing loss, and sleep apnea. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schroeder accepts. His education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Schroeder's professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Hearing Loss, Tonsil Problems, Feeding Disorders, Sinusitis, Tonsilitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Maddalozzo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. John Maddalozzo specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). On average, patients gave Dr. Maddalozzo a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago, Dr. Maddalozzo attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Maddalozzo is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Autoimmune Disorders, Tonsillectomy, Inflammation

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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.