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We found 4 head and neck surgeons who accept Health Alliance HMO near Northbrook, IL.

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

Dr. Kathleen Billings' specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Billings's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She accepts 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. Her education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Clinical interests: Sleep Apnea, Hearing Loss, Cholesteatoma

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

Dr. James Schroeder, who practices in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Westchester, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Schroeder's areas of expertise include the following: tonsilitis, hearing loss, and psoriatic arthritis. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Before completing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Schroeder attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. 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: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Hearing Loss, Arthritis, Tonsil ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Nancy Young specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. Before performing her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Young attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. John Maddalozzo specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Patient ratings for Dr. Maddalozzo average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Maddalozzo attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. 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 is accepting new patients.

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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.