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We found 12 head and neck surgeons who accept Humana Premier near Orland Park, IL.

Dr. Andrew Jay Hotaling, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
15750 Marian Drive
Homer Glen, IL
 

Dr. Andrew Hotaling works as a pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist in Maywood, IL, Homer Glen, IL, and Oakbrook Terrace, IL. Dr. Hotaling's clinical interests include hearing loss, ear infection, and sleep apnea. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland and McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Hotaling is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital, and Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen.

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Clinical interests: Ear Infection, Throat Problems, Ear Problems, Sleep Apnea, Neck Problems, Nose Problems, Hearing ... (Read more)

Dr. Darius Bliznikas, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
7110 W 127th Street; Suite 210
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Darius Bliznikas works as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Palos Heights, IL. Dr. Bliznikas obtained his medical school training at Kaunas University of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is especially interested in ear surgery, sinuplasty, and endoscopic nasal polypectomy. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bliznikas (or staff) speaks Lithuanian and Russian. He is affiliated with MetroSouth Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Curtis Gregory Walsh, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
16001 South 108th Avenue
Orland Park, IL
 

Dr. Curtis Walsh is a facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head & neck plastic surgery specialist 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. In his practice, Dr. Walsh focuses on plastic surgery procedures and reconstructive surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Walsh accepts. Dr. Walsh's professional affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Gary Adam Kronen, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
10330 S Roberts Road
Palos Hills, IL
 

Dr. Gary Kronen's specialties are hand surgery and head & neck plastic surgery. He practices in Palos Hills, IL and Mokena, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kronen include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Kronen's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kronen is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Upstate Medical University. He trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Palos Community Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Nose Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Silvio Marra, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
16001 South 108th Avenue
Orland Park, IL
 

Dr. Silvio Marra, who practices in Orland Park, IL and New Lenox, IL, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Marra graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Marra has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks 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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Specializes in Otolaryngology
7350 W College Drive; Suite 208
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Vytenis Grybauskas' area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Grybauskas is conversant in Lithuanian. He is professionally affiliated with Palos Community Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. Dr. Grybauskas accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Brian Patrick Farrell, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
16001 South 108th Avenue
Orland Park, IL
 

Dr. Brian Farrell is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Farrell attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Philip Dean Kooiker, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
16001 South 108th Avenue
Orland Park, IL
 

Dr. Philip Kooiker specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Orland Park, IL, New Lenox, IL, and Blue Island, IL. After attending the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Kooiker completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). He is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kooiker's office for an appointment.

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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's specialties are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Keni honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
16532 Oak Park Avenue; Suite 202
Tinley Park, IL
 

Dr. Natan Scher is an otolaryngologist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Scher is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He studied medicine at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine.

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

Dr. Susan Lyon's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lyon is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She obtained her medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lyon is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hearing Aids

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
16001 S. 108th Avenue; 16001 S. 108th Avenue
Orland Park, IL
 

Dr. Nirav Thakkar, who practices in Chicago, IL, Orland Park, IL, and Evergreen Park, IL, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Thakkar's hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Dr. Thakkar attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Thakkar's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Thakkar honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thakkar welcomes new patients.

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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.