We found 4 head and neck surgeons who accept CIGNA Network near Westchester, IL.

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Dr. Kathleen Rose Billings, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Kathleen Billings, who practices in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Glenbrook, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Billings studied medicine at Rush Medical College. Dr. Billings's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is 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. James W Schroeder II, Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. James Schroeder is a pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist. Patients gave Dr. Schroeder an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include tonsilitis, hearing loss, and psoriatic arthritis. His professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Schroeder honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Schroeder attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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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
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Nancy Young is a physician who specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Dr. Young honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center. She has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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

Dr. John Maddalozzo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. John Maddalozzo practices pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) in Chicago, IL, New Lenox, IL, and Westchester, IL. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Maddalozzo's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maddalozzo accepts. Dr. Maddalozzo is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago.

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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.