We found 41 head and neck surgeons who accept Humana Open Access near Kansas City, KS.

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Dr. Robert Daniel Cullen, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
2401 Gillham Road; Children's Mercy Hospital, Adele Hall Campus
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Robert Cullen is an otology and neurotology specialist. After attending the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at UNC Hospitals. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cullen include hearing loss, otosclerosis, and acoustic neuroma. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cullen is professionally affiliated with Children's Mercy (Kansas City and Overland Park, KS; Independence and Kansas City, MO), Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Clinical interests: Skull Base Tumors, Hearing Loss, Otosclerosis, Acoustic Neuroma, Cochlear Implant

Dr. Yelizaveta L Shanyder, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Yelizaveta Shnayder's specialties are otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. Her areas of expertise include the following: ablation, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and skull base surgery. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shnayder accepts. She studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Shnayder completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Shnayder (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. Dr. Shnayder is professionally affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Nose Reconstruction, Nasal Polyps, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Skull Base ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher Gene Larsen, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Christopher Larsen is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). These areas are among his clinical interests: graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Larsen a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Dr. Larsen performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Wheezing, Dizziness, Stenosis, Sinus Headache, Facial Paralysis, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, ... (Read more)

Dr. Clinton D Humphrey, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Clinton Humphrey is a medical specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Humphrey's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include fine needle aspiration (FNA), dermabrasion, and deviated septum. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Humphrey has received distinctions including 435 Magazine Best Doctors and KC Magazine Super Docs.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Deviated Septum, Eyelid Retraction Repair, Work Injuries, Chin Implants, Nose ... (Read more)

Dr. Ann Bailey Robinson, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Ann Robinson's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Robinson include graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. She is affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Robinson studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Robinson completed her residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Clinical interests: Graves Disease, Deviated Septum, Wheezing, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Neck Pain, Sinus Headache, ... (Read more)

Dr. Keith Andrew Sale, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngic Allergy
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Keith Sale is an otolaryngic allergist. These areas are among Dr. Sale's clinical interests: thyroid problems, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and thyroid surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Deviated Septum, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Sinus Headache, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Lynn Hilsabeck Hilsabeck, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Lynn Roh practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Roh's clinical interests include thyroid cancer, thyroid surgery, and tinnitus. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. She trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for residency. Dr. Roh has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Deviated Septum, Wheezing, Dizziness, Stenosis, Neck Pain, Sinus Headache, Facial Paralysis, Common ... (Read more)

Dr. Jamie David Garnett, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. James Garnett's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Garnett's areas of expertise include the following: throat cancer, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and laryngology. His professional affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital and a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Garnett honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Tumor, Wheezing, Botox Injection, Laryngitis, Stenosis, Throat Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Lin, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
2401 Gillham Road; Children's Mercy Hospital, Adele Hall Campus
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. James Lin works as an otologist and neurotologist. His areas of expertise include bell's palsy, skull base surgery, and skull base cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Children's Mercy (Kansas City and Overland Park, KS; Independence and Kansas City, MO), and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Dr. Lin takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center for residency.

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Clinical interests: Tinnitus, Tumor, Deafness, Heartburn, Dizziness, Ear Infection, Bell's Palsy, Ruptured Eardrum, ... (Read more)

Dr. John David Kriet, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Other, Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. John Kriet is a physician who specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Kriet include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and deviated septum. Dr. Kriet has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Kriet attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Deviated Septum, Work Injuries, Chin Implants, Nose Reconstruction, Facial Paralysis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hinrich Staecker, PhD, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology, Other
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Hinrich Staecker's specialty is otology and neurotology. In addition to English, he speaks German. His areas of expertise include the following: bell's palsy, skull base cancer, and acoustic neuroma. Dr. Staecker is professionally affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Staecker studied medicine at the University of Liege Faculty of Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. His medical residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Staecker takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Tinnitus, Deafness, Dizziness, Ear Infection, Bell's Palsy, Ruptured Eardrum, Facial Paralysis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Terance Ted Tsue, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Terance Tsue's specialties are otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. He practices in Kansas City, KS and Shawnee Mission, KS. Dr. Tsue is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Tsue include fine needle aspiration (FNA), thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Tsue attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Deviated Septum, Stenosis, Sinus Headache, Facial Paralysis, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian Matthew Hendricks, DO
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
5330 N Oak Trfwy; Suite 201
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Brian Hendricks specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Hendricks studied medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He has received the distinction of Alpha Omega Alpha; Magna Cum Laude (Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences). He is affiliated with Shawnee Mission Health and North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH). He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Myringoplasty, Tympanoplasty, Sinus Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Tympanostomy, Neck Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Larry Allan Hoover, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Larry Hoover's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), fine needle aspiration (FNA), and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Hoover accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University for residency. Dr. Hoover has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Deviated Septum, Heartburn, Sore Throat, Strep Throat, Sinuplasty, Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory Alan Ator, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Gregory Ator is a physician who specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Ator's areas of expertise include the following: ear infection, ruptured eardrum, and meniere's disease. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ator is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Deafness, Ear Infection, Work Injuries, Ruptured Eardrum, Implantable Hearing Aid, Ear Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Otolaryngology
2790 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 500
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Kumar Prasad sees patients in Kansas City, MO and North Kansas City, MO. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Prasad has received the distinction of Saint Louis University College of Arts & Sciences - Summa Cum Laude. Dr. Prasad (or staff) speaks Assamese and Spanish. He is affiliated with Shawnee Mission Health and Meritas Health.

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Clinical interests: Nose Problems, Training, Throat Problems, Head and Neck Cancer, Reconstructive Surgery, Ear Problems

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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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