We found 42 head and neck surgeons who accept Humana Open Access near Kansas City, KS.

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

Dr. Yelizaveta Shnayder's areas of specialization are otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Shnayder include ablation, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and skull base surgery. She takes Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Dr. Shnayder attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU) for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Shnayder (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. Dr. Shnayder's hospital/clinic 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: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Nose Reconstruction, Nasal Polyps, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Skull Base ... (Read more)

Dr. Jamie David Garnett, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. James Garnett's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Garnett's areas of expertise include throat cancer, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and laryngology. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Inova Fairfax Hospital and a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. Dr. Garnett has received the distinction of 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: Fine Needle Aspiration, Tumor, Wheezing, Botox Injection, Laryngitis, Stenosis, Throat Problems, ... (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 specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and acne. Dr. Kriet's hospital/clinic affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Kriet has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Deviated Septum, Chin Implants, Nose Reconstruction, Facial Paralysis, Injectable ... (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 is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. These areas are among her clinical interests: thyroid cancer, thyroid surgery, and tinnitus. Dr. Roh is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Roh has received the distinction of 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. 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 facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: fine needle aspiration (FNA), dermabrasion, and deviated septum. He is affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Humphrey's education and training includes medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Humphrey an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. He 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, Chin Implants, Nose Reconstruction, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Larry Allan Hoover, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Larry Hoover works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. His clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), fine needle aspiration (FNA), and cystic fibrosis (CF). His professional affiliations include Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City and The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Hoover is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hoover obtained his medical school training at Ohio State University College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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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 works as a pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist. Dr. Ator has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include ear infection, ruptured eardrum, and meniere's disease. He is affiliated with 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, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Ator has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Deafness, Ear Infection, Ruptured Eardrum, Implantable Hearing Aid, Ear Problems, Hearing Loss, ... (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 is an ear, nose and throat specialist. These areas are among her clinical interests: graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Robinson graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for residency. She 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: Graves Disease, Deviated Septum, Wheezing, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Neck Pain, Sinus Headache, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher Gene Larsen, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Christopher Larsen's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patients gave Dr. Larsen an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Larsen include graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Dr. Larsen's education and training includes medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His hospital/clinic 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: Wheezing, Dizziness, Stenosis, Sinus Headache, Facial Paralysis, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, ... (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 areas of specialization are otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery; he sees patients in Kansas City, KS and Shawnee Mission, KS. Clinical interests for Dr. Tsue include fine needle aspiration (FNA), thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. Dr. Tsue's hospital/clinic affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tsue honors. He studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Tsue trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Deviated Septum, Stenosis, Sinus Headache, Facial Paralysis, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Skin ... (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 specializes in otology and neurotology. He speaks German. Areas of expertise for Dr. Staecker include bell's palsy, skull base cancer, and acoustic neuroma. He is professionally affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. He attended the University of Liege Faculty of Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency. 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 honors. He has received the distinction of 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. Keith Andrew Sale, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngic Allergy
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Keith Sale practices otolaryngic allergy. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sale include thyroid problems, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and thyroid surgery. His professional affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Sale accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Sale completed a residency program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He has received the distinction of 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. Daniel E Bruegger, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Daniel Bruegger is a pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bruegger include thyroid problems, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and cystic fibrosis (CF). He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Dr. Bruegger has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Fine Needle Aspiration, Tinnitus, Tumor, Deviated Septum, Deafness, Cysts, Sleep ... (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's medical specialty is otology and neurotology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lin include bell's palsy, skull base surgery, and skull base cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Lin trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Scott Knappenberger is an allergist and otolaryngologist. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Knappenberger completed a residency program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Knappenberger's professional affiliations include Shawnee Mission Health and Meritas Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Head and Neck Cancer

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

Dr. Shannon Kraft's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). These areas are among her clinical interests: heartburn, laryngitis, and laryngology. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before completing her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Kraft attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. Her 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: Wheezing, Botox Injection, Heartburn, Laryngitis, Stenosis, Throat Problems, Voice Disorders, Acid ... (Read more)

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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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