We found 11 head and neck surgeons who accept MultiPlan 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 is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Shnayder (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Shnayder include ablation, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and skull base surgery. Dr. Shnayder's professional affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Shnayder is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). She honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Nose Reconstruction, Nasal Polyps, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Skull Base ... (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 physician who specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Humphrey's clinical interests include fine needle aspiration (FNA), dermabrasion, and deviated septum. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. His 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. Dr. Humphrey has received professional recognition including the following: 435 Magazine Best Doctors and KC Magazine Super Docs. 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: Dermabrasion, Deviated Septum, Eyelid Retraction Repair, Chin Implants, Nose Reconstruction, Facial ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Christopher Larsen's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He studied medicine at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Larsen trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for his residency. His areas of expertise include the following: graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Larsen takes Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. 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: Wheezing, Dizziness, Stenosis, Sinus Headache, Facial Paralysis, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Daniel Cullen, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
3100 Broadway Street; Suite 509
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Robert Cullen works as an otologist and neurotologist in Kansas City, MO. His areas of expertise include the following: hearing loss, otosclerosis, and cochlear implant. Dr. Cullen's professional affiliations include Saint Luke's South Hospital, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and Menorah Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at UNC Hospitals. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Hearing Loss, Otosclerosis, Cochlear Implant

Dr. Robert Vanneman Spake, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
4320 Wornall Road; Suite 512
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. R. Spake, who practices in Kansas City, MO, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Kansas Medical Center's residency program. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Spake has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Clinical interests: Sinuplasty, Nose Surgery, Sinus Problems, Sleep Apnea, Snoring

Dr. Bradley Seaton Thedinger, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
3100 Broadway; Suite 509
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Bradley Thedinger's medical specialty is otology and neurotology. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Thedinger attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Provenant Mercy Medical Center, Denver and a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Thedinger is affiliated with Saint Luke's South Hospital, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and Menorah Medical Center.

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Dr. Stanley William McClurg, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
4320 Wornall Road; Suite 512
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Stanley McClurg's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Before performing his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. McClurg attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Dr. McClurg's hospital/clinic affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Clinical interests: Pituitary Surgery, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

Dr. Peter Andre Gochee, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
Ku Oto - Hns; Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Peter Gochee is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). In his practice, he is particularly interested in sleep apnea, parotidectomy, and sinus surgery. Dr. Gochee is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville. Before completing his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Gochee attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Parotidectomy, Sinus Surgery, Sleep Apnea, Thyroidectomy

Dr. Joseph A Ursick, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
3100 Broadway Street; Suite 509
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Joseph Ursick is a specialist in otology and neurotology. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Ursick completed his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Ursick is professionally affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Dr. Abigail Catherine McEwan, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
4320 Wornall Road; Suite 512
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Abigail McEwan is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Kansas City, MO. Dr. McEwan's areas of expertise include the following: sleep apnea and allergies. She is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Before completing her residency at the University of Missouri Health System, Dr. McEwan attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Allergies, Sleep Apnea

Dr. Valerie Anne Wood, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
4320 Wornall Road; Suite 512
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Valerie Wood is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). After attending Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Wood has a special interest in hearing loss, dizziness, and sleep apnea. She accepts Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. She is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Dizziness, Sleep Apnea, Parathyroid Disease, Hearing Loss, Head and Neck 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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