We found 21 head and neck surgeons who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 02/100 near Maplewood, MN.

Dr. David Duffield Hamlar Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
401 Phalen Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN
 

Dr. David Hamlar's areas of specialization are pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: facial problems, cleft lip and palate, and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Hamlar's hospital/clinic affiliations include North Memorial Health Care, Fairview Southdale Hospital, and the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC). He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hamlar obtained his medical school training at Howard University College of Medicine and Ohio State University College of Medicine and performed his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor"; and Air Medal Operation Iraqi Freedom. He speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Cleft Lip and Palate Repair, Throat Problems, Craniofacial Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Ear ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter Andrew Hilger, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
401 Phalen Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN
 

Dr. Peter Hilger is a specialist in facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head & neck plastic surgery. He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hilger include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and restylane. Patients rated Dr. Hilger highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Hilger include: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors; Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors. Dr. Hilger is professionally affiliated with Fairview Southdale Hospital, the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), and Regions Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Septoplasty, Botox Injection, Rhinoplasty, Dysport Injection, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Seth Chalmers Janus, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
401 Phalen Boulevard
St. Paul, MN
 

Dr. Seth Janus sees patients in Minneapolis, MN, Se Minneapolis, MN, and Saint Paul, MN. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise consist of sleep apnea and sinus problems. Dr. Janus's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), HealthPartners Specialty Center, and Regions Hospital. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Janus's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Janus include: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor"; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2015 Edition; and Arnold P. Gold Humanism and Excellence.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Throat Problems, Sinus Problems, Ear Problems, Sleep Apnea, Nose Problems

Dr. Jennifer Chia-Chen Hsia, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
435 Phalen Boulevard
St. Paul, MN
 

Dr. Jennifer Hsia's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Her areas of clinical interest consist of radiofrequency turbinate reduction, sinus problems, and snoring. Dr. Hsia is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Hsia is affiliated with Fairview Ridges Hospital, Fairview Southdale Hospital, and the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC).

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Clinical interests: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sleep Problems, Throat Problems, Sinus Problems, Ear Problems, Sleep ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher John Tolan, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
2080 Woowinds Drive; #240
Woodbury, MN
 

Dr. Christopher Tolan is a facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head & neck plastic surgery specialist. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and acne. He is rated highly by his patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tolan honors. Before performing his residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, Dr. Tolan attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. He has received the following distinctions: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Septoplasty, Botox Injection, Rhinoplasty, Laser Resurfacing, Nose ... (Read more)

Dr. Manuela Fina, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
401 Phalen Boulevard
St. Paul, MN
 

Dr. Manuela Fina is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Fina accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Milan Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, she performed her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Fina (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian. Dr. Fina is affiliated with HealthPartners Como Clinic, HealthPartners Specialty Center, and Regions Hospital.

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Dr. Frank Gerard Ondrey, PhD, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
401 Phalen Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN
 

Dr. Frank Ondrey is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Ondrey's clinical interests encompass thyroid cancer and head and neck cancer. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before completing his residency at Hennepin County Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Ondrey attended medical school at Rush Medical College. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), Regions Hospital, and HealthPartners Regions Specialty Clinics.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Cancer, Throat Problems, Hoarseness, Voice Disorders, Ear Problems, Facial Problems, Nose ... (Read more)

Dr. Harley Seth Dresner, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
401 Phalen Boulevard; Mail Stop 41104i
St. Paul, MN
 

Dr. Harley Dresner practices facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head & neck plastic surgery. He has a special interest in facial problems. Dr. Dresner is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Dresner has received include Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors; and Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include HealthPartners Specialty Center and Regions Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Facial Problems

Dr. Jon Vincent Thomas, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3100 Kennard Street; Suite 100
Maplewood, MN
 

Dr. Jon Thomas' area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thomas is a graduate of Mayo Medical School and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. Dr. Thomas's distinctions include: Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Fairview Ridges Hospital and the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC).

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Dr. Henry Shih-Hung Chang, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Otolaryngology
401 Phalen Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN
 

Dr. Henry Chang is a general surgeon and ear, nose and throat specialist in Saint Paul, MN. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chang is affiliated with HealthPartners Como Clinic, HealthPartners Specialty Center, and Regions Hospital. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

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Dr. Thomas Luke Okner, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2080 Woodwinds Drive; Suite 120
Woodbury, MN
 

Dr. Thomas Okner works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Okner honors. He is a graduate of New York Medical College. Dr. Okner's training includes a residency program at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute.

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Dr. Victor Stuart Cox, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Otolaryngology
2080 Woodwinds Drive; Suite 120
Woodbury, MN
 

Dr. V. Cox practices general surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After attending the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Cox completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Yale University.

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Dr. Eric Thomas Becken, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2080 Woodwinds Drive; Suite 120
Woodbury, MN
 

Dr. Eric Becken is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Dr. Becken is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. His training includes a residency program at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

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Dr. Kristin Bailey Gendron, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2080 Woodwinds Drive; Suite 120
Woodbury, MN
 

Dr. Kristin Gendron is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gendron honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Humana HMO, and more. She has received the distinction of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2015 Edition.

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Dr. Robert Weston Smith, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
Beam Professiona Building, Suite 200; Beam Professiona Building, Suite 200
Maplewood, MN
 

Dr. Robert Smith is an otolaryngologist in Woodbury, MN and Maplewood, MN. Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Smith trained at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. The average patient rating for Dr. Smith is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Smith honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Dr. Derek Joseph Julius Schmidt, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
401 Phalen Boulevard
St. Paul, MN
 

Dr. Derek Schmidt works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schmidt accepts. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and then he performed his residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors. Dr. Schmidt is affiliated with HealthPartners Como Clinic, HealthPartners Specialty Center, and Regions Hospital.

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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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