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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 specialties are otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. He practices in Saint Paul, MN, Se Minneapolis, MN, and Robbinsdale, MN. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hamlar's areas of expertise include facial problems, cleft lip and palate, and minimally invasive surgery. He is affiliated with North Memorial Health Care, Fairview Southdale Hospital, and the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC). He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Hamlar is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine and Ohio State University College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Ohio State University Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor"; and Air Medal Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Hamlar is conversant in Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Seth Janus is an otolaryngologist in Minneapolis, MN, Se Minneapolis, MN, and Saint Paul, MN. He has indicated that his clinical interests include sleep apnea and sinus problems. Dr. Janus accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Janus attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He has received the following distinctions: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor"; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2015 Edition; and Arnold P. Gold Humanism and Excellence. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), HealthPartners Specialty Center, and Regions Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Peter Hilger's specialties are facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head & neck plastic surgery. He practices in Fridley, MN, Edina, MN, and Minneapolis, MN. The average patient rating for Dr. Hilger is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Hilger attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. His distinctions include: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors; Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; and Honorary Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He is affiliated with Fairview Southdale Hospital, the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), and Regions Hospital.

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

Dr. Manuela Fina is an ear, nose and throat specialist. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Milan Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and then went on to complete her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Fina (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Italian. Dr. Fina is affiliated with HealthPartners Como Clinic, HealthPartners Specialty Center, and Regions Hospital.

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

Dr. Jennifer Hsia is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hsia include radiofrequency turbinate reduction, sinus problems, and snoring. She is affiliated with Fairview Ridges Hospital, Fairview Southdale Hospital, and the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Hsia is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Hsia trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington.

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

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

Dr. Frank Ondrey's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). In his practice, Dr. Ondrey focuses on thyroid cancer and head and neck cancer. Dr. Ondrey takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before performing his residency at Hennepin County Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Ondrey attended Rush Medical College for medical school. His professional 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. His clinical interests include facial problems. Dr. Dresner is professionally affiliated with HealthPartners Specialty Center and Regions Hospital. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for residency. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors and Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Facial Problems

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 surgeon, ear, nose and throat specialist, and head and neck plastic surgeon. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Tolan trained at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview for his residency. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tolan has received professional recognition including the following: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors.

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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). The average patient rating for Dr. Thomas is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Thomas is professionally affiliated with Fairview Ridges Hospital and the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC). He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Mayo Medical School. His training includes a residency program at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Thomas has received the following distinctions: Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors.

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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 physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient ratings for Dr. Chang average 3.5 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chang accepts. Before completing his residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, Dr. Chang attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include HealthPartners Como Clinic, HealthPartners Specialty Center, and Regions Hospital.

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Dr. Franklin Lipman Rimell, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
401 Phalen Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN
 

Dr. Franklin Rimell is a specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). He works in Minneapolis, MN, Se Minneapolis, MN, and Saint Paul, MN. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Rimell takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, he performed his residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. His distinctions include: Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Regions Hospital.

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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 otolaryngologist. Dr. Schmidt is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, Dr. Schmidt attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. His distinctions include: Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthPartners Como Clinic, HealthPartners Specialty Center, and Regions Hospital.

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

Dr. Thomas Okner specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Woodbury, MN, Eagan, MN, and Maplewood, MN. Dr. Okner honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He studied medicine at New York Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute.

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Dr. Pao Vang, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
North Building-2nd, Floor Office; Mail Stop 11503-j
St. Paul, MN
 

Dr. Pao Vang works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. His medical residency was performed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Mayo Clinic. Dr. Vang is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vang (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Lao and Hmong. Dr. Vang is professionally affiliated with HealthPartners Como Clinic, HealthPartners Specialty Center, and Regions Hospital.

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

Dr. Kristin Gendron's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gendron takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Humana HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2015 Edition.

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Dr. Richard Glenn Karlen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
2080 Woodwinds Drive; Suite 120
Woodbury, MN
 

Dr. Richard Karlen's area of specialization is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). He is affiliated with Regions Hospital. Dr. Karlen attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His residency was performed at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Dr. Karlen's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors.

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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.