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We found 9 head and neck surgeons who accept Humana Gold near Woodbury, MN.

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. Thomas Luke Okner, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2080 Woodwinds Drive; #240
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. Inell Coeseta Rosario, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
5565 Blaine Avenue; Suite 225
Inver Grove Heights, MN
 

Dr. Inell Rosario specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Eagan, MN, Hinckley, MN, and Inver Grove Heights, MN. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Rosario is professionally affiliated with Regions Hospital. She studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Rosario trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Patient reviews placed Dr. Rosario at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She has received the distinction of Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors.

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Dr. Kristin Bailey Gendron, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2080 Woodwinds Drive; #240
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; #240
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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Dr. Victor Stuart Cox, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Otolaryngology
2080 Woodwinds Drive; #240
Woodbury, MN
 

Dr. Victor Cox specializes in general surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Woodbury, MN, Eagan, MN, and Maplewood, MN. Dr. Cox graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Cox trained at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Dr. Eric Thomas Becken, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2080 Woodwinds Drive; Suite 240
Woodbury, MN
 

Dr. Eric Becken's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Becken attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

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Dr. Robert Weston Smith, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2080 Woodwinds Drive; #240
Woodbury, MN
 

Dr. Robert Smith practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Woodbury, MN and Maplewood, MN. Before performing his residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, Dr. Smith attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Smith accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Joseph Lewis Campanelli, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
5565 Blaine Avenue; Suite 225
Inver Grove Heights, MN
 

Dr. Joseph Campanelli's specialties are facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head & neck plastic surgery. Dr. Campanelli graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and then he performed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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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.