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's specialties are facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head & neck plastic surgery. Dr. Tolan's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Minnesota Medical School and performed his residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. He has received the following distinctions: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors.

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Dr. Inell Coeseta Rosario, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
5565 Blaine Avenue; Suite 225
Inver Grove Heights, MN
 

Dr. Inell Rosario works as an otolaryngologist in Hinckley, MN, Inver Grove Heights, MN, and City, MN. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Regions Hospital. Dr. Rosario studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Rosario completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Rosario has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rosario honors. She has received the following distinction: Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors.

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Dr. Thomas Luke Okner, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2080 Woodwinds Drive; #240
Woodbury, MN
 

Dr. Thomas Okner practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Woodbury, MN, Eagan, MN, and Maplewood, MN. Dr. Okner honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute, Dr. Okner attended medical school at New York Medical College.

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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 graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Humana HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gendron honors. She has received the following distinction: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2015 Edition.

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

Dr. Victor Cox's specialties are general surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Cox graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Eric Becken is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Becken studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his residency training at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

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Dr. Richard Glenn Karlen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
2080 Woodwinds Drive; #240
Woodbury, MN
 

Dr. Richard Karlen is a physician who specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Dr. Karlen attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Karlen completed a residency program at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Karlen has received distinctions including Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Regions Hospital.

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

Dr. Robert Smith, who practices in Woodbury, MN and Maplewood, MN, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Smith is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. His residency was performed at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

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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 is a specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Inver Grove Heights, MN. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Minnesota Medical School and performed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Campanelli is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.