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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 medical specialist in facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head & neck plastic surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tolan accepts. Before completing his residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, Dr. Tolan attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He 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 is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Woodbury, MN, Eagan, MN, and Maplewood, MN. Dr. Okner honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before performing his residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute, Dr. Okner attended New York Medical College for medical school.

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

Dr. Inell Rosario is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Rosario trained 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. Dr. Rosario is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Regions Hospital.

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Dr. Kristin Bailey Gendron, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2080 Woodwinds Drive; #240
Woodbury, MN
 

Dr. Kristin Gendron is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She works in Woodbury, MN and Maplewood, MN. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for residency. She is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Humana HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gendron has received professional recognition including the following: 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 is a general surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Cox graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Cox completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Yale University.

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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 attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and subsequently trained at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview for residency. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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

Dr. Richard Karlen practices pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) in Woodbury, MN, Eagan, MN, and Maplewood, MN. 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. The average patient rating for Dr. Karlen is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Karlen has received the distinction of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors. He is professionally 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 is an ear, nose and throat specialist. He studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Smith trained at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview for residency. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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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, who practices in Inver Grove Heights, MN, is a medical specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Before completing his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Dr. Campanelli attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Campanelli has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts 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.