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We found 38 head and neck surgeons who accept Humana HMO near Kansas City, MO.

Dr. Yelizaveta L Shnayder, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Yelizaveta Shnayder works as an ear, nose and throat specialist and head and neck plastic surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Shnayder include ablation, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and skull base surgery. She is affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Shnayder accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shnayder is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Shnayder completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Shnayder (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Nose Reconstruction, Nasal Polyps, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Skull Base ... (Read more)

Dr. Jamie David Garnett, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Department of Otolaryngology, Mail Stop 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. James Garnett's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Garnett graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Inova Fairfax Hospital and a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. His areas of expertise include throat cancer, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and laryngology. Dr. Garnett accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Tumor, Botox Injection, Laryngitis, Stenosis, Throat Problems, Voice ... (Read more)

Dr. Lynn Hilsabeck Hilsabeck, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck, Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Lynn Roh is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Her areas of expertise include thyroid cancer, thyroid surgery, and tinnitus. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Roh honors. She graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. She trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for residency. Dr. Roh has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Deviated Septum, Dizziness, Stenosis, Neck Pain, Sinus Headache, Facial Paralysis, Common Cold, ... (Read more)

Dr. John David Kriet, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. John Kriet's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). These areas are among Dr. Kriet's clinical interests: acne, restylane, and revision rhinoplasty. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Kriet attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Kriet has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Deviated Septum, Botox Injection, Rhinoplasty, Nose Reconstruction, Facial Paralysis, Juvederm, ... (Read more)

Dr. Larry Allan Hoover, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Larry Hoover is an otolaryngologist. He attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), fine needle aspiration (FNA), and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Hoover is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Hoover's hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Deviated Septum, Heartburn, Sore Throat, Strep Throat, Sinuplasty, Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory Alan Ator, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Gregory Ator is a physician who specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Ator attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Ator's areas of expertise include ear infection, meniere's disease, and cochlear implant. He is rated 3.5 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Ator's hospital/clinic affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Deafness, Ear Infection, Implantable Hearing Aid, Ear Problems, Hearing Loss, Meniere's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ann Bailey Robinson, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck, Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Ann Robinson's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Robinson is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at the University of Kansas Medical Center. These areas are among her clinical interests: graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Robinson accepts. She is affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Graves Disease, Deviated Septum, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Neck Pain, Sinus Headache, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Clinton D Humphrey, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Clinton Humphrey practices facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Humphrey include fine needle aspiration (FNA), restylane, and laser ablation. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Humphrey attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for his residency. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Humphrey is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more.

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Clinical interests: Deviated Septum, Nose Reconstruction, Facial Paralysis, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Sinus Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher Gene Larsen, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Christopher Larsen is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Larsen include graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. Dr. Larsen's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. His residency was performed at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Larsen is affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Graves Disease, Deviated Septum, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Stenosis, Neck Pain, Sinus Headache, ... (Read more)

Dr. Terance Ted Tsue, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Terance Tsue is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: fine needle aspiration (FNA), thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tsue is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Tsue's professional affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Deviated Septum, Stenosis, Sinus Headache, Facial Paralysis, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Hinrich Staecker, PhD, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology, Other
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Hinrich Staecker is an otologist and neurotologist in Kansas City, KS. In addition to English, he speaks German. Dr. Staecker's areas of expertise include the following: bell's palsy, skull base cancer, and acoustic neuroma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. After attending the University of Liege Faculty of Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, Dr. Staecker completed his residency training at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Tinnitus, Deafness, Dizziness, Ear Infection, Bell's Palsy, Facial Paralysis, Implantable Hearing ... (Read more)

Dr. Keith Andrew Sale, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngic Allergy
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Keith Sale is a physician who specializes in otolaryngic allergy. Before performing his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Sale attended Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Sale's clinical interests include thyroid problems, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and thyroid surgery. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Deviated Septum, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Sinus Headache, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel E Bruegger, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Daniel Bruegger's specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and cystic fibrosis (CF). He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Bruegger attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas for residency. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Bruegger has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Fine Needle Aspiration, Tinnitus, Tumor, Deviated Septum, Deafness, Cysts, Sleep ... (Read more)

Dr. James Lin, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
2401 Gillham Road; Children's Mercy Hospital, Adele Hall Campus
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. James Lin specializes in otology and neurotology. Dr. Lin's areas of expertise include bell's palsy, skull base surgery, and skull base cancer. His professional affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Tinnitus, Tumor, Deafness, Heartburn, Dizziness, Ear Infection, Bell's Palsy, Facial Paralysis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Allergy, Otolaryngology
2790 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 500
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Scott Knappenberger's areas of specialization are allergy and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Knappenberger trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for his residency. His professional affiliations include Shawnee Mission Health and Meritas Health. Dr. Knappenberger welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Head and Neck Cancer

Dr. Shannon Marie Kraft, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck, Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Shannon Kraft is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). These areas are among Dr. Kraft's clinical interests: heartburn, laryngitis, and laryngology. She is affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. After completing medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Clinical interests: Botox Injection, Heartburn, Laryngitis, Stenosis, Throat Problems, Voice Disorders, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

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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.