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We found 7 head and neck surgeons who accept Humana Platinum HMO near Lees Summit, MO.

Dr. Kelvin L Walls, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Lee's Summit Medical Center Suite 110
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Kelvin Walls is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Belton, MO and Lees Summit, MO. Patient ratings for Dr. Walls average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Walls takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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Dr. Mark Owen Covington, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Lee's Summit Medical Center Suite 110
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Mark Covington sees patients in Lees Summit, MO and Lexington, MO. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He honors Coventry, First Health, and Humana HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Dr. Covington is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Dr. Gary Yale Shaw, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
296 North East Tudor Road
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Gary Shaw is a facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist. Dr. Shaw (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and French. His professional affiliations include Lee's Summit Medical Center and Menorah Medical Center. Dr. Shaw's education and training includes medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. His average patient rating is 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shaw takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Dr. Festus John Krebs III, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
296 Ne Tudor Road
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Festus Krebs is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Krebs studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Krebs honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center and Carondelet Health.

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Dr. Douglas Howard Cowan, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Lee's Summit Medical Center Suite 110
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Douglas Cowan's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Lee's Summit Medical Center. Dr. Cowan is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Cowan attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Lee's Summit Medical Center Suite 110
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Daniel Sleve's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. United Healthcare Plans, Humana HMO, and Humana Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sleve honors. He is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Kansas Medical Center's residency program.

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Dr. Peter Edward Shapiro, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
20 Northeast St. Lukes Boulevard; Suite 200
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Peter Shapiro's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shapiro's professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Lee's Summit Medical Center. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Shapiro completed residency programs at the University of Missouri Health System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).

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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.