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

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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 is an ear, nose and throat specialist. Dr. Covington accepts Coventry, First Health, Humana HMO, and more. He attended the University of Utah School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Lafayette Regional Health Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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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 has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Walls attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Walls completed a residency program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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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 is a Lees Summit, MO physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His professional affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Lee's Summit Medical Center. Dr. Cowan attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Kansas City, MO and Lees Summit, MO. He studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Shapiro trained at the University of Missouri Health System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Shapiro's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shapiro's professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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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 works as an otolaryngologist. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Sleve accepts United Healthcare Plans, Humana HMO, and Humana Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
296 Ne Tudor Road
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Gary Shaw is a medical specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His average rating from his patients is 1.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Shaw has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
296 Ne Tudor Road
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Festus Krebs' medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Krebs attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Carondelet Health.

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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.

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