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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 sees patients in Belton, MO and Lees Summit, MO. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is professionally affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Lee's Summit Medical Center. Dr. Walls obtained his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Walls is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Walls is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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, who practices in Lees Summit, MO and Lexington, MO, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. He studied medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Covington's residency was performed at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Dr. Covington is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, First Health, and Humana HMO.

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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 medical specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Shaw accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. His education and training includes medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Shaw (or staff) speaks Hebrew and French. Dr. Shaw is professionally affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center and Menorah Medical Center.

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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 an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Krebs's professional affiliations include Lee's Summit Medical Center and Carondelet Health. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Krebs attended St. Louis University School of Medicine.

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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 physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). The average patient rating for Dr. Cowan is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cowan is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for his residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Saint Luke's East 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's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). After attending SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Sleve completed his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Plans, Humana HMO, and Humana Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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

Dr. Peter Shapiro practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Shapiro accepts 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). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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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.