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 a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Covington's professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. He is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Coventry, First Health, and Humana HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Covington accepts.

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

Dr. Festus Krebs practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Lee's Summit Medical Center and Carondelet Health. Dr. Krebs is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU).

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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' medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Walls is affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Lee's Summit Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Lees Summit, MO. His average patient rating is 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shaw's professional affiliations include Lee's Summit Medical Center and Menorah Medical Center. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Shaw's training includes a residency program at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Shaw (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and French.

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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). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cowan is affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Lee's Summit Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Kansas 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 area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. Dr. Sleve is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, Humana HMO, and Humana Bronze. 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 practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Kansas City, MO and Lees Summit, MO. On average, patients gave Dr. Shapiro a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He trained at the University of Missouri Health System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for residency. He is professionally affiliated with 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.

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