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We found 25 head and neck surgeons who accept Mercy Health Plan near Town and Country, MO.

Dr. Richard A Chole, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology and Neurotology
13001 North Outer Forty
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Richard Chole is a pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and otology and neurotology specialist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Chole attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: hearing loss, pituitary tumor, and skull base tumors. Dr. Chole takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Chole's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Bone Problems, Skull Base Tumors, Hearing Loss, Meniere's Disease, Cholesteatoma, Otosclerosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Terence Michael Myckatyn, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1020 N. Mason Road; Medical Building Three
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Terence Myckatyn specializes in hand surgery, trauma surgery, and head & neck plastic surgery and practices in Saint Louis, MO. Clinical interests for Dr. Myckatyn include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Myckatyn is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. After attending the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Dr. John Jeonhwan Chi, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1020 N Mason Road; Suite 205
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. John Chi works as a facial plastic surgeon, ear, nose and throat specialist, and head and neck plastic surgeon in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. His clinical interests include cosmetic surgery and rhinoplasty. Dr. Chi's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Chi speaks Korean.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Cosmetic Surgery, Chemical Peels, Facial Problems, Mohs Surgery, Facial Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Keith E Brandt, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, Hand Surgery, Trauma Surgery
1040 North Mason Road; Suite 110
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Keith Brandt's areas of specialization are plastic surgery, head and neck surgery, and hand surgery; he sees patients in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Brandt is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at Geisinger Medical Center, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Baylor University Medical Center for residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brandt takes.

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Clinical interests: Breast Augmentation, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Implant Removal, Breast Lift, Butt Lift, Chin ... (Read more)

Dr. George Robert Kletzker, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
14825 N Outer Forty Road; Suite 310
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. George Kletzker, who practices in Chesterfield, MO, is a medical specialist in otology and neurotology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Land of Lincoln, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Kletzker graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mercy Hospital - St. Louis, MO, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and St. Luke's Hospital.

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Dr. Jay Francis Piccirillo, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
605 Old Ballas Road; Suite 124
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Jay Piccirillo specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Piccirillo's areas of clinical interest consist of sleep apnea, snoring, and sinus problems. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and performed his residency at Albany Medical Center. He is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Nosebleeds, Dizziness, Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Laser Treatment, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan Lee McJunkin, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
1040 North Mason Road; Medical Office Building 1 Suite 123
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Jonathan McJunkin's specialty is otology and neurotology. His areas of expertise include hearing loss, dizziness, and skull base tumors. Dr. McJunkin is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Dizziness, Skull Base Tumors, Hearing Loss, Cholesteatoma, Vertigo, Otosclerosis, Acoustic Neuroma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory H Branham, BS, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1020 N Mason Road; Suite 205
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Gregory Branham works as a facial plastic surgeon, otolaryngologist, and head and neck plastic surgeon. He is especially interested in cosmetic procedures and rhinoplasty. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Branham is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Dr. Branham completed his residency training at Palmetto Health Richland and a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU).

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Cosmetic Surgery, Chemical Peels, Facial Problems, Mohs Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joel A Goebel, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
1040 N. Mason Road; Suite 123
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Joel Goebel practices otology and neurotology in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Goebel attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Goebel's clinical interests: hearing loss, dizziness, and skull base tumors. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Goebel is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He speaks German. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Dizziness, Bone Problems, Skull Base Tumors, Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss, Meniere's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Stone Schneider, MA, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1040 N. Mason Road; Suite 123
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. John Schneider is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Schneider completed his residency training at Rush University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include skull base tumors, pituitary tumor, and sinus problems. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Schneider's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Pituitary Tumor

Dr. Andrew Jeremy Drescher, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology and Neurotology
1040 N. Mason Road; Suite 123
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Andrew Drescher is a pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and otology and neurotology specialist in Saint Louis, MO, Creve Coeur, MO, and Town and Country, MO. Dr. Drescher's areas of expertise include hearing loss, thyroid problems, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Drescher's residency was performed at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis.

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Clinical interests: Nosebleeds, Facial Paralysis, Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Bone Problems, Endoscopic Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. James William Forsen Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
621 S New Ballas Road; Suite 622a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. James Forsen is a pediatric otolaryngologist. He is conversant in German. Dr. Forsen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mercy Hospital - St. Louis, MO, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and St. Luke's Hospital. He attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Washington Hospital Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and the University of Kansas Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Randal C Paniello, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Otolaryngology
1020 N. Mason Road, Suite 205; Medical Office Building 3
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Randal Paniello specializes in oncology (cancer care) and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has indicated that his clinical interests include voice disorders and head and neck cancer. Dr. Paniello's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Paniello attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. He speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Hoarseness, Laryngology, Cancer, Swallowing Problems, Head and Neck Cancer, Head and Neck Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Pohl Bradley, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1020 N. Mason Road, Suite 205; Medical Office Building 3
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Joseph Bradley works as an otolaryngologist. His areas of clinical interest consist of voice disorders and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Dr. Bradley takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is affiliated with Atlanta VA Medical Center, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, and Washington University Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Stenosis, Hoarseness, Esophagus Problems, Laser Treatment, Swallowing Problems, Voice Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stanley E Thawley, MD
Specializes in Allergy, Otolaryngology
1040 N. Mason Road; Suite 123
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Stanley Thawley, who practices in Saint Louis, MO, Creve Coeur, MO, and Farmington, MO, is a medical specialist in allergy and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Thawley's clinical interests encompass sinus problems and nosebleeds. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Thawley's medical residency was performed at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis.

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Clinical interests: Nosebleeds, Sinus Problems, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Dr. Margaret Allison Ogden, MD
Specializes in Allergy, Pediatric Otolaryngology
13001 North Outer Forty
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Margaret Ogden specializes in allergy and pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and practices in Saint Louis, MO, Creve Coeur, MO, and Town and Country, MO. In her practice, Dr. Ogden focuses on sinus problems. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Before completing her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Dr. Ogden attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Nosebleeds, Deviated Septum, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Ear Problems, Sleep Apnea, Neck ... (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.