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We found 21 head and neck surgeons who accept Affinity Health Plan near East Setauket, NY.

Dr. Richard Steven Litman, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
251 East Oakland Avenue
Port Jefferson, NY
 

Dr. Richard Litman is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He obtained his medical school training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jacobi Medical Center and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Litman's areas of expertise include acoustic neuroma, sleep apnea, and thyroid cancer. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, POMCO, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Litman's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY), Montefiore Medical Center - Moses Division Hospital, and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Dizziness, Larynx Cancer, Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Skin Cancer, Ear Problems, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Ajay Earl Chitkara, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
251 East Oakland Avenue
Port Jefferson, NY
 

Dr. Ajay Chitkara, who practices in Port Jefferson Station, NY, Port Jefferson, NY, and Patchogue, NY, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Chitkara has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests encompass throat problems, ear problems, and nose problems. He is affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY), Stony Brook University Hospital, and ENT and Allergy Associates. He accepts POMCO, HealthSmart, Viant, and more. Dr. Chitkara attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Georgetown University Hospital for residency. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Throat Problems, Ear Problems, Nose Problems

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Dr. Lauren Sari Zaretsky, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
251 East Oakland Avenue
Port Jefferson, NY
 

Dr. Lauren Zaretsky's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Zaretsky's average rating from Dr. Zaretsky's patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zaretsky's clinical interests include throat problems, ear problems, and nose problems. Dr. Zaretsky takes Amerigroup, POMCO, HealthSmart, and more. After completing medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Zaretsky performed Dr. Zaretsky's residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Zaretsky speaks Spanish. Dr. Zaretsky is professionally affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center, St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY), and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Throat Problems, Ear Problems, Nose Problems

Dr. Lee Merrick Shangold, MD
Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Otolaryngology
251 East Oakland Avenue
Port Jefferson, NY
 

Dr. Lee Shangold is a specialist in sleep medicine and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University and then he performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In Dr. Shangold's practice, he is particularly interested in throat problems, ear problems, and nose problems. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Shangold's professional affiliations include St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY), Montefiore Medical Center - Weiler Division Hospital, and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Problems, Throat Problems, Ear Problems, Nose Problems

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Dr. John Paul Sugrue, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
251 East Oakland Avenue
Port Jefferson, NY
 

Dr. John Sugrue practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Port Jefferson Station, NY, Port Jefferson, NY, and Patchogue, NY. Patient ratings for Dr. Sugrue average 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in throat problems, ear problems, and nose problems. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Sugrue completed a residency program at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Sugrue is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY), Montefiore Medical Center - Weiler Division Hospital, and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Throat Problems, Ear Problems, Nose Problems

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Dr. William Hy Sher, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
251 East Oakland Avenue
Port Jefferson, NY
 

Dr. William Sher is an otolaryngologist in Port Jefferson Station, NY, Port Jefferson, NY, and Patchogue, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Sher include throat problems, ear problems, and nose problems. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Sher takes Amerigroup, POMCO, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Dr. Sher performed his residency at Bellevue Hospital Center and Kings County Hospital Center. His professional affiliations include Montefiore Medical Center, St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY), and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Throat Problems, Ear Problems, Parathyroid Disease, Nose Problems, Neck Surgery

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Dr. Lee Phillip Smith, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
222 Middle Country Road
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Lee Smith practices pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) in New Hyde Park, NY and Smithtown, NY. Dr. Smith studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. He has received distinctions including New York Super Doctors and New York Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with North Shore University Hospital, Huntington Hospital, and Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. Dr. Smith welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Mark Jay Shikowitz, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
222 Middle Country Road
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Mark Shikowitz specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Shikowitz has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Central University of the East School of Medicine and the University of Dominica School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Shikowitz speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with North Shore University Hospital, Syosset Hospital, and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Dr. David Arthur Schessel, PhD, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
Stony Brook Technolog Park; 37 Research Way
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. David Schessel's area of specialization is otology and neurotology. Dr. Schessel's clinical interests include dizziness, otosclerosis, and ear infection. He is in-network for Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He trained at Jacobi Medical Center for residency.

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Clinical interests: Otosclerosis, Deafness, Dizziness, Ear Infection, Balance Disorders, Skull Base Surgery, Acoustic ... (Read more)

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Dr. Craig Michael Litman, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
251 E. Oakland Avenue; Suite 102
Port Jefferson, NY
 

Dr. Craig Litman is an ear, nose and throat specialist in Port Jefferson, NY and Port Jefferson Station, NY. Patient reviews placed Dr. Litman at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include acoustic neuroma, sleep apnea, and thyroid cancer. He is in-network for Amerigroup, POMCO, HealthSmart, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Litman's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His professional affiliations include St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY), Stony Brook University Hospital, and Montefiore Medical Center - Wakefield Division Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Dizziness, Larynx Cancer, Sinus Surgery, Ear Problems, Esophagus Problems, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Anna Yevdokimova, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
300 E Main Street; Suite 1
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Anna Stern's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Stern include facial problems, sleep apnea, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Stern takes POMCO, HealthSmart, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at New York Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Stern completed residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. She speaks Russian. Dr. Stern's professional affiliations include Stony Brook University Hospital and ENT and Allergy Associates.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Surgery, Tumor, Deafness, Sleep Problems, Septoplasty, Dizziness, Ear ... (Read more)

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Dr. Elliot Regenbogen, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
Stony Brook Technology Park; 37 Research Way
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Elliot Regenbogen, who practices in East Setauket, NY and Yorktown Heights, NY, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Regenbogen's medical residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include facial problems, sleep apnea, and thyroid cancer. He takes several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Regenbogen (or staff) speaks the following languages: Sign Language, Spanish, and Chinese.

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Clinical interests: Dizziness, Larynx Cancer, Sinus Surgery, Fractures, Ear Problems, Esophagus Problems, Facial ... (Read more)

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Dr. Melissa Mary Mortensen-Welch, MD
Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Otolaryngology
101 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Melissa Mortensen-Welch is an ear, nose and throat specialist. She studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She is in-network for HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Ron David Gottlieb, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
300 East Main Street; Suite 1
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Ron Gottlieb specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Smithtown, NY and Islandia, NY. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of throat problems, ear problems, and nose problems. Dr. Gottlieb's professional affiliations include Southside Hospital and ENT and Allergy Associates. POMCO, HealthSmart, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gottlieb accepts. Dr. Gottlieb has an open panel. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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Clinical interests: Throat Problems, Ear Problems, Nose Problems

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Dr. Ghassan Joseph Samara, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
Stony Brook Technology Park; 37 Research Way
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Ghassan Samara is an ear, nose and throat specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Samara average 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Samara include facial problems, sinusitis (sinus infection), and thyroid cancer. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Viant, and more. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Clinical interests: Larynx Cancer, Sinus Surgery, Skin Cancer, Ear Problems, Facial Problems, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Jeffrey Cheng, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
222 Middle Country Road
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Cheng works as a pediatric otolaryngologist. Dr. Cheng is a graduate of Brown University, Alpert Medical School. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Cheng (or staff) speaks Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. He is affiliated with Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. He welcomes new patients.

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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.