We found 8 head and neck surgeons near Murfreesboro, TN.

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Dr. Paulino Edwardo Goco, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
1370 Gateway Boulevard; Suite 100
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Paulino Goco's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patients rated Dr. Goco highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include sleep disorders, thyroid problems, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). His professional affiliations include TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health. Dr. Goco is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Ear Pain, Sleep Disorders, Sinuplasty, Migraine, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. James Owens Fordice, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1370 Gateway Boulevard; Suite 100
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. James Fordice is an ear, nose and throat specialist. He is especially interested in snoring. Dr. Fordice's hospital/clinic affiliations include TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Baylor University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Fordice accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Humana, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Snoring

Specializes in Otolaryngology
1272 Garrison Drive
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Andrew Ford is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is professionally affiliated with Saint Thomas Health. Dr. Ford's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Dr. George Marquis Converse IV, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
1370 Gateway Boulevard; Suite 100
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. George Converse's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep disorders, thyroid problems, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Converse honors. Before performing his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Converse attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Ear Pain, Sleep Disorders, Sinuplasty, Migraine, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Neck ... (Read more)

Specializes in Otolaryngology
2832 Sulphur Springs Road
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Jack Coleman is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is affiliated with Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and Sentara Bayside Hospital. Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Coleman attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1272 Garrison Drive
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Brannon Mangus practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is professionally affiliated with Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and Saint Thomas Health. Dr. Mangus is in-network for Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
610 E Clark Boulevard
Murfreesboro, IN
 

Dr. Richard Bell is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
608 E Clark Boulevard
Murfreesboro, TN
 

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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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