We found 15 head and neck surgeons near Murfreesboro, TN.

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Dr. Frank Wadsworth Virgin Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1155 Kennedy Drive; 2nd Floor
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Frank Virgin is a pediatric otolaryngologist. He is rated highly by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Virgin focuses on hearing loss. Dr. Virgin takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Fidelis. His education and training includes medical school at Medical College of Georgia and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Thomas Health, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Problems, Throat Problems, Sinus Problems, Surgical Procedures, Nose Problems, Hearing Loss, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Benjamin Penn Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1155 Kennedy Drive; 2nd Floor
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Edward Penn works as a pediatric otolaryngologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Penn is 5.0 stars out of 5. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Thomas Health, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Fidelis are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Penn takes. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for residency.

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Clinical interests: Nose Problems, Throat Problems, Ear Problems

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

Dr. Paulino Goco specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Murfreesboro, TN and Smyrna, TN. Dr. Goco's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and ear pain. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for residency. Dr. Goco's hospital/clinic 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)

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

Dr. James Fordice works as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Murfreesboro, TN and Smyrna, TN. In his practice, he is particularly interested in snoring. Dr. Fordice is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Humana, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Fordice's professional affiliations include TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health.

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Clinical interests: Snoring

Specializes in Otolaryngology
1272 Garrison Drive
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Andrew Ford is a Murfreesboro, TN physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University, Dr. Ford attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Patients gave Dr. Ford an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Thomas Health.

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

Dr. George Converse is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Converse include thyroid problems, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and ear pain. His hospital/clinic affiliations include TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health. Dr. Converse attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Converse an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Converse accepts.

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

Dr. Christopher Todd Wootten, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1155 Kennedy Drive; 2nd Floor
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Christopher Wootten works as a pediatric otolaryngologist in Nashville, TN and Murfreesboro, TN. Dr. Wootten is affiliated with Saint Thomas Health, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Before completing his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Wootten attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Fidelis, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2832 Sulphur Springs Road
Murfreesboro, TN
 

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

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Dr. James David Phillips, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery
1155 Kennedy Drive; 2nd Floor
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. James Phillips specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and plastic surgery. His clinical interests encompass cleft lip and palate and hemangioma. Dr. Phillips is professionally affiliated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Phillips trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama for residency. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Fidelis.

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Clinical interests: Cleft Lip and Palate, Plastic Surgery Procedures, Nose Problems, Hemangiomas, Throat Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Otolaryngology
1272 Garrison Drive
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Brannon Mangus practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Murfreesboro, TN and Nashville, TN. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Mangus is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and Saint Thomas Health.

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Dr. Amy Shibley Whigham, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1155 Kennedy Drive; 2nd Floor
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Amy Whigham is a pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) specialist. Dr. Whigham has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. She takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Fidelis. She attended Emory University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for residency.

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Clinical interests: Nose Problems, Throat Problems, Ear Problems

Dr. Jay A Werkhaven, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1155 Kennedy Drive; 2nd Floor
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Jay Werkhaven is a specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). He is affiliated with Saint Thomas Health, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. He graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. On average, patients gave Dr. Werkhaven a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Fidelis, and more.

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Clinical interests: Nose Problems, Throat Problems

Dr. Sivakumar Chinnadurai, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1155 Kennedy Drive; 2nd Floor
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Sivakumar Chinnadurai works as a pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist. Patients rated Dr. Chinnadurai highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chinnadurai include cleft lip and palate. He is professionally affiliated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Dr. Chinnadurai honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Fidelis, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He trained at Mayo Clinic for his residency.

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Clinical interests: Cleft Lip and Palate, Surgical Procedures, Sleep Problems, Nose Problems, Throat Problems, Sinus ... (Read more)

Specializes in Otolaryngology
610 E Clark Boulevard
Murfreesboro, IN
 

Dr. Richard Bell works as an otolaryngologist. Dr. Bell 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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