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We found 9 head and neck surgeons near Murfreesboro, TN.

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

Dr. James Fordice is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Fordice attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Fordice include snoring. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Humana, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fordice is affiliated with TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health.

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Clinical interests: Snoring

Dr. Jeffrey Alan Paffrath, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1370 Gateway Boulevard; Suite 100
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Jeffrey Paffrath is a facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Before performing his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dr. Paffrath attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Paffrath include sleep disorders, dizziness, and thyroid problems. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Paffrath is affiliated with Watson Clinic LLP, TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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

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

Dr. Paulino Goco is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Goco include sleep disorders, thyroid problems, and ear pain. Dr. Goco's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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. He is affiliated with 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)

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1272 Garrison Drive
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Andrew Ford's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ford takes Medicare insurance. 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. Dr. Ford is 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 an ear, nose and throat specialist in Murfreesboro, TN and Smyrna, TN. He studied medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Converse's residency was performed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His clinical interests include sleep disorders, thyroid problems, and ear pain. Patient ratings for Dr. Converse average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Converse is professionally affiliated with 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)

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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). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and Sentara Bayside Hospital. After attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Coleman completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1272 Garrison Drive
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Brannon Mangus' area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is professionally affiliated with Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and Saint Thomas Health. He studied medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Mangus accepts Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
610 E Clark Boulevard
Murfreesboro, IN
 

Dr. Richard Bell, who practices in Murfreesboro, IN, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He studied medicine at 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.