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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 an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Murfreesboro, TN, Nashville, TN, and Smyrna, TN. He obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fordice include snoring. Dr. Fordice is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Humana, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Jeffrey Paffrath is a specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Paffrath's areas of expertise include sleep disorders, dizziness, and thyroid problems. He is affiliated with TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Paffrath accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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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 works as an otolaryngologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Goco is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Goco's areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, thyroid problems, and ear pain. He is professionally affiliated with TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health. Dr. Goco takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dr. Goco attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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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 practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Murfreesboro, TN. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ford is professionally affiliated with Saint Thomas Health. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ford completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University.

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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 area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Converse's areas of expertise include sleep disorders, thyroid problems, and ear pain. His hospital/clinic affiliations include TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health. He attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Converse is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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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 an ear, nose and throat specialist. He studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati for residency. Dr. Coleman is professionally affiliated with Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and Sentara Bayside Hospital.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1272 Garrison Drive
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Brannon Mangus is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Dr. Mangus honors Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and Saint Thomas Health.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
610 E Clark Boulevard
Murfreesboro, IN
 

Dr. Richard Bell practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Murfreesboro, IN. 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.