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We found 46 head and neck surgeons who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Premier 101, a Multi-State Plan near Houston, TX.

Dr. Kenneth Wayne Altman, PhD, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kenneth Altman works as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Houston, TX. His areas of clinical interest consist of professional voice problems, swallowing problems (dysphagia), and chronic cough. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Altman is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Altman's residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Super Doctors and New York Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Swallowing Problems, Acid Reflux, Chronic Cough, Professional Voice Problems

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Dr. Michael Louis Eisemann, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Eisemann's specialties are plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Eisemann graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, a hospital affiliated with Yale University, and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and botulinum toxin injection. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Eisemann takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, and Houston Methodist Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Injectable ... (Read more)

Dr. Krista Lee Olson, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
One Baylor Plaza Na-102
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Krista Olson's specialties are facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head & neck plastic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Olson include sinusitis (sinus infection), blepharoplasty, and dermabrasion. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Olson takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Olson (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. Dr. Olson is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Olson's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Nose Reconstruction, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Chin Surgery, Otoplasty, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Barton Parke Jr., MBA, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
Baylor Col of Med/dept of Oto; One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Robert Parke works as an otolaryngologist. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Parke completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and salivary gland surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Parke honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Parke is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Oral Cancer, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Neck Problems, Mouth Problems, Neck Surgery, Sinusitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gilchrist Lewis Jackson, MD
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gilchrist Jackson works as a head and neck surgeon, general surgeon, and surgical oncologist. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, stomach surgery, and breast cancer. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Jackson studied medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Super Doctors; Multiple see CV; and President AOA Honor Society, University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Jackson speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Texas Oncology.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer, Stomach Surgery, Head and Neck Cancer, Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Pancreatic ... (Read more)

Dr. Julina Ongkasuwan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julina Ongkasuwan's specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Her areas of expertise include the following: dystonia, voice disorders, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Dr. Ongkasuwan is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Ongkasuwan attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ongkasuwan honors. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Ongkasuwan is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Laryngology, Swallowing Problems, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Dystonia, Voice Problems, Voice ... (Read more)

Dr. Anthony Edwin Brissett, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
Smith Tower, 17th Floor; 6550 Fannin, Suite 1701
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Anthony Brissett's areas of specialization are otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery; he sees patients in Houston, TX. Dr. Brissett's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brissett include sinusitis (sinus infection), thyroid problems, and blepharoplasty. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Brissett's practice is open to new patients. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Bronchoscopy, Skin Cancer, Facial Problems, Sleep Apnea, Skin Biopsy, Scar Removal, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nadia Gul Mohyuddin, MD, BA
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1504 Taub Loop; Ent Clinic - Floor 2
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Nadia Mohyuddin is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Houston, TX. Dr. Mohyuddin's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, salivary gland problems, and salivary gland surgery. Her professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Salivary Gland Problems, Salivary Gland Surgery, Head and Neck Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathleen Kelly Gallagher, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
6501 Fannin Street; Suite Nb317
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kathleen Gallagher is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). These areas are among Dr. Gallagher's clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Gallagher is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing Dr. Gallagher's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Gallagher attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Gallagher is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Gallagher is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer, Facial Problems, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Mohs Surgery, Sinusitis, Salivary Gland ... (Read more)

Dr. Deidre Roseanne Larrier, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Deidre Larrier is a specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Larrier include sinusitis (sinus infection), thyroid problems, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Dr. Larrier studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency training at Tufts Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bronchoscopy, Sinus Problems, Ear Problems, Sleep Apnea, Neck Problems, Tonsil Problems, Sinusitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alberto Achilles Maillard, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
6410 Fannin; Suite 1508
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alberto Maillard's specialties are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Maillard studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Areas of expertise for Dr. Maillard include sinus problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Maillard (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and French. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sinus Problems

Dr. Ellen M Friedman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
6701 Fannin Street; Suite 540
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ellen Friedman's area of specialization is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Friedman studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She trained at Georgetown University Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Friedman's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Friedman has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Shaista Athar Husain, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology and Neurotology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1315 St Joseph Parkway; Suite 1109
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Shaista Husain is a medical specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat), otology and neurotology, and head & neck plastic surgery. Dr. Husain obtained her medical school training at Khyber Medical College and performed her residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California, Long Island College Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Her areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and thyroid problems. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Husain is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Sinusitis, Salivary Gland Surgery, Head and Neck Cancer, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward P. Patrick Buchanan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
6701 Fannin Street, Clinical Care Center; 8th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Edward Buchanan works as a pediatric plastic surgeon and head and neck plastic surgeon. He graduated from Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Buchanan trained at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Buchanan's areas of expertise consist of cleft lip and palate, plastic surgery procedures, and craniofacial surgery. Dr. Buchanan takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Vascular Malformations, Craniofacial Surgery, Cleft Lip and Palate, Facial Problems, Plastic ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald Thomas Donovan, MD, DO
Specializes in Otolaryngology
One Baylor Plaza, Suite Na102; Department of Otolaryngology
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Donald Donovan practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patients rated Dr. Donovan highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and esophageal surgery. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Donovan attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Donovan welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Stenosis, Oral Cancer, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Laryngology, Trachea Problems, Neck Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Thomas Vrabec, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
6501 Fannin; Suite Na 102
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Vrabec's area of specialization is otology and neurotology. These areas are among Dr. Vrabec's clinical interests: facial problems, otosclerosis, and skull base surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Vrabec is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Vrabec completed residency programs at Geisinger Medical Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Vrabec's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Bone Problems, Ear Problems, Facial Problems, Skull Base Surgery, Laser Treatment, Hearing Aids, ... (Read more)

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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.