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We found 12 head and neck surgeons who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Pearland, TX.

Dr. Benjamin West Cilento, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
9223 Broadway Street; Suite 103
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Benjamin Cilento specializes in facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head & neck plastic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Cilento attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Cilento include: Research Grant for Immunology, American Heart Association; Humanitarian Travel Grant, Amercian Academy of Otolaryngology; and Potsic Furgosen Award, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Cilento is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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Dr. Cynthia Poindexter Poindexter, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
11914 Astoria Boulevard; Suite 500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Cynthia Tarver practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Houston, TX. She honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. She graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Tarver is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Dr. Karen Anne Bednarski, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
9223 Broadway Street; Suite 103
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Karen Bednarski sees patients in Webster, TX, Pearland, TX, and Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Bednarski takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Bednarski attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine for medical school. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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Dr. Kathleen Rose McDonald, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
11914 Astoria Boulevard; Suite 500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kathleen McDonald's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. McDonald is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. McDonald attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Ear Infection, Allergies, Throat Problems, Sinus Problems, Head and Neck Cancer

Dr. Ifeolumipo Obianuju Sofola, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
9223 Broadway Street; Suite 103
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Ifeolumipo Sofola's areas of specialization are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat); he sees patients in Webster, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Houston, TX. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sofola is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sofola takes. He obtained his medical school training at Emory University School of Medicine and performed his residency at National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Sofola has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
11914 Astoria Boulevard; Suite 555
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Cuong Nguyen is a physician who specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). On average, patients gave Dr. Nguyen a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen accepts. Before performing his residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and Des Moines General Hospital, Dr. Nguyen attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2950 Cullen Parkway; Suite 202
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Deborah Miller's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Miller graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
3312 Cactus Heights Lane
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Ryan Ridley is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. Dr. Ridley studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Dr. Omid Abbassi, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology and Neurotology, Otolaryngic Allergy, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
2225 County Rd 90; Suite 123
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Omid Abbassi, who practices in Pearland, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat), otology and neurotology, and otolaryngic allergy. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Abbassi takes. He obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Dr. Michael C Byrd, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngic Allergy
11914 Astoria Boulevard; #670
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Byrd is an otolaryngic allergist. Dr. Byrd honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. After completing medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
2950 Cullen Parkway; Suite 202
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Chester Strunk practices otology and neurotology in Pearland, TX and Webster, TX. Dr. Strunk is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Strunk honors.

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Dr. Angela Paige Adkins, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otolaryngic Allergy, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
2225 County Rd. 90; Suite 123
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Angela Adkins specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat), otolaryngic allergy, and head & neck plastic surgery and practices in Pearland, TX. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Adkins attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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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.