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We found 7 head and neck surgeons who accept BlueCross BlueShield of Texas 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's specialties are facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head & neck plastic surgery. He practices in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Kingwood, TX. Dr. Cilento is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. His distinctions 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, Dr. Cilento speaks Spanish. He is professionally 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's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. After attending the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, Dr. Tarver completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She 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 practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Webster, TX, Pearland, TX, and Houston, TX. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. After completing medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Dr. Bednarski performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). 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 is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Dr. McDonald studied medicine at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. Patients gave Dr. McDonald an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 is a specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Webster, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Houston, TX. His education and training includes medical school at Emory University School of Medicine and residency at National Naval Medical Center. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sofola is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Sofola is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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

Dr. Cuong Nguyen is a facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen takes. He attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Nguyen trained at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and Des Moines General Hospital.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
3312 Cactus Heights Lane
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Ryan Ridley, who practices in Sugar Land, TX, Pearland, TX, and Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Ridley is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare.

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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.