We found 7 head and neck surgeons who accept Anthem Blue Cross of California near Poway, CA.

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Dr. Ronald Mathiasen MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
average rating 3.51 stars (5 ratings)
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Mathiasen's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patients gave Dr. Mathiasen an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: skull base surgery, salivary gland surgery, and acoustic neuroma. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, Dr. Mathiasen attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sharp Memorial Hospital and Sharp Rees-Stealy. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Mathiasen's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Surgery, Sleep Disorders, Sinuplasty, Sinus Problems, Reconstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. James Kieran Amsberry M.D.
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. James Amsberry's medical specialty is plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His clinical interests include cancer surgery, salivary gland surgery, and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with Sharp Memorial Hospital and Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Amsberry takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Amsberry is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Oral Roberts University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University and a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

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Clinical interests: Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Surgery, Sleep Disorders, Sinuplasty, Breast Reduction, ... (Read more)

Michael Arthur Keefe M.D.
Specializes in Otolaryngology
average rating 5 stars (12 ratings)
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Michael Keefe's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include skull base surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and salivary gland surgery. Dr. Keefe is professionally affiliated with Sharp Memorial Hospital and Sharp Rees-Stealy. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Keefe has an open panel. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He trained at National Naval Medical Center for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Surgery, Sinuplasty, Sinus ... (Read more)

Michael Ray Holtel M.D.
Specializes in Otolaryngology
average rating 5 stars (5 ratings)
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Michael Holtel is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Holtel is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Holtel include skull base surgery, salivary gland surgery, and sleep apnea. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Naval Hospital Oakland, Dr. Holtel attended medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Holtel is professionally affiliated with Sharp Memorial Hospital and Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Holtel welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Surgery, Sleep Disorders, Sinuplasty, Sinus Problems, Reconstructive ... (Read more)

Specializes in Otolaryngology
average rating 4.5 stars (8 ratings)
12630 Monte Vista Road; Suite 206
Poway, CA
 

Dr. Ashish Wadhwa specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Patients gave Dr. Wadhwa an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
average rating 4.55 stars (17 ratings)
15525 Pomerado Road; Suite E1
Poway, CA
 

Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Poway, CA. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fitzgerald is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
15525 Pomerado Road; Suite E1
Poway, CA
 

Dr. Alison Learn, who practices in Poway, CA, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Learn is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine.

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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.

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