We found 7 head and neck surgeons who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Medigap Medicare Supplement Plans near San Carlos, CA.

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Dr. Joseph Quoc Ta, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
301 Industrial Road; Level 4
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Ta practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Ta is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ta completed a residency program at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Ta (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Ta is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Facial Problems, Snoring, Nose Problems, Salivary Gland Problems, Facial Surgery, Neck Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Devin Murphy Lonergan, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
301 Industrial Road; Level 4
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Devin Lonergan's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Lonergan attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His training includes a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Facial Problems, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Laryngology, Neck Surgery, Sinusitis, Head and Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. David Ernest Ellison, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
222 West 39th Avenue; Second Floor
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. David Ellison specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). The average patient rating for Dr. Ellison is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ellison accepts. Dr. Ellison attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Ellison has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Mills-Peninsula Division. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ellison's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Melinda S Moir, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
301 Industrial Road; Level 4
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Melinda Moir specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Moir is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Before performing her residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Moir attended Stanford University School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Joshua S Sckolnick, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
222 West 39th Avenue; Second Floor
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Joshua Sckolnick is an otolaryngologist in Burlingame, CA and San Mateo, CA. Dr. Sckolnick's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Mills-Peninsula Division. Dr. Sckolnick is open to new patients.

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Dr. Brad A Hinrichs, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
301 Industrial Road; Level 4
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Brad Hinrichs works as an otolaryngologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Hinrichs is 4.5 stars out of 5. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Hinrichs attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school.

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Dr. Brendan Hg Pierce, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
301 Industrial Road; Level 4
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Brendan Pierce's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Pierce's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Turbinate Reduction Surgery, Otoplasty, Food Allergy, Fractures, Facial Problems, Endoscopic Sinus ... (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.

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