We found 12 head and neck surgeons who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Arlington Heights, IL.

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Dr. Allan A Ho, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
880 W Central Road; Suite 7200
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Allan Ho specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Ho include allergy testing. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Dr. Ho completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Ho is professionally affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Allergy Testing

Dr. Andrew James Lerrick, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1400 East Golf Road; Suite 121
Des Plaines, IL
 

Dr. Andrew Lerrick is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Des Plaines, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. Patients gave Dr. Lerrick an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, minor surgery, and snoring. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lerrick takes. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University. In addition to English, he speaks French.

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Clinical interests: Hearing Test, Sinus Surgery, Ear Problems, Minor Surgery, Snoring, Surgical Procedures, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Mir Jafer Ali Joffrey, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1321 Tower Road; Unit A
Schaumburg, IL
 

Dr. Mir Joffrey specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: chin implants, eyelid surgery, and revision rhinoplasty. Dr. Joffrey is affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Joffrey accepts. Dr. Joffrey obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan.

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Clinical interests: Lip Implants, Double Eyelid Surgery, Chin Implants, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Chin Surgery, Brow ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert L Deitch, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
1000 Grand Canyon Parkway; Suite 301
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Robert Deitch is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). These areas are among his clinical interests: hearing aids, facial surgery, and sinuplasty. Dr. Deitch's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Rush Medical College and residency at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Deitch takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Restylane, Hearing Aids, Facial Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lon J Petchenik, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Other, Otolaryngology
880 W Central Road; Suite 7200
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Lon Petchenik is a specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Petchenik's areas of expertise include the following: chin surgery, cauterizations, and nasal endoscopy. He is affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his professional training, Dr. Petchenik completed a residency program at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. Patients rated Dr. Petchenik highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: US News Top Doctor.

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Clinical interests: Hearing Test, Nasal Endoscopy, Chin Surgery, Sinus Surgery, Laryngoscopy, Allergy Testing, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marci Jill Neidich, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
880 W Central Road; Suite 7200
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Marci Pugnale is a pediatric otolaryngologist. Dr. Pugnale's areas of expertise consist of cauterizations, nasal endoscopy, and biopsy. She is affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center. Her education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. She takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Clinical interests: Nasal Endoscopy, Allergy Testing, Cauterizations, Biopsy, Flexible Laryngoscopy

Dr. Bruce Glenn Grossman, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
1000 Grand Canyon Parkway; Suite 301
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Bruce Grossman is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Grossman include hearing aids, facial surgery, and sinuplasty. Patients gave Dr. Grossman an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Grossman's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Restylane, Hearing Aids, Facial Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Maria Latev Wittkopf, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Other
880 W Central Road; Suite 7200
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Maria Wittkopf's medical specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). She graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Wittkopf has a special interest in allergy testing. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wittkopf accepts. She is professionally affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Allergy Testing

Dr. Glenn J Schwartz, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
880 W Central Road; Suite 7200
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Glenn Schwartz practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include cauterizations, biopsy, and laryngoscopy. Dr. Schwartz is professionally affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center. Dr. Schwartz accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Clinical interests: Laryngoscopy, Allergy Testing, Cauterizations, Biopsy

Dr. Lawrence O Martin, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1430 N. Arlington Heights Road; Suite 214
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Lawrence Martin is a physician who specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Martin's areas of expertise include the following: facial problems, blepharoplasty, and revision rhinoplasty. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, Dr. Martin attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He is professionally affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Chin Surgery, Otoplasty, Skin Cancer, Brow Lift, Facial Problems, Revision Rhinoplasty, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. George Smyrniotis, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
880 W Central Road; Suite 7200
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. George Smyrniotis' specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, nasal endoscopy, and hearing test. Dr. Smyrniotis is rated highly by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is professionally affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Hearing Test, Nasal Endoscopy, Chin Surgery, Brow Lift, Laryngoscopy, Revision Rhinoplasty, Ear ... (Read more)

Dr. Kirk R Clark, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
880 W Central Road; Suite 7200
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Kirk Clark's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Clark obtained his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His areas of expertise include the following: nose cauterization, biopsy, and allergy testing. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Allergy Testing, Nose Cauterization, Biopsy

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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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