We found 18 head and neck surgeons who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Silver 04/100 near Evergreen Park, IL.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
5841 S Maryland Avenue; M/c 1035
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mihir Bhayani is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. His clinical interests include thyroid problems, head and neck cancer, and parathyroid disease. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before completing his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Bhayani attended medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Parathyroid Disease, Head and Neck Cancer

Dr. Anil R Shah, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Anil Shah is a facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include eyelid surgery, restylane refyne, and restylane defyne. He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare POS, and more. Dr. Shah attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His distinctions include: Patients' Choice Award, RealSelf Top Doctor and Marquis Who's Who. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Alexius Medical Center and The University of Chicago Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Double Eyelid Surgery, Chin Implants, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Juvederm, Chemical ... (Read more)

Dr. Curtis Gregory Walsh, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
2850 W. 95th Street; Mary Potter Pavillion
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Curtis Walsh is a facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head & neck plastic surgery specialist. Dr. Walsh's areas of clinical interest consist of plastic surgery procedures and reconstructive surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and Palos Hospital. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Walsh is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Reconstructive Surgery, Plastic Surgery Procedures, Surgical Procedures

Dr. Louis G De Guzman Portugal, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Louis Portugal's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Portugal's areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), voice disorders, and thyroid surgery. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Chicago Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Surgery, Voice Disorders, Neck Problems, Parathyroid Surgery, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian Patrick Farrell, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2850 W. 95th Street; Mary Potter Pavilion
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Brian Farrell is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Farrell is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Farrell takes. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Farrell is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and Palos Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Parathyroid Surgery, Ear Surgery, Minimally Invasive Procedures

Dr. Steven Francis Soltes, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
4400 West 95th Street; Suite 304
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Steven Soltes is a specialist in facial plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head & neck plastic surgery. He works in Oak Lawn, IL. Dr. Soltes accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Voice Disorders

Dr. Sanjay Pradeep Keni, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
6600 W College Drive
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Sanjay Keni is a facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist. Dr. Keni's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Keni is professionally affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Dr. Philip Dean Kooiker, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2320 West High Street
Blue Island, IL
 

Dr. Philip Kooiker's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Kooiker attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and Palos Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Andrea Shogan's area of specialization is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Dr. Shogan's areas of clinical interest consist of sinusitis (sinus infection), ear infection, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She obtained her medical school training at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. She is professionally affiliated with The University of Chicago Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Ear Infection, Sinusitis, Swallowing Problems

Specializes in Otolaryngology
7350 W College Drive; Suite 208
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Susan Lyon is an otolaryngologist in Palos Heights, IL. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lyon is professionally affiliated with Palos Hospital. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lyon has an open panel. She studied medicine at Rush Medical College. Her residency was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Hearing Aids

Specializes in Otolaryngology
2850 W 95th Street; Suite 203
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Nirav Thakkar is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Thakkar obtained Dr. Thakkar's medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed Dr. Thakkar's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Thakkar is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Thakkar speaks Gujarati. Dr. Thakkar's hospital/clinic affiliations include Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network, Palos Hospital, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Thakkar's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
7350 W College Drive; Suite 208
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Vytenis Grybauskas is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Grybauskas is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to English, he speaks Lithuanian. He is professionally affiliated with Palos Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Darius Bliznikas, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
7110 W. 127th Street
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Darius Bliznikas is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Palos Heights, IL. He has a special interest in ear surgery, sinuplasty, and endoscopic nasal polypectomy. Dr. Bliznikas is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Kaunas University of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Bliznikas (or staff) is conversant in Lithuanian and Russian. Dr. Bliznikas is affiliated with MetroSouth Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sinuplasty, Sinus Surgery, Endoscopic Nasal Polypectomy, Ear Surgery

Dr. Silvio Marra, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2850 West 95th Street; Suite 403
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Silvio Marra is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Orland Park, IL, Evergreen Park, IL, and New Lenox, IL. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Marra has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Marra has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks German. He is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and Palos Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Jonathan Marino Sherman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
5841 S Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jonathan Sherman, who practices in Chicago, IL and Naperville, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Dr. Sherman is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is accepting new patients. He attended Mayo Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency.

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Dr. Krystyna Gal, DO
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
2701 W 68th Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Krystyna Gal is a facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Orland Park, IL, Evergreen Park, IL, and Chicago, IL. Dr. Gal attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gal is conversant in Polish. She is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Little Company of Mary 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.

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