We found 4 head and neck surgeons who accept Harmony Health Plans of Illinois near Northbrook, IL.

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Kathleen Billings MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
Average rating 3.5 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL

Dr. Kathleen Billings is a specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). She works in Westchester, IL, Chicago, IL, and Northbrook, IL. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Billings takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Billings welcomes new patients. She is a graduate of Rush Medical College. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for her residency.

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Nancy Young MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
Average rating 3.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL

Dr. Nancy Young is a medical specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Before completing her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Young attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Young honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Young is professionally affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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John Maddalozzo MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
Average rating 4.72 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL

Dr. John Maddalozzo's medical specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Maddalozzo honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Maddalozzo is open to new patients.

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James W Schroeder II MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
Average rating 4.2 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL

Dr. James Schroeder practices pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Patient ratings for Dr. Schroeder average 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: tonsilitis, hearing loss, and psoriatic arthritis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Schroeder is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Schroeder's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Hearing Loss, Arthritis, Tonsilitis ... (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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