We found 4 head and neck surgeons who accept Health Alliance HMO near Northbrook, IL.

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Dr. Nancy Melinda Young, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. Nancy Young's area of specialization is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, NorthShore University HealthSystem, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Young's medical residency was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Young is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Hearing Loss, Ear Infection, Cochlear Implant Surgery, Cochlear Implant

Dr. Kathleen R Billings, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. Kathleen Billings is a pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) specialist in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Glenbrook, IL. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Billings obtained her medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Billings is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Hearing Loss, Cholesteatoma, Craniofacial Disorders

Dr. James W Schroeder II, Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. James Schroeder is a specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Dr. Schroeder's areas of expertise include the following: tonsilitis, hearing loss, and psoriatic arthritis. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Schroeder attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Schroeder's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Hearing Loss, Arthritis, Tonsil ... (Read more)

Dr. John Maddalozzo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. John Maddalozzo is a specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). He works in Chicago, IL, New Lenox, IL, and Westchester, IL. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Maddalozzo is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Maddalozzo is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Autoimmune Disorders, Tonsillectomy, Inflammation

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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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