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Dr. Kathleen R Billings, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Kathleen Billings works as a pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist in Westchester, IL, Chicago, IL, and Northbrook, IL. The average patient rating for Dr. Billings is 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hearing Loss, Cholesteatoma, Craniofacial Disorders

Dr. James W Schroeder II, Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. James Schroeder sees patients in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Westchester, IL. His medical specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Schroeder include tonsilitis, hearing loss, and psoriatic arthritis. Dr. Schroeder's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Before performing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Schroeder attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Schroeder's practice is open to 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
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. John Maddalozzo is a physician who specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Dr. Maddalozzo is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Maddalozzo honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Autoimmune Disorders, Tonsillectomy, Thyroid Problems, Tumor, Inflammation

Dr. Nancy M Young, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Nancy Young is a pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) specialist. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Young honors. Dr. Young attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center for residency. She has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Young's professional affiliations include Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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

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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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