We found 8 head and neck surgeons who accept Humana Platinum HMO near Lees Summit, MO.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
3340 Ne Ralph Powell Road; Suite B
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Colleen Johnson is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She is affiliated with Shawnee Mission Health. Before performing her residency at San Antonio Military Medical Center, Dr. Johnson attended Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Johnson is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Blake Lew Anderson, PhD, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3340 Ne Ralph Powell Road
Blue Springs, MO
 

Dr. Blake Anderson's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Dr. Anderson is professionally affiliated with Mosaic Life Care.

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Dr. Mark Owen Covington, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Lee's Summit Medical Center Suite 110
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Mark Covington is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Lees Summit, MO and Lexington, MO. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, First Health, and Humana HMO. Dr. Covington attended the University of Utah School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Dr. Kelvin L Walls, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Lee's Summit Medical Center Suite 110
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Kelvin Walls is an ear, nose and throat specialist. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Walls is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Walls attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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Dr. Douglas Howard Cowan, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Lee's Summit Medical Center Suite 110
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Douglas Cowan specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Lees Summit, MO. Dr. Cowan is professionally affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Lee's Summit Medical Center. Before completing his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Cowan attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Lee's Summit Medical Center Suite 110
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Daniel Sleve's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He accepts United Healthcare Plans, Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and more. After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Sleve performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Dr. Festus J Krebs III, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
296 Ne Tudor Road
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Festus Krebs practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Lees Summit, MO. Dr. Krebs has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His professional affiliations include Lee's Summit Medical Center and Carondelet Health. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Krebs honors. He obtained his medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU).

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Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
296 Ne Tudor Road
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Gary Shaw is a medical specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His average rating from his patients is 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shaw is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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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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