We found 15 head and neck surgeons near Murfreesboro, TN.

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Dr. Frank Wadsworth Virgin Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1155 Kennedy Drive; 2nd Floor
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Frank Virgin's medical specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). After completing medical school at Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Virgin performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Virgin include hearing loss and skull base disorders. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Fidelis, and more. He is affiliated with Saint Thomas Health and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Problems, Throat Problems, Sinus Problems, Nose Problems, Hearing Loss, Skull Base Disorders

Dr. Edward Benjamin Penn Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1155 Kennedy Drive; 2nd Floor
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Edward Penn's specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Thomas Health and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Penn at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Penn is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Fidelis, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Nose Problems, Throat Problems, Ear Problems

Dr. Paulino Edwardo Goco, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
1370 Gateway Boulevard; Suite 100
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Paulino Goco is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Murfreesboro, TN and Smyrna, TN. Dr. Goco's areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and ear pain. He is professionally affiliated with TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health. His education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Ear Pain, Sleep Disorders, Sinuplasty, Migraine, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. James Owens Fordice, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1370 Gateway Boulevard; Suite 100
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. James Fordice is an ear, nose and throat specialist in Murfreesboro, TN and Smyrna, TN. Dr. Fordice's clinical interests include snoring. His professional affiliations include TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, and more.

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Clinical interests: Snoring

Specializes in Otolaryngology
1272 Garrison Drive
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Andrew Ford's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). The average patient rating for Dr. Ford is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Saint Thomas Health. He takes Medicare insurance. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University.

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Dr. George Marquis Converse IV, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
1370 Gateway Boulevard; Suite 100
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. George Converse is an ear, nose and throat specialist. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Converse include thyroid problems, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and ear pain. Dr. Converse is affiliated with TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health. Dr. Converse is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Ear Pain, Sleep Disorders, Sinuplasty, Migraine, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher Todd Wootten, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1155 Kennedy Drive; 2nd Floor
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Christopher Wootten's medical specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Patient reviews placed Dr. Wootten at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Fidelis, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and a graduate of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Thomas Health and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2832 Sulphur Springs Road
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Jack Coleman's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Coleman's residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Chesapeake Regional Healthcare and Sentara Bayside Hospital.

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Dr. James David Phillips, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery
1155 Kennedy Drive; 2nd Floor
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. James Phillips is a pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist and plastic surgeon. Dr. Phillips is especially interested in cleft lip and palate and hemangioma. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Fidelis are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Phillips accepts. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Phillips completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He is affiliated with Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Clinical interests: Cleft Lip and Palate, Plastic Surgery Procedures, Nose Problems, Hemangiomas, Throat Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Otolaryngology
1272 Garrison Drive
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Brannon Mangus sees patients in Murfreesboro, TN and Nashville, TN. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Mangus studied medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and Saint Thomas Health.

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Dr. Amy Shibley Whigham, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1155 Kennedy Drive; 2nd Floor
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Amy Whigham, who practices in Nashville, TN and Murfreesboro, TN, is a medical specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Whigham is professionally affiliated with Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. She accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Fidelis, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Whigham performed her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Nose Problems, Throat Problems, Ear Problems

Dr. Jay A Werkhaven, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1155 Kennedy Drive; 2nd Floor
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Jay Werkhaven is a pediatric otolaryngologist in Nashville, TN and Murfreesboro, TN. After completing medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Dr. Werkhaven performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Fidelis, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Werkhaven is affiliated with Saint Thomas Health and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Clinical interests: Nose Problems, Throat Problems

Dr. Sivakumar Chinnadurai, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
1155 Kennedy Drive; 2nd Floor
Murfreesboro, TN
 

Dr. Sivakumar Chinnadurai's specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Patient ratings for Dr. Chinnadurai average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chinnadurai include cleft lip and palate. Dr. Chinnadurai is affiliated with Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Fidelis, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Chinnadurai attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Cleft Lip and Palate, Sleep Problems, Nose Problems, Throat Problems, Sinus Problems

Specializes in Otolaryngology
610 E Clark Boulevard
Murfreesboro, IN
 

Dr. Richard Bell, who practices in Murfreesboro, IN, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Bell is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
608 E Clark Boulevard
Murfreesboro, TN
 

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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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