We found 3 providers with an interest in skull base tumors and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold HMO near Houston, TX.
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Dr. Jeffrey Vrabec is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and otology and neurotology. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Vrabec include facial problems, otosclerosis, and skull base surgery. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Geisinger Medical Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), CHI St. Luke's Health, and Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Vrabec is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , Acoustic Neuroma, Meningioma
All Interests: Facial Problems, Skull Base Surgery, Ear Surgery, Meniere's Disease, Cholesteatoma, Vertigo, Head an ... (Read more)
Dr. Akash Patel is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. He has a special interest in genetic issues, acoustic neuroma, and meningioma. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with CHI St. Luke's Health. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is conversant in Gujarati.
Relevant Interests: , Acoustic Neuroma, Meningioma
All Interests: Meningioma, Acoustic Neuroma, Surgical Procedures, Genetic Issues
Dr. Vincent Virgadamo is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Virgadamo's clinical interests include myasthenia gravis, sleep apnea, and carotid endarterectomy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and CHI St. Luke's Health. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Virgadamo honors. He welcomes new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Virgadamo attended the University of Palermo Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Virgadamo (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian.
Relevant Interests: , Meningioma
All Interests: Neck Pain, Facial Problems, Myasthenia Gravis, Sleep Apnea, Aneurysm, Neuropathy, Movement Disorders ... (Read more)
otologists and neurotologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold HMO (9)?
Otologists/neurotologists are otolaryngologists, or ear nose and throat doctors, that specifically treat problems affecting the ears or balance. They may also treat tumors and nerve disorders that affect the area surrounding the structure of the ear, such as the temporal bone or base of the skull. Otologists/neurotologists have an interest in neurological ear problems, or disorders affecting the way the ear connects to the brain. These specialists offer both medical and surgical treatment, and they typically treat both adults and children.
The specialty may be referred to as otology/neurotology, otology and neurotology, otoneurology, neuro-otology, or sometimes simply as “O/N.” All of these titles refer to physicians who treat disorders that afflict balance, the ear, and the bones and nerves surrounding the ear. Examples of some of the conditions treated by otologist/neurotologists include:
- Hearing loss or tinnitus
- Infectious diseases of the ear
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Facial and cranial nerve disorders
- Tumor at the base of the skull
- Acoustic neuroma, or a tumor within the ear
- Meniere’s disease, an inner ear disorder that causes balance problems and a ringing sound
- Placement of cochlear implants
- Vestibular function disorders, which interfere with the sense of motion and balance
- Encephalocele or meningocele, where the brain bulges into the ear canal
These disorders are more than just typical hearing loss. They can severely impact quality of life, or in some cases even be life-threatening. Otologists/neurotologists are uniquely specialized doctors who work closely with related specialists such as audiologists and neurosurgeons to help patients with balance, ear, and nerve problems.
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Brain or spine tumors
- Blood clots in the brain
- Aneurysms or stroke
- Spinal cord injuries
- Carpal or cubital tunnel syndromes
- Repair of severed nerves
- Infections of the brain or spinal fluid
Otolaryngologists are also called 'ENTs' because their area of specialty is the ears, nose, and throat. Otolaryngologists treat most of the diseases and disorders that affect the head or neck. They can provide routine medical care, such as giving hearing tests or treating chronic conditions such as allergies. Otolaryngologists also perform a number of surgeries on the head and neck. Some of the illnesses and issues that otolaryngologists treat include:
- Ear problems - hearing loss, infections, tinnitus or ringing on the ears, balance disorders, trauma or fracture of the temporal bone, prominent or large ears (using 'ear pinning' plastic surgery)
- Nose issues - sinus infections, allergies, nasal polyps, smell disorders
- Throat issues - voice and swallowing problems, infections or trauma to the larynx or esophagus, sleep disorders (such as sleep apnea)
- Head and neck problems - infections, trauma, tumors, conditions requiring plastic surgery
Because they perform so many delicate surgeries of the face, otolaryngologists are often sought out as plastic surgeons when facial surgery is required. Their specialized knowledge of the anatomy of the head and face can make a real difference in the outcome of a surgery, from a brow lift to a total facial reconstruction after trauma.