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USC ENT professor joins CHOC at Mission staff

One of the West Coast’s leading academicians in pediatric otolaryngology-head and neck surgery has opened a full-time private practice in south Orange County. Dennis M. Crockett, M.D., formerly an associate professor at the USC Keck School of Medicine, USC University Hospital and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has joined Head and Neck Associates, in Mission Viejo.

While full-time at USC, Dr. Crockett helped train more than 90 otolaryngology-head and neck surgeons in current practice. He is particularly known for surgical excision of difficult head and neck tumors in children, working with neurosurgeons, oral surgeons and plastic surgeons. Dr. Crockett maintains a voluntary faculty position at USC, and is still involved in teaching residents.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Pediatric and adult head and neck tumors
  • Pediatric and adult head and neck cancer and thyroid/parathyroid surgery
  • Pediatric and adult airway reconstruction, including laryngeal /tracheal stenosis repair
  • Pediatric and adult sinus surgery
  • External ear (microtia) reconstruction

Head and Neck Associates of Orange has offices located in Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills and San Clemente. For more information, call (949) 364-4361 or go to www.hnaoc.com.

The “Go-To” ENTs in South Orange County.
Dennis M. Crockett and John Supance are two of the most highly qualified pediatric otolaryngologists on the West Coast. Dr. Crockett recently joined the CHOC Children’s at Mission medical staff after 21 years of academic teaching and private practice at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Supance, a former Chief of Staff at CHOC Children’s at Mission, is particularly renowned for his expertise in pediatric airway disorders.

Dennis Crockett, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.
Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship:
Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Residency/Internship/Medical Degree:
USC Keck School of Medicine

A fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Crockett has published more than 50 peer review papers and book chapters in medical literature. He was voted one of Castle-Connolly’s “America’s Top Doctors” and “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer.”

“We welcome Dr. Crockett’s academic and surgical expertise, which is unparalleled and needed in this young and growing community,” says pediatric otolaryngologist John Supance, M.D. “His experience and knowledge will serve south Orange County very well.”


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