Dr. Joel A. Ernster MD ENT-Otolaryngologist

Dr. Joel Ernster is an ENT-otolaryngologist in Colorado Springs, Colorado and is affiliated with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. He received his medical degree from University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and has been in practice for 33 years. Dr. Ernster accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. He is one of 5 doctors at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services who specialize in Otolaryngology.

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Specialty & Clinical Interests

ENT-Otolaryngologist: General Otolaryngology/ENT, Head & Neck Oncologic Surgery, Laryngology & Voice Disorders

Clinical Interests: head and neck malignancies; voice and swallowing, melanoma, tracheal stenosis

Education & Medical Training

Exempla St Joseph Hospital
Residency, General Surgery, 1981 - 1983

University of Colorado
Residency, Otolaryngology, 1982 - 1986

Exempla St Joseph Hospital
Internship, General Surgery Preliminary Year, 1981 - 1982

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Class of 1981

University of Oklahoma School of Public Health
Other Training, Epidemiology/Biostatistics, 1976 - 1977

Certifications & Licensure

American Board of Family Medicine
Certified 25 years in Family Medicine

WI State Medical License
Active through 2013

Awards, Honors & Recognition

Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
2011

Heart/Stroke Recognition Program, National Committee for Quality Assurance
2011

Heart/Stroke Recognition Program, National Committee for Quality Assurance
2012

Heart/Stroke Recognition Program, National Committee for Quality Assurance
2013

Heart/Stroke Recognition Program, National Committee for Quality Assurance
2014

Physician Practice Connections Recognition Program, National Committee for Quality Assurance
2010

Physician Practice Connections Recognition Program, National Committee for Quality Assurance
2011

Physician Practice Connections Recognition Program, National Committee for Quality Assurance
2012

Physician Practice Connections Recognition Program, National Committee for Quality Assurance
2013

Diabetes Recognition Program, National Committee for Quality Assurance
2010

Diabetes Recognition Program, National Committee for Quality Assurance
2011

Diabetes Recognition Program, National Committee for Quality Assurance
2012

Diabetes Recognition Program, National Committee for Quality Assurance
2013

Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Program, National Committee for Quality Assurance
2010

Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Program, National Committee for Quality Assurance
2011

Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Program, National Committee for Quality Assurance
2012

Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Program, National Committee for Quality Assurance
2013

Patent #6250315 B1, Suction electrocautery tip cleaner
2000

Patent #5968042, Suction electrocautery tip modification
1999

Publications & Presentations

Human Papilloma Virus Infections Involving the Head Neck.

Management of Nonneoplastic Mass Lesions of the Sella Turcica and Sphenoid Sinus.

Management of Head and Neck Malignancies.

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Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS Georgia Blue Choice HMO
  • BCBS Georgia Blue Open Access POS
  • BCBS Georgia BlueChoice Option POS
  • CIGNA HMO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • CIGNA PPO
  • First Health PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • Tufts Health Plan PPO
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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