Dr. Daren G. Kest, DO

Dr. Daren G. Kest, DO


Sleep Medicine Otolaryngology | Male | 51 years old

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I believe in caring for the patient from start to finish. Seeing them through their condition. Always keeping an open dialogue making them feel comfortable questioning and understanding the decisions being made in guiding their care.Read more

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I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, 1 of 4 boys and 1 sister. My father was an...Read more

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in Brighton, IL |
My husband was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. He was referred to Dr. Kest by out FNP. Dr. Kest thoroughly explain the surgery. He spent time making sure we understood everything. My husband's surgery was much more complicated than expected, because their were tiny hair like veins wrapped around his thyroid. As a result, the surgery went longer than anticipated. Dr. Kest sent his nurse to the waiting room to chat with us, to explain what was going on. He didn't leave us hanging.
in Alton, IL |
Wonderful Dr. and a very caring and kind man. Thoroughly explained my cancer and answered all my questions. Operated on my throat cancer with a robot and did an excellent job, saved my life. I can't say enough good things about him.
in Ballwin, MO |
I had an appointment with Dr. Kest today, and he was so great. Not only was he right on time, but he really took the time to address the issues I was having, and explained everything well. I couldn't have asked for a better experience!
in Godfrey, IL |
I chose Dr Kest over my primary care physicians referral and I am so happy I did. Another doctor found a lump in my throat and that can be very unsettling. Dr Kest was so reassuring, gave me a great explanation of my condition and I was able to get in to see him 3 days after my biopsy. He was right on which made the wait so much easier to get through... along with prayer of course. Love that he walked in announcing no cancer!
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Dr. Kest says...

I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, 1 of 4 boys and 1 sister.  My father was an oral surgeon and my mother was in the scrap metal business. The majority of my training was in Detroit and I finished up my training in Indianapolis under the renowned surgeon, Dr. Ronald Hamaker.  I met my wife in Indianapolis. She was a medical administrator within the fellowship program that I attended in head and neck surgery and microvascular reconstruction. We have two children,  an older daughter and a son we adopted from Guatemala. I currently practice the greater St. Louis area employed with the BJC medical group. 

Dr. Kest's Care Philosophy

I believe in caring for the patient from start to finish. Seeing them through their condition. Always keeping an open dialogue making them feel comfortable questioning and understanding the decisions being made in guiding their care.

Dr. Kest says...

1. Benign and malignant tumors of the ear nose and throat. 

2. Surgical correction of the airway in OSAS

3. Surgical treatment of thyroid cancers and goiterous nodules

4. Medical and surgical  treatment of diseases of sinuses and nasal cavities

4. Cosmetic enhancement of the face, nose and neck

5. Surgical treatment of skin cancers of the face, ears, nose, neck and scalp

6. Pediatric ear, nose and throats conditions

7. Swallowing disorders

8. Treatment of hoarseness and voice disorders

9. Robotic surgery for malignant and benign disorders of the upper aerodigestive tract

10. Reconstruction and restorative surgery of the ear, nose and throat 

Dr. Kest's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Sleep Medicine Otolaryngology
  •  Board certified in Head & Neck Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Missouri not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Head & Neck Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Laryngitis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • All Lymphoma
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergies
  • Anemia
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Broken Nose
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Laryngitis
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Cough
  • Deafness
  • Deformities of Auricle or Pinna
  • Deviated Septum
  • Dysphagia
  • ENT Cancer
  • Ear Cancer
  • Ear Disorders
  • Ear Infection
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Facial Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gum Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngeal Paralysis
  • Laryngitis
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Malignant Bone Cancer of the Skull, Face, and Jaw
  • Malignant Tumor of the Head and-or Neck
  • Nasal Cavity Cancer
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyp
  • Neck Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Nose Cancer
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer
  • Otitis Media
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Pharyngeal Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Diseases
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Sinus Disorders
  • Sinusitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Skin Cancer
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Snoring
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma of Head, Face, and Neck
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Throat Cancer (Hypopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
  • Throat Pain
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tinnitus
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tongue-Tie
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tonsillitis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vocal Cord Carcinoma
  • Vocal Cord Nodule
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp


  • Medical School
    Michigan State University College Of Osteopathic Med

    Graduated in 1994

  • Internship Hospital
    Oakland General Hospital

    Completed in 1995

  • Residency Hospital
    Michigan State University

    Completed in 2000

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Indiana University / School of Medicine

    Completed in 2001

  • Undergraduate School
    Oakland University

    Graduated in 1990

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Sleep Medicine Otolaryngology
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Head & Neck Surgical Oncology
  • Rhinology
  • Sleep Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Coblation Tonsillectomy
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Excision of Neck Mass
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Dentoalveolar Lesion or Tumor
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Glossectomy
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngectomy and Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Melanoma Removal
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Skin Cancer Removal
  • Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances
  • Sleep Apnea Surgery
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Uvulectomy
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Wound Repair