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Dr. James Sidman

Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Minneapolis, MN
40 years experience male

Locations

Office

Minneapolis, MN

Address

2530 Chicago Ave S, Children's Specialty Ctr, #450, Minneapolis, MN
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

About

Bio

Dr. Sidman started Pediatric ENT Associates in 2001 after practicing in the Twin Cities for 8 years. In 2012, Pediatric ENT Associates merged with Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. He is now the Director of Children's ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery for Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. His areas of special interest in pediatric otolaryngology are cleft lip and palate, airway reconstruction, and the treatment of facial paralysis. Dr. Sidman graduated from Vassar College. He spent two years in the Peace Corps in Micronesia and then went to Dartmouth Medical School. He served in the National Health Service Corps as a general practitioner in rural Maine for two years. He then completed his Otolaryngology training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After residency, he was on the full time faculty at the University of Connecticut and was the acting Chief of Otolaryngology there for one year. He has served on numerous committees for the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Society, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, and has been an oral board examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology. In addition, he has been a visiting professor at numerous medical schools. He has published numerous articles in addition to local and national presentations, and is the director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital. He is a Professor in Otolaryngology and in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota.

Specialties
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Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

363 Answers
318 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No need to panic: Where is it? If it is on the skin, then the chances are high that it will go away over a few years. There is good medication to make it go away very... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Older term: Hare lip is the same as cleft lip. All rabbits (hares) have cleft lips and this is normal for them. This is where the term comes from. Many people ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Ignore: Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea. That can be serious. Talk to your doctor.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Almost always: Septal perforations almost always get worse over time, and can eventually result in a "saddle nose" were the outside of the nose, the ridge, collapses... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
A few possibilities: This could be caused by a few things. We used to think this was caused by anxiety, but now understand that it is frequently a symptom of acid reflux ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Salt water to nose: Salt water irrigations to the nose can really help clear up sinus infections without the use of antibiotics in many cases.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Spray is fine: The nasal spray is fine to use with an antihistamine. No problem.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes, but....: Cleft palate is a genetic disorder, but not always inherited. That may be a little confusing. We can only figure out the gene involved in about 30% ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Up to 6 weeks: The palate can be a bit stiff after a tonsillectomy and make the voice sound weird. This should be gone by 6 weeks after surgery. If it is not, go s... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Ignore: 1. Lose weight if you are overweight 2. Consider sleep study if too sleepy during the day.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
A few options: A septal perforation causes crusting and bleeding. Saline irrigations and mineral oil drops will help with the symptoms. Your ENT doctor can help yo... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Not really stones: This will probably gross you out, but tonsil stones are not stones. They are clumps of broken down bacteria that get trapped in the crypts and cavern... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Ask rheumatologist: This could be a nodule related to the JRA. There are other possibilities also. See your rheumatologist and ask if it needs to be removed.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No need to fix: A narrow palate usually doesn't have to be fixed unless it causes a problem with the bite (the way the teeth come together). If there is a malocclusi... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Not usually: Although the virus that causes tracheitis can be contagious, and cause upper respiratory infections, it is unlikely to cause tracheitis in other infec... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Non surgical: Tracheomalacia is rarely serious enough to need surgery. The best treatments are pulmonary medications like asthma medications. If necessary, nightt... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
It is ok: It is ok to take Amoxicillin and tylenol (acetaminophen) in normal doses.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Infection: You sound like you have an infection, possibly bacterial or viral, or both. The shortness of breath is the worrisome thing in your description. You ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Cleft lip and palate is often hereditary, but can also appear for the first time in a family. About 40% of the time the cause of the cleft can be fig... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Endoscopy: Your doctor should help you figure out if this might mean tracheal stenosis. If so, the best test is a bronchoscopy.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Ancient diagnosis: No one is credited for discovering cleft lip and palate. There are paintings and sculptures from pre-historic times that show people with cleft lip a... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Obesity: Obesity is the most common cause of persistent sleep apnea after tonsil and adenoid surgery in children.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Telescope to look in: An endoscope is a rigid or flexible telescope made for looking inside the body. It can go in through natural openings (lke the mouth or nose), or can... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No: A palatal expander helps get the child with a cleft palate ready for bone grafting to repair the hole in the gum line. The expander is used to align ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No: Cleft lip is not painful. It is normal for that baby! sometimes the lip edges get a bit dried out, and the gums also, but this doesn't cause pain.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Usually very soon: Facial nerve paresis or paralysis from an ear infection almost always recovers completely. You should see an ENT doctor and follow up with that perso... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Intervention: If the hemangioma is getting close to interfering with vision, then she will need intervention. This might be medication (propranolol), laser, or sur... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Lip-6-10 weeks: Cleft lip repair is usually done at 6-10 weeks old, and palate repair around 10-11 months old. No need to wait longer than that in most cases, althou... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
It is a cancer: Rhabdomyosarcoma is a cancer most commonly seen in children. It appears most commonly in the head and neck, but can occur in other parts of the body ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
ENT doctor: Ear, nose and throat doctors, also known as otolaryngologists or head and neck surgeons.Ent.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Remove red birthmark: This refers to surgical excision of a special type of birthmark. It can be done by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, ENT surgeons, general surgeons, ... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Teens: The outer and inner parts of the nose stop growing by later teen years.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: If it is causing problem, then see a pediatric ENT doctor. Most of the time we can reconstruct an airway without doing a tracheotomy, but not always... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes.: The trach tube with it's ties around the neck can keep the voicebox from bobbing up and down during swallowing and make it difficult to swallow normal... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No. : Completely different problems. Aneurysm is a dilation of a blood vessel. Hemangioma is a benign tumor made up of tiny blood vessels.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Speech therapy: Speech therapy, or sometimes psychotherapy is the most effective way to treat vocal cord dysfunction. Biofeedback can be used effectively also.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Not usually: It would be very uncommon to die during a tracheotomy except for during an emergency tracheotomy because a person's airway is suddenly obstructed. Sc... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes, in infants.: Flat back of the head is called plagiocephaly. The most common cause by far is babies laying on their backs. "back to sleep" is the right thing to d... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Speech pathologist: Have a speech pathologist who cares for children evaluate your child and help develop a plan to help. Your local school should have someone who can do... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Part of anesthesia: The anesthesia for intubation will often include a paralytic agent, but it either wears off or can be reversed by the time the person is ready to wake... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Party favors: Most kids don't learn how to blow their nose till 6-7 yrs old. One way to teach them is to buy party favors that unwind when you blow into them. Hav... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Not by waiting: After about 1 year, there is not much chance of further recovery of facial function. If it looks like the symmetry is improving, that is probably fro... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Potentially serious.: You should have this checked out today, in the emergency room. This could be very serious!
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Likely yeast : It is common for trach stomas to get a yeast infection around them, which can cause intense itching. See your doctor as this is very easily treated w... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Speech pathologist: Have a speech pathologist who cares for children evaluate your child and help develop a plan to help. Your local school should have someone who can do... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
It is ok: These hard white "pebbles" are breakdown of bacteria trapped in the tonsils, and are called "tonsilliths". They are not worrisome. You can use a wat... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
A few possibilities: Cleft palate can lead to different problems in different people. Some have ear and hearing problems, tooth development and position, speech issues, e... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Consider treatment: I cannot agree with the other doctors here. This is a very noticeable area of the face, and draws a lot of attention. 60-75% will go away after 5-8 ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Nothing: You did nothing wrong. Probably the only thing that is known to occasionally cause hemangiomas is chorionic villous sampling during pregnancy, but th... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Tough question: Facial paralysis is not likely due to leukemia, but more likely due to the chemotherapy, or possibly radiation if that was used. You should see an EN... Read More

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Apr 10, 2015
Dr James Sidman is an excellent physician, very knowledgeable,passionate, and on the top of his field. He is a great value to the people of MN, and to the family of health tap
Dr. Sidman is an excellent surgeon and world-leader in pediatric facial plastic surgery.
Dr. Sidman is a tremendous Pediatric ENT. I cannot recommend him more highly!
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Thanks. I know exactly what it is. I have read my surgeon's chapter on the procedure. For us it's more about the recovery trauma for my daughter right now and how small she is- although BIG compared t...Read More
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Thanks. She is now in her first pedi trach- up from a Neo. Same diameter. She has used PMV without desat for years before trach change. We are following up. (she's 6, small for age, but trach is aok p...Read More
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Thanks for your quick reply! Had cystectomy from sinus, few days smell of rotten meat..antibiotic. .grafted with gentomycimn impregnated material. .allergy, new fix fail

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Dartmouth Medical School, NH
Graduated 1981MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA HOSPITAL

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Minneapolis, MN - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Minneapolis, MN - Winter
2013
Top Otolaryngologist, First Place, Minnesota - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
University of Minnesota Medical School
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