Dr. James Sidman

Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Minneapolis, MN
42 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

276 Answers
234 Agrees
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Depends on a lot: If there is nothing in the family history, then there is about a 4% risk of children having this. However, this might vary depending on a lot of thin... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
It depends on a lot.: Cleft lip and palate can be as high as 50% (one in two children) for people with certain genetic make up, or much lower. Caucasians have about a 1 in... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Sunblock: Sunblock spf 30-40 for 6 mos after the wound. Silicone tap/gel probably helps, but is not a good idea in young children as they will ingest it! othe... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Usually nothing: Tracheomalacia is a problem that children usually outgrow. Unless they have had a repaired t-e fistula, or vascular ring, it rarely causes problems. ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 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
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A female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 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
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Potentially serious.: You should have this checked out today, in the emergency room. This could be very serious!
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 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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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Lots of things: Many problems can cause facial paralysis. It can be congenital, from a tick bite, ear infection, tumor in the face or skull, brain tumor, stroke, mul... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Consider MRSA: Mrsa (methicillin resistant staph aureus) is a common cause of multiple small abscesses. Viruses can do something similar. You should get these cult... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
See your doctor: Could be a sinus infection, or something even more serious.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
A few possibilities: There are a number of ways to speak after a trach. If the trach tube is not filling the entire airway, then the person can put their finger on the op... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 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
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Complicated.: Depends on what you mean by "nasally". Hyponasal means you sound like your nose is blocked and you have a cold. This is normal periodically. Hypern... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
No.: Radiology studies do not help. All you see is inflammation/pus. An experienced surgeon will have to find and excise the entire tract and cyst or it ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 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
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Speech, not voice. : Cleft palate, even repaired, can cause speech issues. The most common is too much air coming through the nose during speaking. This can usually be fi... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Time, and others.: Time is often the best way to get rid of scars, as most will fade eventually. Lasers, surgical excision or rearrangement, steroid injections, etc are... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
It depends: Sphenoid sinus disease that causes symptoms such as headaches should be operated on if it does not respond to antibiotics. If there are no symptoms,... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Yes, sometimes.: Yes, dental, speech, appearance, sinus, and psychosocial issues can all appear or persist into adulthood. Many cleft teams will see adults, or the in... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Aspiration?: Watch for choking episodes, or recurrent pneumonia, or shortness of breath. These symptoms would require help from a pediatric ENT doctor.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Tracheal stenosis: Tracheal stenosis is narrowing of the trachea.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
It depends: Many never need treatment. If is in a place that interferes with function (eye, mouth, etc) or it is getting bigger on the face, or bleeding, then th... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Experienced surgeon: Although doing surgery before birth, in the uterus, will prevent scarring, it is way too risky. The risk of causing death to the baby, or even the mo... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Many possibilities: Neck masses in children are common, and much less likely to be cancer than in adults. Infectious causes are common. If it is persistent for more tha... Read More
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A 83-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Not from the trachea: The trachea is the breathing passage. The pharynx and upper esophagus (swallowing tube) are the source of dysphagia and vomiting. You can't vomit fr... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Yes, if it is a serious injury. If it is high, then voice changes would also be noticeable. If no breathing or voice problems, then nothing to worry... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Surgery/medication: Either surgery or sclerosing agents that cause scarring of the inside of the lymphangioma cysts.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Probably nothing.: It generally has no impact on speech or swallowing. It is a non-issue that some people make a big deal about for no good reason.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Two reasons: In a tension pneumothorax, the pressure from the trapped air on one side forces the trachea and remaining lung over to one side. In just a regular pn... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Surgery/laser: Surgery or laser for an adult. Medication is not likely to work.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 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.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 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
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 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
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 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
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 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
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Teens: The outer and inner parts of the nose stop growing by later teen years.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Yes, but not likely: Brain tumors near the brainstem can cause facial paralysis but that is not a common cause of facial paralysis. This would almost always show up on an... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 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
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Lip by 3 months.: Lip repair is usually done by 3 months old, and palate repair by 10 months before speech begins. The age of lip repair is not critical, and most surg... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
No evidence of that: There is no scientific evidence of milk intake causing ear infections. This is a longstanding tale without any data. People do get better sometimes ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Sometimes: Sometimes infants with laryngomalacia aspirate and so develop an oral aversion. This goes away when the aspiration resolves.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Speech, not voice.: Adenoidectomy can change speech, but not voice usually. Speech can become hypernasal (too much air coming through the nose) for a variety of reasons.... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
A few possibilities: There are a few possible malignancies found in a child's neck. The most common would be lymphoma, but rhabdomyosarcoma, thyroid cancer, and other unu... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Uncommon: Tracheomalacia is collapse of the trachea (the windpipe) and is often confused with laryngomalacia which is collapse of the voicebox (which is above t... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Yes, it is something a person is born with, but may not grow and appear for many years.
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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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