Sidney J. Starkman, M.D.

Meet Dr. Starkman

Fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon Sidney J. Starkman was born in Toronto, Canada and raised in Scottsdale, AZ. His inspiration to join the medical field came at a very early age from his grandfather, who was a pediatrician. He originally wanted to pursue a career in business management, before volunteering in a hospital during high school and becoming enthralled with the unique relationship between doctor and patient. He was then drawn to facial plastic & reconstructive surgery because of the combination of science and art. The field of facial plastic surgery allows Dr. Starkman to build a close rapport with his patients, and he values the relationship required for a patient to trust their face to a surgeon.

Dr. Starkman met his wife, Alee, while he was in medical school and she was in nursing school. They then had the opportunity to work closely together at the same hospital while she took care of his post-operative patients on the medical/surgical floor. Today, Dr. Starkman enjoys spending his time with Alee and their daughters Hadley and Claire. They enjoy hiking, traveling, cooking, and golfing. He also enjoys watching University of Arizona sports events in his downtime.

Education & Training

Dr. Starkman received his bachelor’s degree in human anatomy and physiology from the University of Arizona, where he graduated summa cum laude. Dr. Starkman gained admittance to the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, MN, which he attended on a full four-year scholarship. There, he served as a member of the medical school admissions committee and as a teaching assistant in the anatomy lab before obtaining his medical degree. Dr. Starkman then completed his surgical residency at the SUNY-Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine, specializing in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery. During his residency training, Dr. Starkman trained under Dr. David Sherris, one of the foremost rhinoplasty surgeons in the country. Before launching Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery, Dr. Starkman completed an AAFPRS fellowship under the training of the world-renowned Dr. Devinder Mangat, a past president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Specialties & Expertise

Dr. Starkman focuses his surgical procedures exclusively to cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery of the face. He specializes in advanced rhinoplasty and facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Starkman is also highly skilled in multiple nonsurgical facial treatments, including laser treatments and dermal injectables, such as BOTOX or fillers. Though these treatments are often provided in conjunction with aesthetic surgery, they are available to any eligible patient. Dr. Starkman performs most of his surgeries on-site at Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery.

Humanitarian Work

Dr. Starkman is a strong believer in supporting the community through volunteer work, public speaking, and endorsements and is quite active in international medical care programs. His first medical mission trip brought him to Xi’an China where he spent a month teaching anatomy at the Fourth Medical Military Institute. He also traveled to the Dominican Republic and Haiti in 2010 following the devastating Haitian earthquake. He served the population by providing general medical care in the Dominican Republic, as well as disaster relief in Haiti. In 2011, he then traveled to Tanzania to assist a local community hospital in general patient care and education. Additionally, he has served on 2 separate surgical mission trips to Belize where he has performed cleft lip and palate repair, reconstructive rhinoplasty, and other reconstructive procedures. In 2018, he received an American Academy of Otolaryngology Humanitarian Travel Grant in recognition of this work. Dr. Starkman is also a strong advocate for women’s rights. He is the founder and director of the nonprofit Saving Face program, which offers pro bono care to those who suffer facial injury from domestic violence.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Starkman is an active member of the multiple medical associations and societies. He believes strongly in a strong and unified network of physicians and medical providers in order to deliver the most transparent and up-to-date care to patients.

  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Mayo Alumni Society
  • American Rhinologic Society
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS)
  • Arizona Medical Association (ArMA)
  • Triologic Society

National Presentations

  1. Starkman S, Olsen S, Lewis J, Olsen K, Sabri S. Lipomatous Tumors of the Parotid Gland; a Review of 70 Cases. Poster, Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 2012

  2. Andrew Jay E, Starkman SJ, Pawlina W, Lachman N. Developing medical students as teachers: an anatomy-based student-as-teacher program with emphasis on core teaching competencies. Poster. AAA Conference, San Diego, CA, April 2012

  3. Lalich IJ, Ekbom DC, Starkman SJ, Orbelo DM, Morgenthaler TI. Vocal fold motion impairment in multiple system atrophy. Poster. COSM, Orlando, FL, April 2013

  4. Thom JJ, Moore EJ, Price DL, Kasperbauer JL, Starkman SJ, Olsen KD. The Role of Total Parotidectomy for Metastatic Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Malignant Melanoma. Oral Presentation. American Head and Neck Society International Conference, Toronto, Canada, July 2012

  5. Van Abel KM, Starkman S, O'Reilly AG, Price DL. Craniofacial Pain Secondary to Occult Head and Neck Tumors. Oral Presentation. American Academy of Otolaryngology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, September 2013

  6. Starkman SJ, Tokarz E, Zhao J, Cipolla M. Solitary Fibrous Tumor of the Oral Cavity. Poster. American Head and Neck Society Meeting, Seattle, Washington, July 2016

  7. Starkman SJ, Sherris DA. Cutaneous Landmarks of the Supratrochlear Nerve. Poster. American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery Fall Meeting, Nashville, TN, October 2016

  8. Starkman SJ, Haykal N, Faria J, Nagy M. Ultrasound-guided Needle Drainage of Pediatric Neck Lesions. Poster. American Academy of Otolaryngology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, September 2016

  9. Starkman SJ. Caudal End Transplantation. Rhinofest; The 25th Advanced International Rhinologic Dissection Course in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Rhinoplasty, Buffalo, NY, September 2017

  10. Starkman SJ, Sherris DA. Management of the Deviated Caudal End. Oral Presentation. American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, October 2017

  11. Starkman SJ, Sherris DA. Procerus and Corrugator Myectomy in Brow Lift. Oral Presentation. American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, October 2017

  12. Starkman SJ, Sherris DA. Procerus and Corrugator Myectomy in Brow Lift. Oral Presentation. 12th International Symposium of Facial Plastic Surgery, Dallas, TX, October 2018

Publications

  1. Starkman SJ, Olsen SM, Lewis JE, Olsen KD, Sabri A. Lipomatous lesions of the parotid gland: analysis of 70 cases. Laryngoscope. 2013 Mar;123(3):651-6.

  2. Andrew Jay E, Starkman SJ, Pawlina W, Lachman N. Developing medical students as teachers: an anatomy-based student-as-teacher program with an emphasis on core teaching competencies. Anat Sci Educ. 2013 Nov-Dec;6(6):385-92.

  3. Lalich IJ, Ekbom DC, Starkman SJ, Orbelo DM, Morgenthaler TI. Vocal fold motion impairment in multiple system atrophy. Laryngoscope. 2014 Mar;124(3):730-5.

  4. Van Abel KM, Starkman S, O'Reilly AG, Price DL. Craniofacial Pain Secondary to Occult Head and Neck Tumors. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Jan 31.

  5. Thom JJ, Moore EJ, Price DL, Kasperbauer JL, Starkman SJ, Olsen KD. The Role of Total Parotidectomy for Metastatic Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Malignant Melanoma. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Apr 10

  6. Starkman SJ, Williams CW, Sherris DA: Flap Basics I: Rotation and Transposition Flaps. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am 25:313, 2017.

  7. Starkman SJ, Sherris DA. Cutaneous Landmarks of the Supratrochlear Nerve. JAMA – Facial Plastic Surgery. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2017 Jul 1;19(4):337-338

  8. Starkman SJ, Williams CT, Sherris DA. Corrugator Myectomy in Endoscopic Browlift. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

  9. Starkman SJ, Mangat DS. Chemical Peels (deep, medium, light). In print

  10. Starkman SJ, Mangat DS. Chemical Peel Complications. In print

  11. Starkman SJ, Mangat DS. Less Invasive SMAS Approaches in Rhytidectomy: How, When and Why. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. In print

  12. Starkman SJ, Mangat DS. Chemical Peel (deep, medium, light). In print

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