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Meet Dr. Starkman

Dr. Sidney J. Starkman is a distinguished Facial Plastic Surgeon in Scottsdale, AZ. He is driven by a rare combination of compassion and attention to detail, which is reflected in every patient encounter and procedure that he performs. His passion to help patients look and feel their best is what originally drove him towards the field of Facial Plastic Surgery. A commitment to these values and to his patients is what has propelled him towards the top of the aesthetic treatment field.

Dr. Starkman states “In surgery there are no large and small details. Every detail, regardless of size, is equally important and must be considered to achieve perfect results for our patients.”

Unwavering attention to detail and true passion for his patients are primary factors that led him to refine his rhinoplasty (nose job) procedure. He is one of the few rhinoplasty surgeons in Arizona who will perform complicated revision rhinoplasty surgeries, often requiring rib cartilage grafts.

Recognized for his passion for his work, close relationships with his patients, and an uncompromising approach to results, Dr. Starkman has developed a reputation as one of the best Facial Plastic Surgeons on the West Coast.

Education & Training

Dr. Starkman’s extensive credentials began with a bachelor’s degree in human anatomy and physiology from the University of Arizona, where he graduated summa cum laude. He then 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—Head and Neck Surgery. During his residency training, Dr. Starkman trained under Dr. David Sherris, one of the foremost rhinoplasty surgeons in the country. Then, prior to 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.

Following his surgical training Dr. Starkman obtained Board Certification from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He then successfully passed the Board Certification examination for Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, achieving one of the highest scores in the nation.

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 medical missions, awards, and positions include:

  • 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 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 traveled to Tanzania to assist a local community hospital in general patient care and education. 
  • 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 multiple medical associations and societies. He believes in a strong and unified network of physicians and medical providers in order to deliver the most transparent and up-to-date care.

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Lalich IJ, Ekbom DC, Starkman SJ, Orbelo DM, Morgenthaler TI. Vocal fold motion impairment in multiple system atrophy. Poster. COSM, Orlando, FL, April 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Starkman SJ, Sherris DA. Cutaneous Landmarks of the Supratrochlear Nerve. Poster. American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery Fall Meeting, Nashville, TN, October 2016
  • 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
  • Starkman SJ. Caudal End Transplantation. Rhinofest; The 25th Advanced International Rhinologic Dissection Course in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Rhinoplasty, Buffalo, NY, September 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • Starkman SJ, Sherris DA. Procerus and Corrugator Myectomy in Brow Lift. Oral Presentation. 12th International Symposium of Facial Plastic Surgery, Dallas, TX, October 2018
Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery

Publications

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Starkman SJ, Williams CW, Sherris DA: Flap Basics I: Rotation and Transposition Flaps. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am 25:313, 2017.
  • 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
  • Starkman SJ, Williams CT, Sherris DA. Corrugator Myectomy in Endoscopic Browlift. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
  • Starkman SJ, Mangat DS. Chemical Peels (deep, medium, light). In print
  • Starkman SJ, Mangat DS. Chemical Peel Complications. In print
  • Starkman SJ, Mangat DS. Less Invasive SMAS Approaches in Rhytidectomy: How, When and Why. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. August 2020

A MESSAGE FROM DR. STARKMAN CONCERNING COVID-19

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A MESSAGE FROM DR. STARKMAN CONCERNING COVID-19

We are excited to announce that we have resumed seeing patients on a limited basis for select visits and procedures. The majority of our new patient consultations and follow-up checks will be done via telemedicine to minimize patient traffic to the office.

Patient safety has always been our number one priority, and we are implementing the following policies to meet and exceed safety standards for our patients. We greatly appreciate your compliance and understanding.

  1. Dr. Starkman and all clinical staff will wear N95 masks and eye protection for the entirety of each patient’s visit.
  2. Patient appointment confirmation must be completed 24 hours prior to the appointment.
  3. Patient screening will consist of a screening questionnaire and a temperature check. Any patient with risk factors or a fever will be rescheduled.
  4. We are instituting a “No Waiting in the Waiting Room” Policy. Patients will be immediately screened and escorted to their private exam room.
  5. Surgical-grade air recirculators have been installed in each patient room to recycle each room’s air every 4 minutes.
  6. Guests, children, or visitors other than the patient will be limited.
  7. Pre-operative COVID-19 testing will be obtained 4-5 days prior to any scheduled procedure.
  8. Patients will enter our main entrance and exit out of our side exit. The one-way flow of traffic will allow for a comprehensive cleaning of the waiting room prior to the next patient.

We appreciate the understanding and patience of all of you. We can’t wait to see you all again. Dr. Starkman and Staff

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