“At Reliant Medical Group, all of the physicians are dedicated to working together to solve patient problems.”
Dr. Joseph Sidari decided to enter medicine because he wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. Now as a physician and Chief of the Division of Otolaryngology (also known as ENT for Ears, Nose & Throat) he gets to treat patients suffering from everything from head and neck cancer to allergies. “Otolaryngology is a very broad specialty and gives me the opportunity to help people in a variety of ways,” he explains. “I remember as a child having frequent visits to the ENT doctor for chronic ear infections. I had multiple operations for that problem, but still continued to get infections. Eventually, I had allergy testing and allergy shots for some asthma symptoms I developed, which curiously enough caused my ear infections to resolve. I remember that episode each time I see a patient with chronic complications from an allergy, and how helpful allergy treatment was for me. I’m happy to say I chose medicine, and specifically otolaryngology and allergy – it’s been a very satisfying career.”
Dr. Sidari did his undergraduate work right here in Worcester, at Holy Cross, then went on to Medical School at Boston University School of Medicine where he was awarded the prize for Outstanding Cancer researcher in his graduating class. Dr. Sidari feels strongly about making his patients understand all of their treatment options. “In otolaryngology there is rarely just one treatment option available. That’s why I always work hard at understanding each patient’s needs. Especially in caring for the patients with head and neck cancer, you have to understand that each patient comes with a different set of problems. Surgery may be a better option for one person, while a combined approach – such as working with the oncologists at the Saint Vincent Cancer & Wellness Center – may work better for others. The individual needs of the patient have to be considered with each treatment option.”
As Director of the Division of Allergy at Reliant Medical Group, Dr. Sidari enjoys doing everything he can for allergy patients. “We practice the full breath of allergy treatment here. We deal with food allergies, hive reactions, bee sting allergies, eczema, and, of course, asthma too. We try to tailor the treatment to the specific allergens and at the specific level that the patient is reacting to.”
Dr. Sidari likes to utilize the most up-to-date approaches available for diagnosing and treating many common ear, nose and throat problems. One recent advance has been a new technique for treating patients with chronic sinusitis, called balloon sinuplasty. “Think of it as angioplasty – dilating the blocked arteries around the heart with a balloon—except for widening the blocked sinuses. For many, this is a minimally invasive sinus procedure that is done either in the office or the operating room. And with a quicker recovery and less pain than traditional sinus surgery, it’s a huge advance in patient care.”
In speaking to Dr. Sidari, it’s easy to see his enthusiasm for his specialty and practicing at Reliant Medical Group. “Otolaryngology is a field that combines many different aspects of medicine. I get to take care of children as well as adults, perform surgeries, plus consult with and treat patients in the office. It’s a fascinating specialty that I really enjoy. Working with the oncologists, dermatologists, ophthalmologists, pulmonologists and gastroenterologists is a pleasure. At Reliant Medical Group, all of the physicians are dedicated to working together to solve patient problems – it’s what makes being a physician here so special.”
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The doctor listen to my concerns and was very attentive
this was the first time I'd met Dr. Sidari so it is premature to ask if I would recommend him, especially since he was simply explaining to me the reasons I should have further testing
I have always recommended my provider (*Dr. Sidari) to several people. He provided excellent service!
Dr Sidari is great. He has treated myself, my daughter, and my baby boy.
The doctor had no interest in checking out my condition. I had to ask him to examine the area and he spent a begrudging two minutes doing so, if that. He had his mind made up as to what it was without checking anything. He came in, sat down, and immediately told me I needed to start drinking more water. My primary doctor had been concerned enough to want to get the diagnosis right that she sent me to him, and he had zero interest in thoroughly checking. I paid a $30 copay so he could spend five minutes with me, barely look at my neck or throat, offer no insight and just tell me repeatedly to drink more water. I have no confidence in him as a doctor on the basis of this one interaction. He was, however, pleasant enough in his exchange.
Provider was very unprepared for the visit. He was reading the notes of the doctor who evaluated my son two months ago. He was saying that my son needs tubs and he can still see some bubbles in his ears. He also recommended a hearing test. I was confused about his request/recommendation especially because my son had the hearing test 20 minutes before this visit and the doctor was holding the results on his hand! He had the results on his hand! When I told him that my son just had the test and he is holding the results, he apologized by saying that he is reading the notes and results what my son had two months ago. He stated that the good news are that my son had no ear infection since April and at this time he wants to see him again in 2-3 months. He also stated that the best medicine is the time. However, I don't trust on him anymore. I was expecting hi m to tell me, I am sorry, I had not seen the results, please give me 5-10 minutes and I will get back to you. I am very disappointed! He is also the chief of the department and the way he handled the situation was very poor.
Outstanding physician. Very caring, kind, courteous and knowledgeable. Highly recommended! A truly dedicated professional doctor. Just awesome!
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