Clinic changes name to Children's ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery

Minneapolis – (November 26, 2012) – Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota announced that it has acquired Pediatric ENT Associates effective Oct. 1. With the acquisition Pediatric ENT Associates changed its name to Children's ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery, and Children's Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic is now integrated within the new clinic.

"Being a part of Children's, one of the largest pediatric health systems in the nation, offers us more resources and helps us provide comprehensive care to all of our patients, especially those that require complex care," said James Sidman, MD, founder of Pediatric ENT Associates.

Located at Children's – Minneapolis, in the Children's Specialty Center, the two organizations have a strong history of working closely together. Dr. Sidman serves as Children's medical director of otolaryngology/ear, nose and throat (ENT) and also plays a role with other Children's interdisciplinary clinics including cleft/craniofacial, plagiocephaly, vascular anomalies, velocardiofacial syndrome and recurrent respiratory papillomatosis.

"The acquisition of Pediatric ENT Associates further strengthens the Children's ENT program and offers us new opportunities to enhance our care for simple to complex otolaryngology cases," said Phillip Kibort, MD, chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs of Children's of Minnesota. "While we continue to value and work closely with other ENT groups on our professional staff, this important acquisition allows us to expand our services and our ability to reach more children throughout the community."

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