Dr. Sheela Saidha


Patient-centered Otolaryngologist specializing in comprehensive care with attention to Facial Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery. Evidence-based approach to providing safe and effective patient care. Strives to educate her patients regarding their healthcare problems and tailor both medical and surgical therapy to the individual. Warm and caring with excellent bedside manner and genuine interest in minimizing discomfort, side effects and recovery time.


  • Comprehensive ENT Surgical Expertise
  • Head & Neck neoplasms
  • Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery
  • Special Interest in Facial Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Septorhinoplasty, Nasal Valve Repair
  • Less invasive procedures for the nasal valve and inferior turbinates
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery with image-guidance including frontal sinus
  • Skin cancer of the face and neck
  • Local flaps and Mohs reconstruction
  • Injectables (Neurotoxin & Filler)
  • Facial trauma management


University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester NY – Class of 2023
Otolaryngology Chief Resident

Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk VA 2013 – 2017
Doctor of Medicine

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD 2012 – 2013
Post-baccalaureate Research Fellowship

University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA 2008 – 2012
Bachelor of arts in Biology

  • Dean’s List
  • Volunteer Medical Mission Trip to Costa Rica & Panama 2010
    • Served as Spanish translator and volunteer for clinics in underserved areas
  • Volunteer for Free Clinic in Downtown Charlottesville, VA serving homeless population

Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke VA 2004 – 2008


International Pediatric Endoscopic and Open 10/18/19
Airway Workshop, Toronto Canada

Multidisciplinary Difficult Airway Course, Rochester NY 5/20/21
Resident Course Instructor

Annual Grand Rounds Presentations

  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis 1/2019
  • Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss 1/2020
  • Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma 9/2020
  • Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease 4/2022
  • Management of Frontal Sinus Fractures 1/2023

AO CMF Management of Facial Trauma (Basics), Chicago IL 8/2018

2-day hands-on training which covered the fundamental knowledge and principles for the treatment of craniomaxillofacial fractures and their complications.

Stryker CMF Management of Facial Trauma (Advanced), Tampa FL 10/2022
2-day hands-on cadaver dissection course which reviewed advanced craniofacial approaches, advanced plating techniques, Lefort and sagittal split osteotomies, reconstruction with calvarial bone graft, iliac crest bone graft, fibula free tissue transfer. Designed for chief residents and fellows.

AO CMF Ballistic Facial Trauma Course (Advanced), Rosemont IL 1/2023

Aesthetic Facial Rejuvenation Training: Practices in Injection 11/2021 & 10/2022
Strategies and Techniques, Rochester NY



Sheela Saidha, Glenn Todd Schneider, John Faria. A Newborn With Stridor and Respiratory Distress. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020;146(2):192–193.

Peter L Nguy, Sheela Saidha, Ann K Jay MD, Jeffrey H Kim MD, Michael Hoa, MD. Radiologic anatomy of the round window relevant to cochlear implantation and inner ear drug delivery. World J Otorhinolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 Jun 20; 7(1): 9-16. Poster presentation at COSM 2015 in Boston MA.

Zhao X, Rodriguez R, Silberman RE, Ahearn JM, Saidha S, Cummins KC, Eisenberg E, Greene LE. Heat shock protein 104 (Hsp104)-mediated curing of [PSI+ ] yeast prions depends on both [PSI+ ] conformation and the properties of the Hsp104 homologs. J Biol Chem. 2017 May 26;292(21): 8630-8641.


Oral Presentation at AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL
Sheela Saidha, Benjamin Rubinstein, John T. Sinacori. Tramadol: A New Treatment Option for Chronic Cough.

Poster presentation at Triologic Society 2016 Meeting in Miami, FL
Sheela Saidha, Peter L Nguy, Ann K Jay MD, Jeffrey H Kim MD, Michael Hoa, MD. High Resolution CT Imaging of the Vestibular Aqueduct in Ménière’s Disease Using Pöschl Reconstructions.


  • ICARE Bronze Star Award 2021
    • Hospital recognition of employee dedication to providing care that encompasses ICARE values of integrity, inclusion, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence.
  • Association of Women Surgeons: Underrepresented-In-Medicine Mentoring Program 4/2020 – present
    • Actively mentors minority female medical students pursuing surgical careers.
    • Most recent mentee is medical student from the Philippines training in the United States and interested in ENT
  • Program Representative for AAO-HNS Sections for Residents and Fellows