Dr. James Thomsen, Dr. Sivi Bakthavachalam (Baktha), and Dr. Paula Harmon, pediatric otolaryngologists and head and neck surgeons at Pediatric ENT of Atlanta were named Top Doctors by Atlanta Magazine. The publication, released in July 2021, relies on Castle Connolly for its annual Top Doctor lists.

Castle Connelly is a healthcare research company and the official source for Top Doctors for the past 25 years. Its established nomination survey, research, screening, and selection process, under the direction of a Medical Doctor, involves many hundreds of thousands of physicians as well as academic medical centers, specialty hospitals, and regional and community hospitals across the nation.

The nomination process is open to all licensed physicians in America, who are able to nominate physicians in any medical specialty and in any part of the country, as well as indicate whether the nominated physicians are, in their opinion, among the best in their region in their medical specialties or among the best in the nation in their medical specialties. Once a doctor is nominated, Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels.

Careful screening of doctors’ educational and professional experience is essential before final selection is made among those physicians most highly regarded by their peers. The result is that they identify the top doctors in America and provide you, the consumer, with detailed information about their education, training, and special expertise in paperback guides, national and regional magazine “Top Doctors” features, and online directories.

Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected and profiled as Castle Connolly Top Doctors.

Dr. James Thomsen has been named Top Doctor since 2013, Dr. Sivi Baktha first appeared in 2020, and Dr. Paula Harmon in 2021.  All three doctors work at Pediatric ENT of Atlanta with offices in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cumming, Dacula (Hamilton Creek), Duluth, Fayetteville, East Cobb Marietta, and Tower Road Marietta.

Pediatric ENT of Atlanta (PENTA) has established itself as one of the leading pediatric ear, nose, and throat providers in the nation. Since 1987, we have cared for thousands of children with common to complex ear, nose, and throat conditions.

Today, PENTA is the largest privately operated pediatric ENT provider in the Southeast, with nine locations including four Rapid ENT Care Centers, and four Hearing Centers of Excellence.  All physicians are board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric specialists and head and neck surgeons.

The Rapid ENT Care Centers are staffed by pediatric-trained physician assistants and nurse practitioners and provide quick access to ENT care and treatment. Through its team of pediatric audiologists and physicians, PENTA’s Hearing Centers of Excellence provide patient access to hearing loss evaluations, hearing tests, hearing aids, assistive technology, hearing loss prevention, and state-of-the-art cochlear implantation.

Pictured from L to R: Sivi Bakthavachalam, MD; James Thomsen, MD; and Paula Harmon, MD

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