Dr. Samer Fakhri is an internationally renowned rhinologist who has been practicing in the Houston area for over 10 years. Dr. Fakhri has a special interest in space medicine and managing sinus barotrauma. He has been entrusted with the care of NASA astronauts, airline pilots, and professional deep sea divers. He is a founding member of the sinus center at Houston Plastics, Craniofacial and Sinus Surgery, a state of the art facility offering the highest level of expertise and personalized care to patients with nasal, sinus and skull base disorders. Patients and peers have recognized. Dr. Fakhri's skills and expertise as a sinus and skull base surgeon and have consistently named him to the local and national Top Doc lists including America's Best Doctors and the acclaimed Castle Connolly Top Doctors, an accomplishment achieved by only 2% of physicians. Dr. Fakhri is a clinical professor at the University of Texas medical school at Houston and holds leadership positions in healthcare institutions and specialty societies nationally and internationally. He joined The University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 2004 and established the division of sinonasal and skull base surgery, the first of its kind in Houston and southeast Texas to offer comprehensive medical and surgical care for sinus and skull base disorders by a fellowship-trained rhinologist. In 2013, Dr. Fakhri received the University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, the highest honor bestowed by the UT Board of Regents and one of the nation's most competitive awards for medical educators. He also received the medical school Dean's Teaching Excellence Award for 8 consecutive years. In late 2014 the president of UT Health awarded Dr. Fakhri the medal of excellence for his exemplary contributions to clinical care, education and research. During his tenure at UT, Dr. Fakhri served as Residency Program Director and Vice Chair in the department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is credited with transforming the learning milieu and educational structure of the otolaryngology residency program and lifting it into a fully-accredited and highly sought-after training program. He contributes to the education of future otolaryngologists and has trained many residents and fellow surgeons. His expertise is widely recognized and he draws patients from across the globe. Dr. Fakhri received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He completed his residency training at McGill University Health Center and pursued fellowship training in rhinology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He also completed a research fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories of McGill University. Dr. Fakhri is one of very few surgeons certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Rhinologic Society. He serves as a committee Chair at the American Rhinologic Society and contributes yearly instructional courses to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In addition he is on the editorial board and a reviewer for Otolaryngology journals. He is a frequently invited national and international panelist and speaker. Dr. Fakhri has published over 60 scientific articles and book chapters, including description of new minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat complex sinus conditions. Dr. Fakhri's areas of clinical interest include medical and surgical management of refractory chronic rhinosinusitis, sinus and nasal polyps, image-guided surgery, endoscopic lacrimal and orbital surgery, cerebrospinal fluid leak (CSF) repair, endoscopic removal of sinus and nasal tumors, and minimally invasive skull base surgery.
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Learn about Dr. Fakhri
My care philosphy is simple: I will listen to you and identify the issues that affect your health and quality of life and try to resolve them. I will use my clinical and research expertise to offer you individividualized and unparalleled quality care in the least invasive way. Under my care you will benefit from innovative and cutting edge technologies. I wilI treat you with respect and give you the opportunity to be involved in your health decisions.
Dr. Fakhri's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Ear, Nose, and Throat
Board certified in Otolaryngology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Ear, Nose, and Throat
Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Accredited by: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Why It Matters: Dr. Fakhri's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Head and Neck Cancer
Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
Malignant Bone Cancer of the Skull, Face, and Jaw
Maxillary and Malar Fractures
Salivary Gland Cancer
Skull Base Lesions
Skull Base Tumor
Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
Complex Skull Base Surgery
Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery With Navigational System
Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
Head and Neck Surgery
Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
Lip, Excision or Resection
Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
Skull Base Surgery
Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Texas.
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How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
McGill University / Faculty Of Medicine
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1998
McGill University Faculty Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1998
McGill University Health Center
Internship Hospital | Completed 1999
McGill University Health Center
Residency Hospital | Completed 2003
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2004
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Fakhri has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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