Stilianos E. Kountakis, MD, PhDProfessor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryEdward S. Porubsky, MD Distinguished Chair in OtolaryngologyDirector, Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery FellowshipMedical College of Georgia - Augusta University Dr. Kountakis received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, Texas and his medical degree from the University of Texas-Houston. He completed an otolaryngology residency at UT-Houston Medical School, Hermann Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, and MacGregor Medical Associates. He came to The Medical College of Georgia in 2003 from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, where he was director of the Division of Rhinology and Virginia Sinus Center. Dr. Kountakis has served as Vice President of the Southern Section of the Triological Society, and as member of the Board of Directors and Past President of the Georgia Society of Otolaryngology-HNS. He is Past President of the American Rhinologic Society and received the society's 2015 Golden Head Mirror Teaching Award. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has served as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy and the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology. Dr. Kountakis is Editor-in-Chief of the first "Encyclopedia of Otolaryngology-HNS" and has edited 3 additional textbooks, "The Frontal Sinus" , now in the 2nd edition, "Rhinologic and Sleep Apnea Surgical Techniques" and "Revision Sinus Surgery" . Dr. Kountakis has published extensively and his research interests include pathophysiology and pathogenesis of sinusitis and polyps, medical and surgical outcomes, and allergic fungal sinusitis. He is consistently ranked among America's Best Doctors.
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Dr. Kountakis' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Rhinology
Board certified in Otolaryngology
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Ear, Nose, and Throat
Otolaryngic Skull Base Surgery
Sleep Medicine Otolaryngology
Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Kountakis' 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.
Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Allergic Fungal Sinusitis
Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Head and Neck Cancer
Loss of Smell and-or Taste
Nasal Septal Perforation
Nose Polyposis, Familial
Throat Cancer (Hypopharyngeal)
Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery With Navigational System
Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
Skull Base Surgery
Sleep Apnea Surgery
Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Georgia.
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If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
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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.
University of Houston / University Park
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1983
University Of Texas Medical School At Houston
Medical School | Graduated 1988
University of Texas At Houston / Medical School At Houston
Internship Hospital | Completed 1989
University Tex Hsc
Residency Hospital | Completed 1993
University of Crete / School of Health Sciences/ Division of Medicine
Other Education | Completed 1998
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Kountakis 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.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
Georgia Regents University, Chair, MCG Physicians Practice Group Foundation