Dr. Tamara Fountain, MD

Dr. Tamara Fountain, MD

Oculoplastic Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 55
Dr. Tamara Fountain, MD is an oculoplastic surgery specialist in Deerfield, IL and has been practicing for 22 years. She graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1988 and specializes in oculoplastic surgery.Read her story

740 Waukegan Rd Ste 360

Deerfield, IL 60015

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

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very high
more than 96% of peers
Eyelid Surgery
very high
more than 95% of peers
Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
very high
more than 93% of peers

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Dr. Fountain's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Fountain "Dr. Fountain grew up in Minnesota where her mother worked for Pillsbury and her father was a pilot at Northwest Airlines. She has always enjoyed an interest in art and design but pursued math and science studies as a premed at Stanford University. After Harvard Medical school, she chose a career in ophthalmology and specialized in plastic surgery around the eye. This was a natural intersection of art and science and allowed Dr. Fountain to combine two of her life's interests. She has been active in organizational medicine at the national level. She served 15 years with the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company, the largest malpractice insurer of America's ophthalmologists with a managed portfolio of over a quarter of a billion dollars. She served as Chair of the Board 2014-15. She will assume the presidency of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2018. This organization is the only society of eye doctors dedicated to plastic surgery. Dr. Fountain has served 10 years on the Board of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the largest society of of ophthalmologists with over 30,000 members worldwide. At the local level, Dr. Fountain has served 3 years as president of the Illinois Association of Ophthalmology and has been a long-time member of the Chicago Ophthalmological Society. Dr. Fountain is professor of ophthalmology at Rush University in Chicago where she has worked part-time for almost 20 years and served as Section Head, Division of Oculoplastics and Chair of Medical Student Education. She devotes one day a week to teaching medical students and supervising the training of ophthalmology residents. Dr. Fountain was recently selected to chair the Alumni Fund of Harvard Medical School. She welcomes the opportunity to give back to the institution where she started her career in this fulfilling profession. She still considers it an incredible responsibility and honor to take care of patients and whenever possible, to make their lives better. "
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Fountain "Dr. Fountain is committed to patient satisfaction and she enjoys the reward of listening to her patients as well as making sure they understand their conditions and their options for treating it.  Surgery can be an overwhelming life decision.  Dr. Fountain and her office staff are committed to helping make this process as reassuring as possible. "

1  Specialties

  • Oculoplastic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

19  Conditions Treated

  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blind Hypertensive Eye
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Cancer
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Graves' Disease
  • Skin Cancer
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis

31  Procedures

  • Blepharoplasty
  • Botox® Injection
  • Brow Lift
  • Canthoplasty and Canthopexy
  • Canthotomy
  • Conjunctivoplasty
  • Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Enucleation of Eye
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Facial Peel
  • Nasal Lacrimal Duct Surgery
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Oculoplastics
  • Orbit Evisceration
  • Orbital Decompression and Orbitotomy
  • Orbital Exenteration 
  • Orbital Floor Fracture Repair
  • Orbital Surgical Procedures
  • Ptosis (Eyelids) Surgery
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Lid Retraction
  • Stitches
  • Surgical Biopsy
  • Tear Drainage Surgery
  • Tear Duct Surgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Stanford University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1984
  • Harvard Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1988
  • Pennsylvania Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Johns Hopkins
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1992
  • University of Southern California
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1996

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Oral Examiner, American Board of Ophthalmology, 2014,16
  • Chairman of the Board, Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company, 2014-16
  • Board of Directors of Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance company, 2008-15
  • President, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2018
  • President, Illinois Association of Ophthalmology, 2002-2005
  • Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2007
  • Executive Secretary, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, 2007-2011
  • Secretariat Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2008, 2010
  • America's Top Ophthalmologists, 2010 to pr
  • Board of Trustees, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2005-2008
  • Best Doctors, 2006-prese
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California, 2016
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Wilmer Eye Hospital, John Hopkins Hospital, 2015
Media & Publications
  • Lashing Out, April 2009
  • Ophthalmology: The Next Generation, Dec. 2011
  • Eyelid eversion for visualization of the upper eyelid lamellae; An anatomic cadaver study., 2011
  • Twitter at the 2014 and 2015 Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Ophthalmology., 2016
  • Castleman’s Disease in the Orbit of a 17-year-old Girl: A Case Report., 2013
  • Tool Kit., 2014
  • Ophthalmic Malpractice and Physician Gender: A Claims Data Analysis., 2014
  • Section Editor, Ptosis. Pearls and Pitfall in Cosmetic Oculoplastic Surgery, 2009
  • Perioperative Systemic Anticoagulation in Oculoplastics Procedures: Balancing the Risk, 2010
  • “Muller Muscle-Conjunctiva Resection (MMCR) for Blepharoptosis In Patients With Glaucoma Filtering Blebs”,, 2007
  • Periorbital Skin Cancers: The Dermatologist’s Perspective, 2006
  • EyeSmart Injury Prevention Campaign, July 1, 20
  • Latisse Interview on MSNBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman Show, 2009
  • Champagne Cork Injuries, Dec. 2008
  • Eyelid Surgery Has More Than Cosmetic Benefits, 12-8-11

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, Member
  • American Ophthalmological Society, Member
  • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Member
  • Chicago Ophthalmological Society, Member
  • Department of Ophthalmology Section Chair Emeritus Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Rush University Medical Center Chicago, Professor
  • Illinois Association of Ophthalmology, Member
  • Women in Ophthalmology, Member

Dr. Fountain's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Fountain to family and friends
104 total reviews (25 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (104)

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Dr. Fountain's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent

Dr. Fountain Says:

Thank you so much to those providing feedback on their experience in our practice.  If it was positive, tell a friend.  If we didn't meet your expectations, please call me or my staff.  We strive for constant improvement and value your assistance in meeting this goal. 


Patient Comments (25)

She looks great on paper, but completely botched my mother's eyelid lift. One eye ended up looking ABNORMALLY larger than the other, and the lifted eye has continual problems (constant tearing, dryness). When we returned for a follow up visit and questioned the results, her response was...more
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Dr. Fountain treated my 7 year old son after a glass picture frame shattered and damaged his eye. Her bedside manner was incredible with our entire family. She was extremely thorough and we knew we could trust her advice. She put all of us at ease. Her follow up call was very detailed. I would...more
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horrible staff and most of all this physician had an attitude problem and just doesn’t even care about her patients did not even address my issues and would not even listen to what I had to say expected more from her and left very dissatisfied would not recommend!!!!
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I am sorry to see this comment and think I know the author. I am referred a variety of problems around the eyelids and eye sockets. When a patient has had multiple prior surgeries by another doctor, it limits the options available to try to fix the problem. Unfortunately, we surgeons are not always able to help patients seeking our expertise. I am sorry this patient interpreted my inability to help as being uncaring. I am not able to help all patients but I try to treat all with compassion.

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I can highly recommend Dr. Fountain. She was professional, kind, thoughtful and extremely helpful. She did magnificent work on my eyes. The result is that I look 30 years younger. When I left her office after my final visit, when we shook hands with her upon leaving, she said, "It was an honor"....more
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I had a fantastic experience with Dr Fountain and her staff. Scheduling was smooth & the front desk were friendly. Her nurse Susan was excellent. She kept me up to date with my insurance approval status and prepared me well for surgery. Dr Fountain is very professional and took the time to...more
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