Dr. Tamara R. Fountain, MD

Dr. Tamara R. Fountain, MD

Ophthalmology | Female | 53 years old

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. Read more

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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.Read more

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  • Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
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in McHenry, IL |
I am so happy that Dr. Fountain performed my eye-lid surgery. I researched all of my recommendations and Dr. Fountain was highly rated. I understand why. Everything about my experience was great! The office staff and her assistants were excellent. I highly recommend Dr. Fountain.
in Lake In The Hills, IL |
Dr Fountain and her staff are excellent. They put my mind at ease and answered every question and concern. They were friendly but also very professional. I'm extremely happy with the outcome of my surgery and would highly recommend Dr Fountain.
in Highwood Il |
Dr. Fountain and her staff are compassionate, friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. I have gotten exceptional results after each of my eye surgeries with only minimal discomfort.
in Zion, IL |
Dr. Fountain treated me as if I was her only patient. Explained the procedure so that I understood exactly what would happen & also made me aware of expectations. Results were spot on & I am a happy camper. Was disappointed when I was released from her care. I was treated like family & will recommend her with confidence.
in Glencoe, IL |
Dr. Fountain was the 3rd ocular surgeon I visited before I had my procedure. I felt the other 2 doctors were upselling me additional procedures that I did not feel I needed. Dr. Fountain never suggested additional procedures & assured me that my outcome would be fantastic--which it was! I was very happy & feel that she is an honest doctor who cares more about the patient than her fees.
in Wilmette, IL |
Great experience. Caring staff.
in Winnetka, IL |
Excellent results with surgery on eyelid in one say that others wanted to do over two days, Dr. Fountain takes time to carefully explain the procedure and has a superb demeanor.
in Glenview, IL |
I had an A plus experience with dr. Fountain. She preformed a bilateral Blepharoplasty and I love my results. She couldn't have been better both clinically and surgically. I always felt that my questions and concerns were handled with sensitivity and respect.
in McHenry IL |
Dr Fountain is a real pro at what she does. Best doctoring experience I have ever had. Her surgery expertise was successful where two surgery attempts by others failed. She has the unique ability to make medical care a pleasant experience. I highly recommend her.
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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

Dr. Fountain says..

Dr. Fountain is a surgeon who performs operations of the eye socket (orbit), eyelids and tear drainage system. She does not perform general eye exams for glasses, cataract or glaucoma conditions though her partners offer these services in the Deerfield and Lake Forest offices.  

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

Procedures Performed

Dr. Fountain says..

Dr. Fountain is trained in surgery of the eye sockets, eyelids and tear drainage system and has been doing these procedures for over 20 years.  Eye socket (orbit) surgery would include broken orbital/cheek bones, orbital tumor biopsy and removal and bulging eyes of thyroid disease.  Eyelid surgery includes cosmetic and non-cosmetic eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty), Botox and chemical peels, droopy eyelid (ptosis) repair, lids that turn in (entropion) or out (ectropion) and removal of benign and malignant eyelid tumors and cysts. Tear drainage (lacrimal) surgery would include bypass surgery for blocked tear drainage ducts and treatment of tear duct infections. Dr. Fountain also performs eye removal surgery when requested by referring eye doctors. 

Dr. Fountain performs many procedures in her office surgical suite and for those preferring or requiring a hospital setting, she offers outpatient procedures at NorthShore's Highland Park Hospital. 

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  • 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

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    Sanctions

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  • 0
    Board Actions

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Education

  • Medical School
    Harvard Medical School

    Graduated in 1988

  • Internship Hospital
    Pennsylvania Hospital

    Completed in 1989

  • Residency Hospital
    Johns Hopkins

    Completed in 1992

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Of Southern California

    Completed in 1996

  • Undergraduate School
    Stanford University

    Graduated in 1984

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • President, Illinois Association of Ophthalmology, 2002-2005
    • Board of Directors, Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company, 2008 to pr
    • 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
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  • Media & Publications
    • Lashing Out, April 2009
    • Ophthalmology: The Next Generation, Dec. 2011
    • 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

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  • Specializes in Ophthalmology
  • Board certified in Ophthalmology
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Fountain says...

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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Dr. Fountain's Care Philosophy

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. 

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Dr. Fountain says...

Dr. Fountain is a surgeon who performs operations of the eye socket (orbit), eyelids and tear drainage system. She does not perform general eye exams for glasses, cataract or glaucoma conditions though her partners offer these services in the Deerfield and Lake Forest offices.  

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Dr. Fountain says...

Dr. Fountain is trained in surgery of the eye sockets, eyelids and tear drainage system and has been doing these procedures for over 20 years.  Eye socket (orbit) surgery would include broken orbital/cheek bones, orbital tumor biopsy and removal and bulging eyes of thyroid disease.  Eyelid surgery includes cosmetic and non-cosmetic eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty), Botox and chemical peels, droopy eyelid (ptosis) repair, lids that turn in (entropion) or out (ectropion) and removal of benign and malignant eyelid tumors and cysts. Tear drainage (lacrimal) surgery would include bypass surgery for blocked tear drainage ducts and treatment of tear duct infections. Dr. Fountain also performs eye removal surgery when requested by referring eye doctors. 

Dr. Fountain performs many procedures in her office surgical suite and for those preferring or requiring a hospital setting, she offers outpatient procedures at NorthShore's Highland Park Hospital.