As a fellowship-trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Cranlomaxillofacial surgeon, and as a board-certified Otolaryngologist- Head and Neck Surgeon, Dr. Winters specializes in the treatment of diseases of the head and neck, ears, nose and throat, in both adults and children. He has unique expertise in the care of patients with congenital and acquired deformities of the head, neck and face, as a result of cleft lip and palate (as well as other congenital anomalies), facial trauma, and caner or other tumors of the skin and head and neck. In addition, he has expertise in facial cosmetic surgery, as well as treating disorders of the sinuses (including advanced training in balloon sinuplasty), nose and nasal allergies, thyroid, parathyroid, parotid and other salivary glands, head and neck cancer, pediatric airway, and ear infections and hearing loss. Dr. Winters is a graduate of the Honors College, with thesis and international emphasis, from Washington State University, with a degree in genetics and cell biology. While as WSU he was a Phi Beta Kappa honor society scholarship finalist, as well as a member of numerous other academic honor societies. He undertook his medical training at the University of Vermont, during which time he was one of only three students selected for a Student Fellowship in the Department of Pathology in 2008, where he focused his research on molecular markers for tumors of the head and neck. He was later awarded the 2008 Fry Moyer Global Health Scholarship, allowing him to undertake further study of tropical medicine and tropical infectious diseases at La Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru, one of the most prestigious medical schools in South America. He completed his Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery residency at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, a storied program and the second-oldest in the United States. During this time he became a nationally recognized speaker and researcher, winning the Lloyd Storrs Resident Research Award for his work on lmmunohistechemichal markers in basaloid squamous carcinoma of the head and neck from the Triological Society, the most prestigious organization in Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery. He also was the co-discoverer of a novel genetic syndrome, the Guarisco-Winters Syndrome, which bears his name. He went on to further training with a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Craniomaxillofacial Surgery at the State University of New York in Syracuse, honing his skills in treatment of congenital anomalies of the face, head and neck, including cleft lip and neck. He served as a Clinical Instructor at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and was a guest professor at Syracuse University, as well as an invited speaker at Tulane University. Dr. Winters has authored over 35 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and has presented scores of national and international talks covering a broad range of topics within the field of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. He has volunteered his expert skills both domestically, as a co-founding member of a charitable organization to improve access to care in New Orleans, as well as internationally, to bring subspecialty care to regions of the globe where it is not always available. His philosophy on such missions is not simply to treat patients, but to educate local doctors and surgeons so these services are sustainable and available long-term for the patients in need.
I am uniquely trained in all aspects of facial plastic surgery craniofacial surgery and otolaryngology - head and neck surgery. My underlying philosophy is to apply this broad specialized training to develop an individualized approach to each patient's care incorporating the most recent advances in multiple fields into the treatment plan for each patient. I am widely published author and internationally-invited speaker with over 50 peer-reviewed publications and presentations and I use these learning opportunities to include the latest advances in the fijeld into my patients' care. One thing I consider very important is ensuring each patient encounter is unique - for the duration of the appointment no one else matters. The patient has my undivided attention. Once our time together has concluded I pride myself on coordinating with other practitioners involved in that patient's care ensuring we are all of the same mind to achieve our mutual goal: helping each patient to get better.
Dr. Winters' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Board certified in Otolaryngology
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Ear, Nose, and Throat
Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Winters' 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.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Head and Neck Cancer
Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
Maxillary and Malar Fractures
Outer Ear Infection
Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Soft Tissue Sarcoma of Head, Face, and Neck
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
Ear Tube Placement
Endocrine Surgical Procedure
Head and Neck Surgery
Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Nevada.
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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.
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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.
Washington State University
Undergraduate School | Graduated 2003
The University Of Vermont
Medical School | Graduated 2008
Tulane University Of Louisiana
Internship Hospital | Completed 2009
Tulane University Of Louisiana
Residency Hospital | Completed 2013
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2014
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Winters 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
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