Rhinology Fellowship Program Director:
Stilianos E. Kountakis, M.D., PhD., F.A.C.S
The Medical College of Georgia (MCG) Department of Otolaryngology has a great history and tradition in Rhinology. Under the direction of Dr. Frederick Kuhn in the early 1990s, the Rhinology fellowship achieved national and international recognition. It was during this time that the diagnostic criteria for Allergic Fungal Sinusitis were formulated and published. Since its inception in 1992 and until Dr. Kuhn left MCG for private practice in 1996, 4 fellows were trained in the program. One of them, Dr. Michael Sillers, is currently an associate professor and director of Rhinology at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Another, Dr. Martin Cidarti, is the chairman at UT-Houston.
The program became quiescent after Dr. Kuhn's departure until Dr. Stil Kountakis was recruited in 2003 to revive the division of Rhinology and the Rhinology Fellowship. Dr. Kountakis was an associate professor and director of Rhinology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. With his arrival as a Professor, and Vice Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology and the Director of Rhinology at MCG, the Rhinology division and fellowship program were revived.
Since 2003, the Division of Rhinology has continued to grow, and continues to offer an ever improving surgical experience to our fellows that is second to none. This is accomplished in an ideal atmosphere with primary fellow involvement under faculty supervision. In 2011, the Medical College of Georgia was renamed Augusta University, with the medical school retaining the MCG name. The great Rhinology tradition at Augusta University and the Medical College of Georgia continues to thrive.
Description and Prerequisites
The Rhinology fellowship is a one year fellowship with a tentative start date of July 1st each year.
Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to the Georgia Regents Rhinology Fellowship:
Fellows will be selected based on their ability and knowledge within the field of Otolaryngology and Rhinology. There is specifically no discrimination on the basis of age, sex, ethnic background, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. Recognizing the superb academic opportunities available within the department, and the institution at large, Augusta University particularly encourages applications from individuals with an interest and a proven track record of excellence in scholarly pursuits. All applications received by Augusta University are independently reviewed by at least two faculty members, and decisions regarding interviews are made by consensus.
Interested applicants should contact:
Stil Kountakis, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
1120 Fifteenth Street
Augusta, Georgia 30912-4060
Goals and Objectives
The objective of this one-year fellowship is to provide a broad experience in the clinical and basic science aspects of Rhinology to interested and qualified applicants. Through our fellowship training we will help establish leaders in the field who will help to improve current standards of patient care, educate others, and perform research. This program is to be carried out in such a way so as not to adversely affect the current resident training experience. The fellowship is designed to provide excellent training in chronic rhinosinusitis, functional endoscopic sinus surgery, revision endoscopic sinus surgery, frontal sinus surgery including the endoscopic modified Lothrop procedure, image guided sinus surgery, allergic fungal rhinosinusitis and endoscopic management of anterior skull base defects and tumors.
This Rhinology Fellowship is a non-accredited program affiliated with the Department of Otolaryngology at Augusta University and its accredited residency program. As of today, there are no ACGME accredited Rhinology fellowship programs in the United States.
Stil Kountakis, MD, PhD,
Director, Division of Rhinology and Rhinology fellowship
Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology
Medical College of Georgia.
Bill Dolen, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Director of Allergy and Immunology
The fellow spends time in three hospitals:
As the teaching hospital of Georgia Health Sciences University and the Medical College of Georgia, the MCGHealth Hospitals and Clinics include a 520-bed hospital, Medical Office Building with over 80 outpatient clinics in one convenient setting, Specialized Care Center housing a 13-county regional trauma center, Comprehensive Cancer Program, Emergency and Express Care Services.
The Children's Medical Center has 149-beds, including one of five Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the state. Please see the CMC Orientation for Surgeons at:
The Charlie Norwood Augusta VAMC primary service area includes 17 counties in Georgia and seven counties in South Carolina; but as a member of the Atlanta Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN7), veterans who live as far away as Alabama may be cared for in the Augusta VAMC. The Downtown Division adjacent to Augusta University has 155 beds (52 medicine, 37 surgery, six neurology, and 60 spinal cord injury).
The fellow participates “hands on” in all rhinology clinics and in the operating room. The Fellow's clinical schedule mirrors that of Dr. Kountakis. Specifically, the fellow receives clinical training during 4 rhinology half-day clinics per week and in the operating room twice per week. Additional clinical teaching takes place during hospital rounds on rhinology patients and during the care of emergency rhinology cases. The fellow is clinically involved in call from home in the rotation of Dr. Kountakis taking call (approximately 1 week in 7).
The fellowship provides numerous opportunities for clinical and basic science research in the areas of allergic fungal rhinosinusitis, hyperplastic sinusitis-nasal polyposis, microbiology of sinus infections and clinical/surgical outcomes. Fellows are encouraged to develop research proposals under the direction of the fellowship director with full Department funding available to support travel to present work at the major meetings of the American Rhinologic Society, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Triologic Society.
Fellow Supervision and Patient Care Responsibilities
Fellows are closely supervised during the first quarter of the Fellowship. As the fellow matures, patient care independence is allowed, still under the supervision of the fellowship director. At the completion of fellowship, the fellow is able to evaluate and manage all medical disease related to the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses.
Fellow Patient Care Responsibilities:
The following procedures are performed during the fellowship:
Endoscopic ethmoidectomies: 100
Endoscopic middle meatal antrostomies: 100
Frontal sinusotomies: 50
Nasal polypectomies: 25
Benign tumors of the anterior skull base: 5
Cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea repair: at least 3
Image guided sinus surgery: 25
Other endoscopic procedures
The fellow will be evaluated on the follow items using a scale from 1 to 5, 1 being the lowest or very poor performance and 5 being the highest or excellent performance:
The fellow provides verbal and/or written meaningful feedback to the director of fellowship regarding ways of improving the quality and effectiveness of the fellowship.