Rhinology Fellowship Program Director:
Stilianos Kountakis, M.D., PhD., F.A.C.S
The Medical College of Georgia (MCG) Department of Otolaryngology at Augusta University (AU) 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 GRU for private practice in 1996, four fellows were trained in the program. One of them, Dr. Martin Cidarti, is Professor and Chair in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at 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 Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology and the Director of Rhinology at GRU, the Rhinology division and fellowship program were revived. Dr. Kountakis was promoted in 2014 to Professor and Chair of the department and serves as the Director of the Division of Rhinology and Sinus/Skull Base Surgery.
We now feel that the surgical experience of our fellows is second to none and is accomplished in an ideal atmosphere with primary fellow involvement under faculty supervision. The great Rhinology tradition at Augusta University is thriving again.
Departmental Mission Statement
The objective of this one-year fellowship is to provide a broad experience in the clinical and basic science aspects of Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery 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.
Overview of Fellowship
Our program consists of 4 fellowship trained faculty members who practice all aspects of rhinology, neurorhinology and skull bases surgery techniques. 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, endoscopic transsphenoidal hypophysectomy, allergic fungal rhinosinusitis, ostial balloon dilation, and endoscopic management of skull base defects and tumors. Our skull base surgery training includes all aspects of endoscopic neurorhinology and skull base surgery techniques. Fellows are appointed as junior faculty when appropriate with full hospital privileges.
Clinical Rotations: The fellow receives clinical training during 3 rhinology half-day clinics per week and in the operating room twice per week. Skull base cases are prioritized and the fellow is given time to participate in these surgeries. The fellow partners with 3 rhinologists-skull base surgeons, one Pittsburg trained skull based surgeon and pediatric otolaryngologists and is given the leverage and the time to manage his/her own schedule to maximize exposure to critical patient encounters and surgeries. Additional clinical teaching takes place during hospital rounds, clinical activities of the Skull Base Center, and pediatric rhinology cases. The fellow may see rhinology patients and staff sinus surgery procedures at the VA hospital.
Fellow is free to choose and participate in skull base surgery anytime it is scheduled.
Research Responsibilities: Fellows are encouraged to develop research proposals under the direction of the fellowship directors 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 Triological Society.
Diversity of Cases: The fellow may spend time in 3 hospitals: MCG-Augusta U, VA, and the Children's Hospital of Georgia in addition to working at the Augusta State Medical Prison. The fellows obtains experience in all aspects of approaches for skull base surgery, resection of sinonasal tumors, skull base reconstruction and advanced Rhinologic surgery.
Call Schedule: The fellow is appointed as a fully credentialed attending physician and will take faculty call, approximately 1 week every 2 months.
Patient Care Responsibilities:
Current and Past Fellows
|2020-2021||Lindsey Ryan||Current Fellow|
|2019-2020||Chadi Makary||West Virgina University, Morgantown, West Virginia|
|2018-2019||Ike Unsal||Jefferson Otolaryngology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|2017-2018||Mingsi Li||Medical College of Georgia - Augusta University|
|2016-2017||Chris Ito||University of Massachusetts|
|2015-2016||Camilo Reyes||Medical College of Georgia - Augusta University|
|2014-2015||Joshua Yelverton||Private practive, Charlotte, North Carolina|
|2013-2014||Jose Gurrola||University of Virgina|
|2012-2013||David Jang||Duke University|
|2011-2012||Brett Comer||University of Kentucky|
|2010-2011||Eyad Khabbaz||University of Pittsburgh|
|2009-2010||Jastin Antisdel||Saint Luis University|
|2008-2009||Troy Woodard||Cleveland Clinic Foundation|
|2007-2008||Patricia Maeso||University of Texas - Galveston|
|2006-2007||Subinoy Das||Ohio State University|
|2005-2006||Francis Ling||University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada|
|2004-2005||Christopher McMains||Uniformed Forces University, San Antonio, Texas|
|2003-2004||Firas Farhat||Clemenceau Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon|
Requirements for appointment
Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to the Medical College of Georgia- Augusta University Rhinology Fellowship:
Fellows will be selected based on their ability and knowledge within the field of
Otolaryngology and Rhinology. MCG – Augusta University particularly encourages applications
from individuals with an interest and a proven track record of excellence in scholarly
All applications received by MCG-Augusta University are independently reviewed by at least two faculty members, and decisions regarding interviews are made by consensus.
Stil Kountakis, M.D., Ph.D
Porubsky Distinguished Professor and Chairman
Director, Rhinology-Skull Base Surgery Fellowship
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Medical College of Georgia – Augusta University
1120 Fifteenth Street, BP-4109
Augusta, Georgia 30912-4060
Phone: (706) 721-6100
Fax: (706) 721-0112