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Kountakis, Stilianos Emmanuel, MD

Administrative Title: 
Chair, Department of Otolaryngology,
Ear, Nose, and Throat
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
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Faculty Title

  • Professor and Chairman, Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery

Medical Degree

  • University of Texas - Houston
  • University of Houston


  • University of Texas - Houston


  • Pathophysiology and pathogenesis of sinusitis,
  • Surgical outcomes,
  • Immune parameters in sinusitis,
  • Allergic fungal sinusitis,
  • Pathophysiology of nasal polyps,
  • Leukotrienes in chronic sinusitis


  • English

Philosophy of Care

  • GRHealth is a world-class health care network offering the most comprehensive care in the region, where your health is our priority. As leaders in patient- and family-centered care, our physicians partner with our patients, their families, and other specialty physicians to provide an unmatched level of care. As the only academic medical center in the area, our patients receive the compassionate care they deserve along with leading-edge research and technologies not found anywhere else in the region.

Board Info

  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Certified

Dr. Stil Kountakis is the Edward S. Porubsky Distinguished Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery at Georgia Regents University.  Dr. Kountakis joined the faculty at GRU effective July 1, 2003 as Professor and Vice-chair of the Department of Otolaryngology and as the Director of Rhinology/ Sinus Surgery. Dr. Kountakis received his medical degree from the University of Texas-Houston Medical School and served his residencies in general surgery and in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at University of Texas affiliated hospitals.  He subsequently received his PhD in medicine from the University of Crete Medical School in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. Dr. Kountakis has served on the faculty at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he was the Director of Rhinology-Sinus Surgery.

Dr. Kountakis’s research interests include clinical, physiological, genetic and immune-basic science parameters of chronic rhinosinusitis and medical-surgical outcomes. His research interests also include determining the presence of cysteinyl leukotrienes in chronic hyperplastic sinusitis, establishing the microbiology of chronic sinusitis, and comparing the efficacy of antimicrobial agents in the treatment of acute bacterial sinusitis. 

Dr. Kountakis has published extensively in sinusitis and serves on the editorial board or is a reviewer of 4 major journals in the field of Otolaryngology. Dr. Kountakis serves on many committees of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and is a recipient of the Academy’s 2002 Service Honor Award. He was selected as a Daiichi Scholar of the Academy, which is a Clinical Scholars Program in Evidence-Based Medical Research. Dr. Kountakis also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Rhinologic Society. Among his many other professional activities, Dr. Kountakis is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Rhinologic Society. He also has served as Guest Examiner for the oral examination of the American Board of Otolaryngology.