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Fountain Tamara, MD

Dr. Fountain is professor of ophthalmology at Rush University Medical Center and section chair emeritus of oculofacial plastic surgery. She maintains a private practice near her home on Chicago’s North Shore, a day’s drive from where she grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dr. Fountain graduated with a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. After completing residency in ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute, she returned to California for a fellowship in oculoplastic surgery at Doheny Eye Institute/University of Southern California.

Dr. Fountain was appointed to the board of directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology in 2022 and was President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2021.  She is Past-President of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), where she has received the Robert Kennedy Presidential and OrkanStasior Leadership Awards for service to the Society.

Dr. Fountain served 15 years with the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (OMIC), chairing the Audit, Strategic Planning, Risk Management and Insurance/Marketing committees before being elected Chair of the Board of Directors. She is past-president of the Illinois Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and has been involved in programming for the American Ophthalmological Society, Women in Ophthalmology and the Chicago Ophthalmological Society. She is a past Alumni Fund Chair for Harvard Medical School.

Outside medicine, Dr. Fountain is a news and podcast junkie and enjoys traveland speaking at conferences around the world. A long-time tennis, golf and bike enthusiast, she’s making room now for pickleball and doing her best to stay out of the kitchen.



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