Phil Zapanta, MD, FACS specializes in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. His clinical interests include otolaryngic allergy, sinus and nasal disorders, endoscopic sinus surgery (including balloon sinuplasty), facial trauma, snoring and sleep apnea surgery, hoarseness, ear disease, and thyroid and parathyroid surgery.
Dr. Zapanta earned his B.A. in Biology and Biochemistry from Eastern Mennonite University and earned his M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is board certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and completed his residency at the George Washington University Medical Center. He recently earned a graduate certificate in Leadership Development from the George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
Aside from his clinical work, Dr. Zapanta has multiple publications and has presented and lectured at the local and national level. He has a strong interest in resident and medical student education. He is both an Assistant Professor of Surgery and the Associate Otolaryngology Residency Program Director at The GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is also a Co-Director of the GWU Medical Education Fellowship.
Dr. Zapanta also serves his country in the United States Army Reserves Medical Corps, and he has recently been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His recent deployments have included Fort Sill, OK, Fort Wainwright, AK, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Currently, he performs his reserve drill time at Walter Reed Army Medical Center by treating the soldiers and by teaching the military residents and medical students. He has received numerous military awards for his service including the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserves Component Achievement Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Dr. Zapanta professional memberships include the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, American College of Surgeons, Society of Military Otolaryngologists, Washington Metropolitan Otolaryngology Head and Neck Society, and the Medical Society of the District of Columbia. He also serves on several local and national committees. He was recently named as one of the top doctors in the Washington DC area in the March 2012 Washingtonian.
In his spare time he enjoys hanging out with his family, coaching his son's soccer team, playing competitive sports (soccer, basketball, and softball), cross-training and weight lifting, and riding his motorcycle with his wife.