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Dr. Phil Zapanta

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Washington, DC
21 years experience male

Locations

Division of Otolaryngology - George Washington University

Washington, DC

Address

2021 K Street, NW, Suite 206, Washington, DC
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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Fax

(202) 741-3382

Division of Otolaryngology - George Washington University (Allergy and Sinus Center)

Washington, DC

About

Bio

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.

Specialties
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Doctor Q&A

251 Answers
198 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Yes.: Season allergies can affect your energy levels. There is good evidence that untreated allergies causes fatigue in the work place and school environment. Dry eyes is a little atypical but the itchy eyes could feel like dry eyes. Other good OTC antihistamine medications are Zyrtec and Claritin. Good OTC nasal sprays are Flonase and Nasacort (triamcinolone). Nasal irrigation is helpful too.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Inflammation: Classically lymph node swelling is due to some type of inflammation or localized infection. Infection around the ear and scalp may cause intermittent preauricular lymph node swelling.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
No.: For the vast majority of patients, otitis externa (aka swimmer's ear) will not cause any facial nerve damage. Elderly patients, patients w/ poorly controlled diabetes, and immunocompromised patients are more at risk to develop malignant otitis externa. Left untreated, it has the potential to invade the bone around the ear and cause facial nerve damage. This is a rare condition.

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Testimonials
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Aug 10, 2013
great answers!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Zapanta is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Zapanta is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Yes !! tuesday as early as possible would be amazing, are flight arrive in washington ,dc at 5 pm on monday . This is a job that i will never get again ,i am very afraid that it might be nodule or......Read More
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you so much. I had a lot of watery like coming out last night and I think I dont have any now. Its dry. And it the feeling is better.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! New to this site but it has helped me to better articulate my concerns to my allergy MD. Thank you so much.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Virginia School of Medicine, VA
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV HOSPITAL

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA MEDICAL CENTER

Affiliations

United States Army
George Washington University Medical Center
Medical Faculty Associates
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