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Dr. Phil Zapanta

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

Locations

Division of Otolaryngology - George Washington University

Washington, DC

Address

2021 K Street, NW, Suite 206, Washington, DC
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My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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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

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198 Answers
158 Agrees
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 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 co... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: Any type of imperfection on the vocal cords will limit vocal cord vibration. This will cause hoarseness. Classic vocal cord nodules can be treated w... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Good question: This is very patient dependent and it requires an honest discussion with your ENT doctor. If you have failed maximal medical therapy, then surgery is... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: If one has enough difficulty in swallowing, then one may not drink enough fluids to stay hydrated. This dehydration needs to be treated immediately a... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Several options: After you see an ent, there are several options: 1. Voice therapy by a speech pathologist, 2. The ENT can inject substances into your vocal cords to h... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
See below: -make sure water doesn't enter your ear -do not scratch your ear; do not use q-tips in your ear. I understand your situation. If you do no improve... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
See ENT: If you are having recurrent tonsillitis despite the antibiotics, you will need to see an ent. The ENT will need to examine your tonsils and have a di... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
It is possible: The most common tick bite disease, lyme disease, can cause a sore throat but it is commonly known for its "target" lesion. Oropharyngeal tularemia is... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Yes.: Short term, the heat from the cigarettes can cause a pseudo-thermal burn on the vocal cords. This can cause edema of the vocal cords (reinke's edema).... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Not really: It is okay to exercise when you have a sore throat, but you may not be able to obtain optimum performance due to possible underlying factors causing t... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: This may be a sinus infection, viral or bacterial. If it is only several days, it is likely viral. If it has been longer than 7 days, then it is like... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
May make TMJ worse: Tmj problems refers to problems with the jaw joint in front of the ear (temporomandibular joint). Typically the problems arise from some form of mech... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Talk and examine: Surprisingly, there can be many different causes for a chronic sore throat (tonsillitis, post-nasal drip, reflux, allergies, etc). Your otolaryngolog... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Tonsil stones: It is possible that you have tonsil stones (tonsilloliths) in your tonsils. Your tonsils may have pits (crypts) and food can accumulate here. Over t... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
May be too loud: It is possible that you have the volume too loud. Prolonged intense noise exposure will cause hearing loss and this may lead to tinnitus (ringing in ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Another possibility: There's another reason for dark circles under the eyes. It could mean venous congestion under the eyes due to the lining in your nose being too swoll... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
It is possible: It depends on how severe the sinusitis is. In some patients untreated sinusitis will lead to eye complications: double vision, severe eye infections,... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
This is normal: This is likely due to post operative swelling and mucus. I typically tell my patients don't expect total improvement until all this resolves. Depend... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
3-4 classic symptoms: Tinnitus (ringing in the ears), ear fullness, vertigo (false sense of motion), and hearing loss. All these symptoms can be episodic meaning that you ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Throat problem: You might be having referred pain from your throat. Your throat may be the source of your ear discomfort. This can range from a pharyngitis to refl... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Decongestants: Assuming you have seen a doctor for abx, you can also use a decongestant nasal spray to help "drain" or relieve the pressure in your ears via the eust... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Within 3 months: Typically ~90% of patients will clear the effusion within 3 months. Taking medications such as a topical decongestant (nasal steroids) may speed the ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
See ENT/allergist: You may be more sensitive to allergens than others or the combinations of medications you are using is not the right selection for you. Worst case sc... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Congential syndrome: It is a syndrome commonly associated with sensorineural hearing loss and retinitis pigementosa. It can account for up to 50% of patients with both de... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Nasal or oral: For simple nasal congestion after a cold, you can use: oxymetazoline nasal spray, over the counter oral decongestants, or a saline irrigation solution... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Many reasons: But the underlying problem is something affecting the vibration of your vocal cords. The vocal cords are like two strands of a rubber band. When the... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Hydration: Increasing the hydration of your nose may be helpful. Try using saline nasal spray or nasal gel to help soothe your nasal lining. Definitely avoid t... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Re-evaluation: You will need to have your pediatrician examine your baby again.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
High: Assuming one parathyroid adenoma in the setting of primary hyperparathyroidism (one gland disease) , the surgical cure rate can be as high as 95%. On... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Not really: If you are medically paralyzed, your breathing muscles (mostly the diaphragm) will be weakened. However, most patients are not completely paralyzed f... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Probably not.: There are various reasons for waking up with a sore throat. In no particular order, the post common reasons include: gastric reflux, allergies due to... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Big blood vessel: The cavernous sinuses are actually not the stereotypical sinuses that most people talk about. If you have sinusitis, you will have inflammation of yo... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: It is safe to gently pop your ears to equalize the pressure. However, if it takes extreme effort to pop your ears, don't keep on trying. If you cont... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
It takes effort: Provided that you don't want to use a hearing aid, there are options. 1. Face the person and talk while eliminating any background or competing noise.... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Yes and no: There is no magic pill that will cure hearing loss (hl). Classic hl is due to aging and hearing aids can help us cope. If the hl is due to chronic inf... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Infection: Typically, a tender swollen lymph node means your body is trying to fight a localized infection. Most of the time, these events are self-limited. If... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Chronic hoarseness: You should see an ENT when you have a persistently hoarse voice. This is especially true when one has a strong history of smoking and drinking. Othe... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: The goal is to decongest the sinuses and to help expel the excess mucus. Nasal irrigations, decongestants (oral and nasal sprays), steroids, (oral and... Read More
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A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
See your doctor: A new throat growth is definitely concerning. You should see your doctor (and eventually an ENT - otolaryngologist) so he can perform a complete hist... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
See ENT: At some point you will need to see an otolaryngologist (ENT) to evaluate your nose and nasal breathing. In the meantime you could try to use over the... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Not a big deal: It just means that your frontal sinuses (located in your forehead) haven't developed as much as the average patient. This does not put you at a hea... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Heart condition: This is likely a heart condition that needs to be evaluated asap. When the heart is not working efficiently or effectively, the heart may not pump as... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Possible infection: Assuming your bf didn't use a q-tip in his ears, he may have had fluid behind his ear drum. Then at some point the volume because too much and the ea... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Hydration: Perhaps, the simplest answer is simple hydration with water. Salt water rinses might be helpful. If you think the phlegm is coming from your sinuses... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Be careful: As soon as possible, you will need to see an ENT doctor who has a strong interest in voice. Ent needs to visualize your vocal cords to determine if ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Likely normal: We have many lymph nodes in our neck. They are more noticeable (easly palpable) in thin patients and in patients who have an active infection or inf... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
This should resolve: With significant nose bleeds, the blood may travel up the eustachian tube to your middle ear. In the middle ear, it will be bordered by your ear drum... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Maybe: You are at risk in getting tonsillitis as well. Don't share food, cups, utensils, napkins, etc. Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently a... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Great question: This is a question my students and ENT residents ask all the time. Sometimes the difference on exam is subtle. They both can cause laryngeal edema, ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
It may be allergies: Try to determine if there is a known trigger causing your runny nose. Keeping a journal might be helpful with this. Also try an over the counter ant... Read More
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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

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, District Of Columbia - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, District Of Columbia - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, District Of Columbia - Winter
2013

Affiliations

United States Army
George Washington University Medical Center
Medical Faculty Associates
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