Philip Zapanta, MD, FACS is board-certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. As an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist, Dr. Zapanta also serves as the Otolaryngology Residency Program Director, Clinical Skills and Reasoning Instructor, Medical Student Otolaryngology Clerkship Director, and Associate Professor of Surgery at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.
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 completed his residency at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He also earned a graduate certificate in Leadership Development from the George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
Dr. Zapanta has multiple journal and book publications, has developed several national education modules, and has presented and lectured at the local and national levels and in combat zones. He has a strong interest in resident and medical student education. In recognition of his teaching achievements, he has twice been named as the Non-Medicine Attending of the Year by the Department of Medicine residents and was recently awarded the inaugural Otolaryngology Clinical Teaching Award by the Division of Otolaryngology residents. For his clinical work, the Washingtonian and Northern Virginia Magazine has repeatedly named Dr. Zapanta as one of Washington, DC’s top doctors and otolaryngologists.
Dr. Zapanta serves as a Colonel in the United States Army Reserves Medical Corps and has been an active reservist since joining after 9/11. His missions have included Fort Sill, Fort Wainwright, Fort Hunter Liggett, Fort Polk, Fort Campbell, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was recently deployed to Iraq as an ENT trauma surgeon in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He has received military awards for his service including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster, the Army Reserves Component Achievement Medal with 2 bronze oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze hourglass and mobilization device, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, and the Army Physical Fitness Badge. His reserve duty includes being the faculty advisor for GWU's Military Medical Student Association.
Dr. Zapanta’s 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.
His clinical interests include snoring and sleep apnea surgery, facial trauma, otolaryngic allergy, sinus and nasal disorders, endoscopic sinus surgery (including balloon sinuplasty), hoarseness, and general ear disease. His research interests focus on medical student and resident education, sleep apnea, and facial/neck trauma.