Edward J. Zampella, MD, FACS, is vice president of medical staff and attending neurosurgeon at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, New Jersey. In addition, he is attending neurosurgeon at Morristown Medical Center. He is also clinical assistant professor of neurological surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School in Newark.
Dr. Zampella earned his BA in microbiology and philosophy as a Henry Rutgers Honors Scholar at Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ and his MD at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. His internship in surgery was completed at the University of Pennsylvania and Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, where he was named Outstanding Intern. His residencies in neurological surgery were completed at the University of Alabama Hospitals and Clinics, where he was designated chief resident, as well as Charing Cross Hospital, National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, England.
Dr. Zampella's clinical and research interests include stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, stereotactic radiosurgery/CyberKnife, neurosurgical management of chronic and acute pain, and pediatric neurosurgery. His articles on these and related topics are published in scientific journals such as Cancer, Journal of Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neuroscience. Dr. Zampella is the author of Percutaneous Treatment Methods in Trigeminal Neuralgia, which is published in Handbook of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. A fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Pain Medicine, he is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery, Joint Committee on Pain, Joint Section on Tumors, Medical Society of New Jersey, New Jersey Neurosurgical Society, Academy of Medicine of New Jersey, American Trauma Society and Neuro-modulation Society. Dr. Zampella is past president of the New Jersey Neurosurgical Society.
“Despite the vast technological and socioeconomic changes that have occurred in medicine since I started practice 20 years ago, the basics tenets of practice remain the same,” says Dr. Zampella. “First, put your patient's needs before your own. Second, treat your patient as you would a beloved member of your family. Third, always be honest in all dealings with your patients and other physicians and nurses. If you adhere to these three rules, and keep up with your reading, you will always be a respected and successful physician.”