Dr. Zachary Cappello is an ear, nose, and throat physician who specializes in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a biochemistry degree. He earned his doctorate from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Cappello’s otolaryngology residency was in the University of Louisville School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. His fellowship in advanced rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery was at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Cappello has been involved in a number of research projects related to head and neck cancer surgery. He has also contributed to more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and poster presentations.

Dr. Cappello is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Rhinologic Society.

Dr. Cappello practices in our SouthPark (6035 Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC) office. To make an appointment with him, you may do so online or through myCEENTAchart.

Education & Fellowship

Bachelor of Science, University of Virginia, 2009

Doctor of Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine, 2013

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine, 2018

Advanced Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2019

Associations & Memberships

American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

American Rhinologic Society

North American Skull Base Society

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Cappello ZJ, Sindwani R, Roxbury C. Spine surgery through the nose: Endoscopic endonasal surgery for the craniovertebral junction pathology. Advances in Otolaryngology and Dentistry. 2019

Cappello ZJ, Ocal B, Gallia GL, Reh DD, Sindwani R, Higgins TS. Locoregional Control Rates Of Endoscopic Endonasal Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak Repairs: A Systematic Pooled-data Survival Analysis

Higgins TS, Cappello ZJ, Wu AW, Ting JY, Sindwani R. Predictors Of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Normalization After Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Dooley LM, Potts KL, Wilson LD, Cappello ZJ, Bumpous JM. Treatment outcome in the residually positive neck after definitive chemotherapy and irradiation. Laryngoscope. 121(8):1656-61, 2011

Cappello ZJ, Eid M, Cash, E, Wilson L, Tennant PA, Bumpous JM, Potts KL. Prognostic indications of p16 and smoking status in predicting the need for posttreatment neck dissection after chemoradiation therapy in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 94(4):908-909

Cappello ZJ, Bumpous JM. Is bilateral exploration still the standard of care for primary hyperparathyroidism?: outcomes of focused radio-guided parathyroidectomy and bilateral explorations. Laryngoscope 123(11):2587-8, 2013.

Cappello ZJ, Augenstein AC, Potts KL, McMasters KM, Bumpous JM. Sentinel lymph node status is the most important prognostic factor in patients with melanoma of the scalp. Laryngoscope. 123(6):1411-5, 2013.

Augenstein AC, Cappello ZJ, Little JA, McMasters KM, Bumpous JM. The importance of ulceration of cutaneous melanoma of the head and neck: a comparison of the ear (pinna) and nonear sites. Laryngoscope. 122(11):2468-72, 2012.

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