Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jay Zampini recently joined Brigham and Women’s Comprehensive Spine Center at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. In his new role, Dr. Zampini will focus on “everything spine, from the bottom of the head to the top of the tail,” he says. This includes neck arthritis, pinched nerves in the neck and back, neck pain, back pain, back fractures, osteoporosis fractures, nerve compression, spinal stenosis and laminectomy.
Dr. Zampini studied chemistry and biology as an undergraduate at Drew University before attending UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He then completed an internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. In 2008, he completed a fellowship in orthopedic spine surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Most recently, he has served as orthopedic spine surgeon at the University Orthopaedic Institute at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Even as a teenager, Dr. Zampini knew he wanted to be a physician. When he got to medical school and started studying anatomy, his future specialty became clear. He says of the spine, “It’s a pretty elegant structure. It’s two dozen bones that are all similar but each unique and they function together to do just about everything for you. They keep your head up. They keep your organs supported. They give you mobility to get around.”
In the Brigham and Women’s Comprehensive Spine Center, Dr. Zampini looks forward to working with his colleagues as they explore appropriate operative and non-operative treatments for patients. “One of the things that drew me to this practice is the fact that it’s comprehensive. It’s a one-stop shop. You come with any neck or back problem and we hopefully can treat it. We have the right doctor for the right patient at the right time,” he says. Dr. Zampini is also excited for the opportunity to work with students. “I came here to teach. I like working with residents and fellows and medical students. That’s the stuff that keeps it fun. It would be a job otherwise,” he says.
When he’s not at work, Dr. Zampini enjoys both running and biking when he’s not working on remodeling his new home and chasing after his three little boys. “It’s a busy, messy house,” he jokes.
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