After Graduating from NYCOM,

Frances R. Zappalla, D.O.
Pediatric Cardiologist
Nemours Cardiac Center
AI du Pont Hospital for Children
Wilmington, DE

After graduating from NYCOM, I began my Pediatric Residency at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn – 1986-1989.  I was one of the first DO students there with a classmate – Robert Rabinowitz (class of 1985).

Upon completing residency, I began my fellowship at Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – 1989-1992. After that, I was at North Shore University hospital from 1992 to 1998 when I went to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip to help them start the Osteopathic Pediatric residency. I then left in November 1992 to go to the Nemours Cardiac Center at the AI du Pont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.

My primary focus is now Preventive Cardiology. From 2002 to 2008, I gave a 5 hour course on Pediatric Cardiology to the second year medical students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.  Unfortunately, the school hired a few pediatricians who are now giving all the pediatric lectures including mine on cardiology. I miss the students! However, I do have students from the Jefferson Medical College, which is our affiliate medical school, at AI du Pont. I am also a mentor for the AOA. I frequently have PCOM students rotating through my office via one of my pediatric colleagues in private practice in the Philadelphia suburbs.

I completed the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in 2009, and I am now in the process of starting an Integrative Medicine Program at the children’s hospital. It should hopefully start in July 2013.

I feel I had an excellent education at NYCOM. I was fortunate to have wonderful role models in Drs. Stanley Schiowitz, Robert Mancini, and Joseph Di Giovanna. I am very proud of our uniqueness and wish the students coming through embrace OMT and use it. Osteopathic medicine, OMT, and cranial manipulation are some of the topics Dr. Weil spoke highly of when he lectured at the Integrative Medicine Fellowship. There are now MD’s looking to learn how to do some of these techniques.

Our students should be proud of our history and what we have to offer patients.