Professor Carl Philpott

Professor Carl Philpott

Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon

Practising at

Spire Norwich Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Carl Philpott at Spire include:

Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)

Other treatments

  • Allergy
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Laryngology
  • Paediatric otolaryngology
  • Rhinology
  • Voice disorders

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Professional profile

My main clinical interests include the medical and surgical treatment of chronic Rhinosinusitis, allergic fungal Rhinosinusitis and other sino-nasal disorders. I established the first dedicated ENT image-guided sinus surgery facility in East Anglia and now run a regular sinus surgery course at University of East Anglia (UEA) and in Cambridge.

In 2010 I was appointed as an Academic Surgeon to the UEA. As Professor of Rhinology & Olfactology, I lead on a number of research projects related to chronic sinusitis and smell and taste disorders. I am currently co-leading a programme involving a major trial patients with chronic sinusitis across the UK. Other research roles include being ENT Lead for the Eastern Local Clinical Research Network; Research Lead for the British Rhinological Society and Vice President of the British Otorhinolaryngology & Allied Sciences Research Society.

I am a graduate of Leicester University Medical School and completed my basic surgical training in the University Hospitals of Leicester before undertaking a period of research into developing apparatus for testing the sense of smell, which culminated in my MD Thesis. My specialist training was completed in East Anglia and I also spent time at the St Paul’s Sinus Centre in Vancouver, Canada and at the Smell & Taste Clinic at Dresden University, Germany.

I have established advanced sinus surgery at the James Paget Hospital, Norfolk, replacing old techniques and also set up the first Smell and Taste Clinic to be established in the UK and receives referrals from around the country. Approximately 50% of patients seen in the clinic have a treatable cause for their loss of smell or taste.

I am the course organiser for the East Anglian Sinus Surgery and Skull Base course and am an instructor and speaker at other sinus surgery courses. I have also undertaken humanitarian work in Kampala, Uganda training local surgeons on how to use minimal access surgery to treat nose and sinus diseases. And I am a trustee of the patient-led charity, Fifth Sense.

Clinical Interests

Ear, nose and throat
Head and neck surgery
Paediatric otolaryngology
Voice disorders
Sinus surgery
Hearing loss

Nose and sinus problems including image-guided endoscopic sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty, hayfever, nasal polys, nosebleeds and facial pain; smell and taste disorders; tumours; repair of brain fluid leaks; blocked tear ducts; facial skin lumps and nasal deformity (eg broken / crooked noses).

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Media Coverage


Fifth Sense

Sinusitis surgery: what to expect

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Royal College of Surgeons of England
British Association of Otorhinolaryngologist/Head & Neck Surgeons (ENT UK) (Member of Council)
British Rhinological Society (Member of Council)
British Medical Association
British Society of Academic Otolaryngologists
Royal Society of Medicine
American Academy of Otorhinolaryngologist/Head & Neck Surgery
European Chemosensory Research Organisation
UK Semiochemistry Network
Journal Reviewer for Rhinology, Clinical Otolaryngology Chemical Senses and Archives of Otorhinolayrngology/Head & Neck Surgery
Trustee of the charity Fifth Sense

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Current NHS posts

Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon, James Paget University Hospital
Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
Senior Lecturer in Otorhinolaryngology at University of East Anglia

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Personal Profile

Mr Philpott is married with three children; his wife is a General Practitioner in Norfolk. His interests include foreign travel, tennis, golf and skiing, the latter having benefited greatly from a year living in Canada – the Whistler Bowl is a must for any hardened skier! A love of Formula One, European history and developing his culinary skills help occupy some spare time too.

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Private contact details

Telephone 01603 255 574
Private secretary Dannii Spauls and Jilla Williams
Private secretary telephone 01603 255 528 (Secretary) Smell and Taste Appointments
Private secretary email