Professor Carl Philpott

Professor Carl Philpott

Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon


Specialises in

  • Ear, nose and throat problems
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Laryngology, including voice disorders
  • Rhinology
  • Smell and taste disorders

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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 and Taste Clinic at Dresden University, Germany.

In 2010 I was appointed as an Academic Surgeon to the UEA. As Professor of Rhinology and 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 for patients with chronic sinusitis across the UK (MACRO Trial) and a proof of concept study for vitamin A in post-viral olfactory dysfunction (APOLLO trial). Other research roles include being ENT Lead for the Eastern Local Clinical Research Network and President of the British Otorhinolaryngology & Allied Sciences Research Society. For further details visit:

Working towards broadening our understanding of ENT diseases | Rhinology and ENT Research Group (

I am a trustee of the patient-led charity, Fifth Sense and in partnership with the charity we hosted the UK’s first smell and taste symposium for clinicians and researchers in May 2022.

My main clinical interests include smell and taste disorders, 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). I established the UK's first dedicated smell and taste clinic. With over 10 years' experience of seeing over 1,000 patients with smell and taste disorders, I am able to offer a comprehensive assessment and potential treatment plan for affected individuals. Approximately 50% of patients seen in the clinic have a potentially treatable cause for their loss of smell or taste. I also see a range of general ENT problems including sore throats, voice problems, ear problems and neck lumps.


General Medical Council Number: C4510862

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
  • Smell and taste disorders
  • Voice disorders

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Additional information

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

Special clinical interests: 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).

As a senior lecturer at UEA Mr Philpott is involved in a number of research projects including:

The patient experience of suffering with chronic sinusitis A study of the risk factors of chronic sinusitis The study of the costs of chronic sinusitis to patients and the NHS An analysis of the evidence for treatments of chronic sinusitis and their cost-effectiveness Developing new smell testing equipment Pioneering new treatments for smell and taste disorders Topical (direct to the nose) therapies for sinusitis Improved understanding of underlying mechanisms of various forms of sinusitis Screening for Parkinson's disease through the sense of smell New trials to determine the best use of antibiotics in chronic sinusitis

Mr Philpott's academic and administrative roles include: Honorary secretary of the British Society for Academic Otorhiolaryngologists ENT Lead for the Eastern Clinical Research Network Public and Patient Involvement Champion for the NIHR ENT Speciality Group Chair of the British Rhinological Society Research Group and a member of the BRS Council East Anglian Representative to the ENT UK Council Chair of the Professionalism Committee and Module 7 Lead, Norwich Medical School Member of the Research and Development Governance Committee, James Paget University Hospital Author/editor of the trainee revision book "Bullet Points in ENT" and contributor to a number of ENT text books.

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Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon, James Paget University Hospital.

Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Senior Lecturer in Otorhinolaryngology, University of East Anglia.

I am married with three children; my wife is a General Practitioner in Norfolk. My 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 my culinary skills help occupy some spare time too.

Telephone 01603 255 574
Private secretary Lauren Houseago
Private secretary telephone 01603 255 622 (Secretary) Smell and Taste Appointments
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