Professor Carl Philpott

Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon

MB ChB, DLO, FRCS(ORL-HNS), MD, PGCME


Specialises in

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

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.

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 treatable cause for their loss of smell or taste.

I have established advanced sinus surgery at the James Paget Hospital, Norfolk, replacing old techniques.

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 for 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 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.

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.

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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

Clinical interests

Allergy
Ear, nose and throat
Head and neck surgery
Laryngology
Paediatric otolaryngology
Rhinology
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).

Research and publications

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.

Media Coverage

www.smelltraining.co.uk

ENT UK

Fifth Sense

Sinusitis surgery: what to expect

Current NHS posts

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

Personal profile

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.

Contact information

Telephone 01603 255 574
Private secretary Dannii Spauls
Private secretary telephone 01603 255 528 (Secretary) Smell and Taste Appointments
Private secretary email danielle.spauls@spirehealthcare.com