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Carl Philpott

Carl Philpott


Rhinology, Olfactology and Anterior Skull Base

Clinical problems seen:

  • Smell and taste disorders
  • Nose and sinus problems including hayfever, nasal polyps, facial pain, various forms of sinusitis, nosebleeds and tumours (blocked, bleeding, runny, painful and broken noses.)

Procedures performed:

  • Image guided endoscopic sinus surgery for sinusitis and other sinus disorders.
  • Balloon sinuplasty
  • Endoscopic repair of brain fluid leaks
  • Endoscopic removal of nose and sinus tumours
  • Endoscopic transnasal eye surgery - orbital decompression for thyroid eye disease, dacrocystorhinostomy for blocked tear ducts/watery eyes
  • Septoplasty and septorhinoplasty (to correct internal and external nasal deformities)
  • Endoscopic clipping of blood vessels for nosebleeds


A graduate of Leicester University Medical School, Prof Philpott completed his basic surgical training in the University Hospitals of Leicester before undertaking a period of research into developing apparatus for testing the sense of smell. His specialist training was completed in East Anglia, during which time he spent a year at the St Paul’s Sinus Centre in Vancouver, Canada learning advanced skills in endoscopic sinus surgery for inflammatory diseases of the nose and sinuses as well as tumours of the sinuses and anterior skull base. His main clinical interests include the medical and surgical treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis, allergic fungal rhinosinusitis and other sino-nasal disorders, as well as addressing functional and cosmetic aspects of the nose through rhinoplasty.

Prof Philpott also spent time at the Dresden University Smell & Taste Clinic learning techniques for assessing and researching the sense of smell. As Professor of Rhinology and Olfactology at the University of East Anglia, he is responsible for leading research into disorders of the Ear, Nose and Throat as well as educating trainee doctors in the specialty. One of his primary objectives has been establishing a centre for the treatment and research of smell and taste disorders, as there was previously no national centre in existence. He now leads a £3.2 million programme of research into chronic rhinosinusitis. He also supervises laboratory research into biomarkers for the disease and new trials into treatments for smell disorders. More information about research studies can be found at

Additional information:

Professor Philpott is a member of the following professional bodies:

  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • British Association of Otorhinolaryngologist/Head & Neck Surgeons (ENT UK) (Honorary Secretary)
  • British Rhinological Society (Member of Council and Research Lead)
  • British Medical Association
  • British Otorhinolaryngology and Allied Sciences Research Society (Vice-President)all
  • Rhinosinusitis Commissioning Task Force for ENT UK
  • European Chemosensory Research Organisation
  • UK Semiochemistry Network
  • Associate Editor for Clinical Otolaryngology
  • European Working Group on Clinical Disorders of Olfaction
  • European position paper on Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyps
  • UK Council of Teachers of Professionalism

Contact Prof Carl Philpott


Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon & Rhinologist. Professor of Rhinology and Olfactology. Director of The Smell & Taste Clinic (Joint post with UEA)


Ear, Nose & Throat

Medical Qualifications:


Secretary Name:

Brenda Peck

Secretary Phone:

01493 452832