Biography

Prof. Carl Philpott MB ChB DLO FRCS(ORL-HNS) MD PGCME
Professor of Rhinology & Olfactology
Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon & Rhinologist
James Paget and Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals

I was appointed as an academic surgeon to the University of East Anglia in 2010, funded in part by the Anthony Long Trust. As Professor of Rhinology & Olfactology at UEA, I lead on a number of research projects related to chronic sinusitis and smell and taste disorders. In conjunction with my colleague Claire Hopkins, we lead the MACRO Programme Grant awarded by NIHR for £3.2 million, supported by a team of colleagues from UCL, University of Southampton and University of Oxford. The programme will involve a major trial of 600 patients with chronic sinusitis across 16 centres in the UK. Other research roles include being ENT Lead for the Eastern Local Clinical Research Network,  Research Lead for the British Rhinological Society where I have helped to shape the national research priorities for nose and sinuses diseases 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, during which time I 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. 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 UEA.

I have also spent time at the Dresden University Smell & Taste Clinic learning techniques for assessing and researching the sense of smell and am now the Director of the first British Smell & Taste Clinic and receive referrals from around the UK. This provides the opportunity to research the impact of olfactory disorders on sufferers and I am currently running a trial for a potential new treatment for a reduced sense of smell. Furthermore I have helped establish a patient led charity, Fifth Sense, which now has over 2500 members around the UK.

Career History

  • Professor of Rhinology & Olfactology/Honorary Consultant Rhinologist 2017 onwards
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon & Rhinologist  2010-7
  • Specialist Registrar, Eastern Deanery 2004-2010
  • Rhinology and Anterior Skull Base Fellow, St Paul’s Sinus Centre, Vancouver 2008-9
  • Clinical Research Fellow, University Hospitals of Leicester 2003-4
  • Senior House Officer 1999-2002
  • Pre-Registration House Officer 1998-9
  • Qualified Leicester Medical School 1998

Academic Background

  • Professionalism Lead for Norwich Medical School
  • ENT Lead for the Eastern Clinical Research Network  
  • Research Lead for British Rhinological Society and English Representative  on  the BRS Council
  • PPI Champion for the NIHR ENT Specialty Group
  • Vice-President of the British Otorhinolaryngology & Allied sciences Research Society
  • Honorary Secretary to ENT UK
  • Section Editor for Clinical Otolaryngology

All Publications

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Schriever, V. A., Agosin, E., Altundag, A., Avni, H., Cao Van, H., Cornejo, C., de los Santos, G., Fishman, G., Fragola, C., Guarneros, M., Gupta, N., Hudson, R., Kamel, R., Knaapila, A., Konstantinidis, I., Landis, B. N., Larsson, M., Lundström, J. N., Macchi, A., Mariño-Sánchez, F., Martinec Nováková, L., Mori, E., Mullol, J., Nord, M., Parma, V., Philpott, C., Propst, E. J., Rawan, A., Sandell, M., Sorokowska, A., Sorokowski, P., Sparing-Paschke, L., Stetzler, C., Valder, C., Vodicka, J., Hummel, T.

(2018)

Development of an International Odor Identification Test for Children: The Universal Sniff Test,

in Journal of Pediatrics

198

pp. 265-272.e3

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Philpott, C. M., Erskine, S., Hopkins, C., Kumar, N., Anari, S., Kara, N., Sunkaraneni, S., Ray, J., Clark, A., Wilson, A.

(2018)

Prevalence of asthma, aspirin sensitivity and allergy in chronic rhinosinusitis: data from the UK National Chronic Rhinosinusitis Epidemiology Study,

in Respiratory Research

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(1)

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Philpott, C.

(2018)

Article recommendation: Monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis: a systematic review,

Full Text

(Book/Film/Article review)

(Published)


Philpott, C., Erskine, S., Smith, R., Hopkins, C., Kara, N., Farboud, A., Salam, M., Robertson, A., Almeyda, R., Kumar, B. N., Anari, S., Ray, J., Cathcart, R., Carrie, S., Ahmed, S., Khalil, H., Clark, A., Thomas, M.

(2018)

Current use of baseline medical treatment in chronic rhinosinusitis: Data from the National Chronic Rhinosinusitis Epidemiology Study (CRES),

in Clinical Otolaryngology

43

(2)

pp. 509–524

Full Text UEA Repository

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(Published)


Maniakas, A., Desrosiers, M., Asmar, M., Al Falasi, M., Mfuna Endam, L., Hopkins, C., Philpott, C., Erskine, S., Smith, R., Kilty, S.

(2018)

Eustachian tube symptoms are frequent in chronic rhinosinusitis and respond well to endoscopic sinus surgery,

in Rhinology

56

(2)

article no. 1795

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Jennings, B. A., Prinsley, P., Philpott, C., Willis, G., Bhutta, M. F.

(2018)

The genetics of cholesteatoma. A systematic review using narrative synthesis,

in Clinical Otolaryngology

43

(1)

pp. 55–67

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Bewick, J., Morris, S., Hopkins, C., Erskine, S., Philpott, C.

(2018)

Health utility reporting in Chronic Rhinosinusitis patients,

in Clinical Otolaryngology

43

(1)

pp. 90–95

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(Article)

(Published)


Hopkins, C., Hettige, R., Soni-Jaiswal, A., Lakhani, R., Carrie, S., Cervin, A., Douglas, R., Fokkens, W., Harvey, R., Hellings, P., Leunig, A., Lund, V., Philpott, C., Smith, T., Wang, D., Rudmik, L.

(2018)

CHronic Rhinosinusitis Outcome MEasures (CHROME), developing a core outcome set for trials of interventions in chronic rhinosinusitis,

in Rhinology

56

(1)

pp. 22-32

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(Article)

(Published)


Philpott, C., Erskine, S., Clark, A., Leeper, A., Salam, M., Sharma, R., Murty, G., Hummel, T.

(2017)

A Randomised Controlled Trial of Sodium Citrate Spray for Non-Conductive Olfactory Disorders,

in Clinical Otolaryngology

42

(6)

pp. 1295–1302

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Khan, M., Conroy, K., Ubayasiri, K., Constable, J., Smith, M. E., Williams, R. J., Kuhn, I., Smith, M., Philpott, C.

(2017)

Initial assessment in the management of adult epistaxis: systematic review,

in Journal of Laryngology & Otology

131

(12)

pp. 1035-1055

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


(2017)

The British Rhinological Society multidisciplinary consensus recommendations on the hospital management of epistaxis,

in Journal of Laryngology & Otology

131

(12)

pp. 1142-1156

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Erskine, S. E., Hopkins, C., Clark, A., Anari, S., Robertson, A., Sunkaraneni, S., Wilson, J. A., Beezhold, J., Philpott, C. M.

(2017)

Chronic rhinosinusitis and mood disturbance,

in Rhinology

55

(2)

pp. 113-119

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Carter, A., Jackson, R., Philpott, C., Hopkins, C.

(2017)

Current practice in septal surgery and adjunctive turbinate reduction: a multi-site experience in 226 consecutive cases,

in Clinical Otolaryngology

42

(3)

pp. 762–764

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Hummel, T., Whitcroft, K., Andrews, P., Altundag, A., Cinghi, C., Costanzo, R., Damm, M., Frasnelli, J., Gudziol, H., Gupta, N., Haehner, A., Holbrook, E., Hong, S., Hornung, D., Hüttenbrink, K., Kamel, R., Kobayashi, M., Konstantinidis, I., Landis, B., Leopold, D., Macchi, A., Miwa, T., Moesges, R., Mullol, J., Mueller, C., Ottaviano, G., Passali, G., Philpott, C., Pinto, J., Ramakrishnan, V., Rombaux, P., Roth, Y., Schlosser, R., Shu, B., Soler, G., Stjärne, P., Stuck, B., Vodicka, J., Welge-Luessen, A.

(2017)

Position Paper on Olfactory Dysfunction,

in Rhinology. Supplement

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(26)

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Erskine, S., Hopkins, C., Clark, A., Anari, S., Kumar, N., Robertson, A., Sunkaraneni, V., Wilson, J. A., Carrie, S., Kara, N., Ray, J., Smith, R., Philpott, C.

(2017)

SNOT-22 in a Control Population,

in Clinical Otolaryngology

42

(1)

pp. 81–85

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(Article)

(Published)


Bewick, J., Ahmed, S., Carrie, S., Hopkins, C., Sama, A., Sunkaraneni, V., Woods, J., Morris, S., Erskine, S., Philpott, C.

(2017)

The value of a Feasibility Study into long-term Macrolide therapy in Chronic Rhinosinusitis,

in Clinical Otolaryngology

42

(1)

pp. 131–138

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(Article)

(Published)


Hellings, P., Akdis, C., Bachert, C., Bousquet, J., Pugin, B., Adriaensen, G., Advani, R., Agache, I., Anjo, C., Anmolsingh, R., Annoni, E., Bieber, T., Bizaki, A., Braverman, I., Callebaut, I., Castillo Vizuete, J., Chalermwatanachai, T., Chmielewski, R., Cingi, C., Cools, L., Coppije, C., Cornet, M., De Boeck, I., De Corso, E., De Greve, G., Doulaptsi, M., Erskine, S., Gevaert, E., Gevaert, P., Golebski, K., Hopkins, C., Hox, V., Jaeggi, C., Joos, G., Khwaja, S., Kjeldsen, A., Klimek, L., Koennecke, M., Kortekaas Krohn, I., Krysko, O., Kumar, B., Langdon, C., Lange, B., Lekakis, G., Levie, P., Lourijsen, E., Lund, V., Martens, K., Mösges, R., Mullol, J., Nyembue, T., Palkonen, S., Philpott, C., Pimentel, J., Poirrier, A., Pratas, A., Prokopakis, E., Pujols, L., Rombaux, P., Schmidt-Weber, C., Segboer, C., Spacova, I., Staikuniene, J., Steelant, B., Steinsvik, E., Teufelberger, A., Van Gerven, L., Van Gool, K., Verbrugge, R., Verhaeghe, B., Virkkula, P., Vlaminck, S., Vries-Uss, E., Wagenmann, M., Zuberbier, T., Seys, S., Fokkens, W.

(2017)

EUFOREA Rhinology Research Forum 2016: report of the brainstorming sessions on needs and priorities in rhinitis and rhinosinusitis,

Rhinology

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(Commissioned report)

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Key Research Interests

Previous and active studies include: 

  • The patient experience of suffering with chronic sinusitis
  • A study of the risk factors of chronic sinusitis (CRES)
  • Study of the costs of chronic sinusitis to patients and the NHS (SoCCoR)
  • Pioneering new treatments for smell and taste disorders
  • Improved understanding of underlying mechanisms of various forms of sinusitis
  • Screening for Parkinson's disease through the sense of smell
  • New trial to determine the best use of antibiotics and surgery in chronic sinusitis (MACRO Programme)
  • The impact of chemosensory disorders on sufferers
  • The genetics of cholesteatoma

Research Keywords

rhinosinusitis

Image guided surgery

Olfactory disorders

Endoscopic sinus surgery

Gustatory disorders

Balloon sinuplasty

rhinitis

anosmia

Allergic fungal sinusitis

Eustachian tube dysfunction

Postgraduate Research Student Supervision

ENT disorders
Combined airways disease
Olfactory and gustatory disorder

Highlighted Publications

  • Bewick J, Ahmed S, Carrie S, Hopkins C, Sama A, Sunkaraneni V et al. The value of a Feasibility Study into long-term Macrolide therapy in Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Clinical Otolaryngology. 2017 Feb;42(1):131–138. Available from, DOI: 10.1111/coa.12685
  • Chong LY, Head K, Hopkins C, Philpott C, Burton MJ, Schilder AGM. Different types of intranasal steroids for chronic rhinosinusitis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2016 Apr 26. CD011993. Available from, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011993.pub2 
  • Chong LY, Head K, Hopkins C, Philpott C, Schilder AG, Burton MJ. Intranasal steroids versus placebo or no intervention for chronic rhinosinusitis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2016 Apr 26. CD011996. Available from, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011996.pub2
  • Chong LY, Head K, Hopkins C, Philpott C, Glew S, Scadding G et al. Saline irrigation for chronic rhinosinusitis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2016 Apr 26. CD011995. Available from, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011995.pub2
  • Head K, Chong LY, Hopkins C, Philpott C, Burton MJ, Schilder AGM. Short-course oral steroids alone for chronic rhinosinusitis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2016 Apr 26. CD011991. Available from, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011991.pub2
  • Head K, Chong LY, Hopkins C, Philpott C, Schilder AGM, Burton MJ. Short-course oral steroids as an adjunct therapy for chronic rhinosinusitis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2016 Apr 26. CD011992. Available from, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011992.pub2
  • Head K, Chong LY, Piromchai P, Hopkins C, Philpott C, Schilder AGM et al. Systemic and topical antibiotics for chronic rhinosinusitis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2016 Apr 26. CD011994. Available from, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011994.pub2
  • Hopkins C, Philpott C, Schilder A, Degun A, Crowe S, Regan S et al. Identifying the most important outcomes for systematic reviews of interventions for rhinosinusitis in adults: working with Patients, Public and Practitioners. Rhinology. 2016 Mar;54(1):20-26.
  • Erskine S, Verkerk M, Notley C, Williamson I, Philpott C. Chronic Rhinosinusitis: Patient Experiences of Primary and Secondary Care - A Qualitative Study. Clinical Otolaryngology. 2016 Feb;41(1):8-14. Available from, DOI: 10.1111/coa.12462
  • Philpott C, Erskine S, Hopkins C, Coombes E, Kara N, Sunkaraneni V et al. A case-control study of medical, psychological and socio-economic factors influencing the severity of chronic rhinosinusitis. Rhinology. 2016;54(2):134-140.
  • Erskine S, Hopkins C, Kumar N, Wilson J, Clark A, Robertson A et al. A cross sectional analysis of a case-control study about quality of life in CRS in the UK; a comparison between CRS subtypes. Rhinology. 2016;54(4):311-315.
  • Whitcroft KL, Merkonidis C, Cuevas M, Haehner A, Philpott C, Hummel T. Intranasal sodium citrate solution improves olfaction in post-viral hyposmia. Rhinology. 2016;54(4):368-374.
  • Soni-Jaiswal A, Philpott C, Hopkins C. The Impact of Commissioning for Rhinosinusitis in England. Clinical Otolaryngology. 2015 Dec;40(6):639–645. Available from, DOI: 10.1111/coa.12430
  • Erskine S, Philpott C. The prevalence of aspirin sensitivity and asthma in allergic fungal rhinosinusitis: a national case-control study. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 2015 Dec;45(12):1885-1886. Available from, DOI: 10.1111/cea.12656
  • Philpott C, Hopkins C, Erskine S, Kumar N, Robertson A, Farboud A et al. The Burden of Revision Sinonasal Surgery in the UK – Data from the Chronic Rhinosinusitis Epidemiology Study (CRES); a cross sectional study. BMJ Open. 2015 Apr 29;5(4). e006680. Available from, DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006680 , 10.5061/dryad.kt32c
  • Philpott CM, Boak D. The Impact of Olfactory Disorders in the United Kingdom. Chemical Senses. 2014;39(8):711-718. Available from, DOI: 10.1093/chemse/bju043

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate ENT teaching

Postgraduate training in ENT – especially sinus anatomy, physiology and surgery

Teaching observations for PGCME students

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Instructor at Newcastle Sinus Course March 2014
  • Instructor at Guildford Sinus Course June 2013
  • Instructor at Vancouver Sinus Course July 2012
  • Speaker at Dresden Smell & Taste Disorders Course October 2013
  • Chair of the Rhinology Research Group, BRS May 2013
  • Other invited speaker slots – see rPlan
  • Enterprise and Engagement activities
  • Hosting the annual BRS Conference in Norwich May 2014
  • East Anglian Sinus Surgery Course in Norwich May 2014
  • Fifth Sense Members Conference September 2013

Administrative Posts

Professionalism Lead - Norwich Medical School

ENT Lead for the Eastern CRN