About the Clinic
Our experienced faculty evaluate and treat patients who have lost their sense of smell or taste due to instances like a head injury, exposure to hazardous materials, nerve damage or a viral infection such as COVID-19. The extensive evaluation process is about more than just a medical diagnosis – it's also about supporting patients and validating the underlying problem.
After a thorough examination, we recommend treatment when possible and discuss ways to compensate for a loss of taste and smell such as noting expiration dates on perishable foods, trying different spices and flavors, regularly changing smoke detector batteries and savoring the remaining healthy senses.
To further understand these disorders and improve treatment options for patients, many of our faculty are actively involved in both clinical and laboratory research.
Richard Costanzo, Ph.D. and Daniel Coelho, M.D., are developing an olfactory implant system to treat patients with anosmia (loss of smell). The technology applies the concepts of brain stimulation to restore sense of smell, similar to the method in which a cochlear implant restores hearing.
Costanzo and Coelho received funding from the MEDARVA Foundation, and they intend to conduct human pilot studies to further their proof of concept.
ENT faculty are conducting ongoing quality of life studies on patients with anosmia, with an active, regularly updated database that can be used for future research studies.
In the News
- Smell and taste loss less likely with newer covid19-variants
May 11, 2022
- Lunch Break Science: COVID-19 and Smell Loss: When We Can No Longer Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
March 12, 2021
- Smell or taste loss the first or only symptom of COVID-19 among nearly 40% of survey respondents
May 28, 2020
- Scents and Sense Ability
- VCU Researchers Seek COVID 19 Patients Who Suffered a Loss of Smell
April 22, 2020
Richard M. Costanzo, Ph.D.
Laurence DiNardo, M.D., FACS