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Prof Peter Andrews
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  • Professor of Rhinology
  • The Ear Institute
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Following my appointment to Clinical Director of ENT surgery at UCLH in 2019 and subsequent NHSE Clinical Director appointment to the  ENT surgery (London Region)  recovery programme I have been able to translate my research outputs into new patient pathways, develop patient guidelines and steer on national strategy for rhinology during the COVID-19 elective recovery. 

I am a national leader in rhinology and facial plastic reconstructive surgery having been Past President of the British Society of Facial Plastic Surgeons (BSFPS 2019-2021 ), currentPresident of the Rhinology section of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM 2022/23) and President Elect of the British Rhinology Society (BRS) 2023.

Research Summary

I have pioneered and developed 2 UCL PhD rhinology projects at the EAR Institute with international collaboration (Germany). 

The 2 PhD projects include ‘the role of surgery in treating olfactory loss including COVID Anosmia and ‘Nasal Airway Diagnostics’ which have culminated in over 39 peer reviewed publications since 2018. I am now the primary supervisor for 3 PhD students (EAR Institute). In August 2021, 2 of my MD (Res) students successfully upgraded and my third PhD student is due to complete in 2023.

My UCL olfactory research group represents the only unit in the UK which focuses on surgical restoration for olfactory loss caused by chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and post viral olfactory dysfunction such as COVID-19. My olfactory research outputs, with international collaboration, have provided a substantial impact into developing and embedding national Long COVID Anosmia clinical guidelines and recommendations. I am a lead author on the sentinel European position paper on the management of olfactory dysfunction published in the Rhinology International Journal and remains the cornerstone for COVID Anosmia management with over 430 citations (Hummel et al, 2017).

 I am the clinical lead for the UCLH ‘Long COVID’ Anosmia service. We pioneered and published the first study to demonstrate structural and functional plasticity within the central olfactory networks following surgical treatment for olfactory dysfunction caused by chronic rhinosinusitis and post viral olfactory dysfunction. Our smell restoration research offers COVID anosmia patients hope with subsequent ‘Guardian newspaper’ media coverage.  Our olfactory research is in collaboration with the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) and the Institute of Neurology (ION) with a unique focus on functional MRI scanning and human olfactory tissue harvesting techniques. 

Teaching Summary

Teaching Career Summary 

1. Director of two EAR Institute Short Courses. Demonstrated sustained development of new innovative ways of professional development and teaching. Successfully developed and delivered a new innovative hybrid F2F/virtual EAR Institute FRCS revision short course during COVID-19 in February 2021 2020, with 20 attendees. 

2. The ‘NOSE’ week UCL short course remains the most popular UK short course in rhinology, encompassing all aspects of rhinology and facial plastic surgery and attracting international students. Cadaveric dissection was sponsored by industry. The course is very successful both academically and financially. 

3. From 2022 NOSE week will be run in collaboration with the UCL Anatomy department (following closure of the RNTNEH dissection lab in 2020). This will also enable UCL Head & Neck anatomy medical student teaching. 

4. MSc Advanced Audiology: Otology and Skull Base Surgery stream Co-Programme Director. Sustained development of our Otology and Skull Base Surgery MSc with an innovative hybrid imaging module in collaboration with radiology at UCLH, 2021 

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