Episode #35:  Olfactory Health, Dysfunction, and Research with Dr. Zara M. Patel

In this episode, Frauke sits down with Otolaryngologist Dr. Zara M. Patel, Director of Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Stanford University to talk about olfactory health, dysfunction, and the latest in olfactory research.

Dr. Patel explains how doctors clinically define a healthy sense of smell, how she recommends we maintain smell health, and the role our sense of smell plays in brain health.

Dr. Patel then explains how COVID-19 causes smell loss, what the chance of recovery is, as well as the best treatments and protocols currently available to regain your sense of smell.

She also acknowledges how much patients with smell dysfunction are misunderstood and not heard by the medical community, and aims to do her part to be a patient advocate.

Finally, Dr. Patel shares information about the exciting invention that she's provisionally patented to help with neural regeneration, as well as the other exciting olfactory studies she's working on right now.

This episode is not to be missed if you care about the health of your sense of smell and want reliable, trustworthy information. 

Links to the studies referenced in the episode:

 

Link to the PRP clinical trial Dr. Patel is currently running and enrolling into.

 

If you're interested in donating money to help Dr. Patel's research move further and faster, so we can eventually find a cure to help all patients with smell dysfunction, and even potentially heighten the sense of smell for everyone else, click below.

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#35: Olfactory Health, Dysfunction, and Research with Dr Zara Patel
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Dr. Zara M. Patel is the Director of Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery at Stanford University. She completed her MD at Oregon Health Sciences University, completed her residency training in otolaryngology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and completed her fellowship in Rhinology at Stanford University in California.


Dr. Patel is an expert in advanced endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. She treats patients with a wide variety of rhinologic complaints, including those with chronic rhinosinusitis, sinonasal and skull base tumors, and olfactory disorders. She is immediate past-Chair of the Education Committee for the American Rhinologic Society (ARS), is a member of the ARS Board of Directors, and has consulted for the CDC on COVID-19 related olfactory loss.


Dr. Patel has published on topics such as precision medicine in chronic rhinosinusitis, new devices and techniques for endoscopic skull base surgery, predictive criteria for behavior in sinonasal tumors, and olfactory loss. She continues to perform research in these areas, and is collaborating with computer data scientists and engineers to develop technology that she hopes will eventually help cure patients with olfactory loss.

 

If you're interested in donating money to help Dr. Patel's research move further and faster, so we can eventually find a cure to help all patients with smell dysfunction, and even potentially heighten the sense of smell for everyone else, click below.

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