Smell and Taste Disorders Center

VCU’s Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery is proud to be one of only a few academic medical institutions nationwide with a dedicated smell and taste center.

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.

Research

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 M. Costanzo, Ph.D. [View Image]

Richard M. Costanzo, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Richard M. Costanzo, Ph.D. [View Image]

Richard M. Costanzo, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Department of Otolaryngology

Laurence DiNardo, M.D., FACS [View Image]

Laurence DiNardo, M.D., FACS

Professor

Laurence DiNardo, M.D., FACS [View Image]

Laurence DiNardo, M.D., FACS

Professor

Department of Otolaryngology

Chair, Department of Otolaryngology
Peter and Julia Pastore Professor

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Evan Reiter, M.D., FACS [View Image]

Evan Reiter, M.D., FACS

Professor

Evan Reiter, M.D., FACS [View Image]

Evan Reiter, M.D., FACS

Professor

Department of Otolaryngology

Vice Chair, Department of Otolaryngology
Associate Residency Program Director

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Theodore Schuman, M.D. [View Image]

Theodore Schuman, M.D.

Associate Professor

Theodore Schuman, M.D. [View Image]

Theodore Schuman, M.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Otolaryngology

Director, Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery
Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Assistant Professor

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