Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

149 Patient Ratings
137 Patient Comments

Richard R. Orlandi, M.D., FACS

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

149 Patient Ratings
137 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 213-3200
Farmington Health Center
165 N. University Ave.
Farmington, UT 84025
(801) 587-8368
University Hospital
Otolaryngology/ENT, Clinic 9
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132


Dr. Orlandi is one of only two fellowship-trained nasal and sinus specialists in the intermountain West. His practice is focused on the treatment of complex problems of the nose, sinuses, and anterior skull base (the area between the sinuses and the brain). He was born in New York City and subsequently raised in Utah. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah and then returned to New York City for medical school at NYU. He traveled to UCLA for residency and then completed a fellowship in Rhinology and Sinus Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan where he was associate director of the Michigan Sinus Center. In 2000, he left Michigan to return to Utah and is currently a tenured professor of surgery at his alma mater, the University of Utah.

He is the Executive Medical director for the University's South Jordan and Farmington Health Centers. He is the principal author of the International Consensus Statement on Rhinosinusitis, which will be published in early 2016, and co-authored the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s clinical practice guideline on adult sinusitis. He has been a principal investigator on a grant from the National Institute of Bioengineering and Biomedical Imaging concerning sinus wound healing modifiers. He formerly chaired the research grant review section for the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Foundation. Dr. Orlandi is the Second Vice President of the American Rhinologic Society (ARS) and a member of the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA). He serves as an Associate Editor of the ARS’s and AAOA’s scientific publication, the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, and is a reviewer for all major scientific journals in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery.

He has lectured throughout the United States and in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America on a wide range of sinus and nasal topics. He co-directs one of the largest continuing education activities in his field, the Western States Rhinology Course, and is the co-founder and secretary of its parent foundation. He is the author of over 80 journal articles and book chapters and greatly enjoys teaching medical students and residents. He has been married for over 20 years and has three great kids. He enjoys biking (both road and mountain), backpacking, and skiing.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Professor
Neurosurgery - Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic Divisions Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Board Certification American Board of Otolaryngology

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
My confidence in care provider
Time care provider spent with me
Care provider spoke using clear language
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
Wait time at clinic
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

January 16, 2017

This was a intake appointment, so nothing much was done or decided yet.

December 22, 2016

addressed all of our concerns and fears with compassion.

December 04, 2016

Dr. Orlandi is an amazing surgeon, I would recommend him to my friends and family if they were in need of sinus surgery.

November 13, 2016

Dr. Orlandi was superb in all ways!! He explained complex information in simpler term. He analyzed the options thoroughly. He was warm and friendly. His skills are the best!

October 17, 2016

Very honest and open. By the end of it, I felt I understood the medical surgery planned as well as he did

October 11, 2016

I recomend Dr. Orlandi every chance I get

October 02, 2016

the Doctor was excellent. I especially liked that at the end of the visit, he asked me if I had any other questions or concerns that he could help me with. he felt very genuine.

September 22, 2016

Only looked at my throat. My complaint was with my inner ears as being very painful and very slow moving water/oil. As well as I have had VERY heavy drainage in my sinuses until I took the anti fungal the it went to almost nothing. He saw me after 3 months of it. I was never asked about an aspirin allergy but note state I "denies aspirin allergy" I am not aware of one for the record. I HAVE used leukotriene inhibitors and stopped when I had such a HUGE improvement with the anti-fungal. I have had allergy testing 3 times over my life. I did not say I had eye blurring as a symptom. Lymph edema around eyes every am some has become type II. I did report. I do have a nasty TMJ click, it scares DDS the first time they hear it. I was repeatedly asked if I had gerd and repeatedly said no.

September 12, 2016

Overall excellent. I also looked at online videos prepared by Dr. Orlandi, which were very helpful.

August 22, 2016

While realizing that I'm not the only patient he has and knowing he was running behind, it was frustrating to wait for so long to see him to only have him spend about 5 minutes in the room with my wife and I. He normally will take time to ask questions and listen to the answer, but this time it seemed as if he already knew what he was going to say, do and prescribe before he even got into the room. I had many other issues to discuss but it was a whirlwind of him looking at my nose, telling me what medicine to use, and saying to plow through it. It's very frustrating when my every day life is being affected and time is taken off of work to get help that isn't really provided. In the past, Dr. Orlandi has been very accommodating and kind. It's just difficult because I want to know what's wrong with me and get better.

August 08, 2016

I left feeling that I had been (gently) reprimanded for coming in. Dr. Orlandi has only seen me once before and doesn't know me well. I believe, as we work together, he will come to know that if I make an appointment, I am in enough discomfort to warrant the visit. However, it was obvious that he thought that I was making a bigger deal of my condition than suited the circumstances.

July 17, 2016

He knew his stuff.

June 26, 2016

Dr. Orlandi is the best! I feel very fortunate to have him providing my treatment.

June 07, 2016


May 06, 2016

I have nothing but good to say about my experience with Dr. Orlandi or the ENT clinic as a whole. Dr. Orlandi is the reason I am able to take this survey today.

April 24, 2016

I was not prepared for the "novacane" in my throat. I could have used some explanation of compound medications and their not being covered by medicare.

April 24, 2016

I have always rec'd. excellent care

April 08, 2016


March 04, 2016

Felt very rushed once he entered the room. Felt I was wasting his time.

February 19, 2016

He was professional, but did not listen to what I had to say. Would not go back

February 11, 2016

I found these professionals of the highest levels of practice I have experienced in my extensive past involvement with medical treatment and facilities.

February 05, 2016

Dr. Orlandi is the best! Best sinus ENT and best "bed side manner". He's enjoyable to talk to.

January 31, 2016

At this point in time I would gladly recomend Dr. Orlandi over the previous office I went to, I don't think they would've done like he has and attempt to prevent surgery

January 22, 2016

Excellent ENT doctor. Diagnosed my nasal inflammation and reassured me about treatment possibilities.Feel fortunate to have Dr. Orlandi as the specialist that treated me.

January 12, 2016

Dr. Orlandi has provided excellent care and has helped resolve a chronic problem that had not been corrected by treatment and 2 previous surgeries from an outstanding ENT Surgeon. I really appreciate the care and the compassion that Dr. Orlandi and his staff have provided.

January 11, 2016

Dr Orlandi and Dr Chevallier were both incredibly helpful

January 08, 2016

Dr. Orlandi is very good at what he does

December 11, 2015

Explained the options in easy to understand terms

November 16, 2015

Dr. Orlandi was very calming and reassuring that the procedure would go smoothly. He explained every step he was taking to prepare me for what was happening next and asked each time if I was ready to continue. He created a light-hearted atmosphere for the room, which was helpful to keep the stress level down. He continually asked if I had questions and told me not to hesitate if I had questions after I had left.

October 31, 2015

Dr. Orlandi came in, sat down and stayed as long as it took for me to feel comfortable. I enjoy coming to his office because he shows genuine concern, answers my questions, and follow up questions - he acts like he has all the time in the world for me - others could learn from his technique.

October 12, 2015

I was amazed at Dr. Orlandi and his assistant's care for my concerns and problem, and the way they described the problem and the treatment of it.

October 09, 2015

It was very painful, more than what I expected.

October 02, 2015

Dr. Orlandi is great!

September 03, 2015

I like Dr. Orlandi he knows what he's talking about

August 24, 2015

Dr. Orlandi was personable, friendly and explained my condition in a way that I could understand.

July 24, 2015

If the provider would listen to the patient I would completely healed with the condition.

July 09, 2015

Dr. Orlandi is an excellent doctor. He was able to assist me with names for a family member for an area that he did not practice in. Just knowing that he is confident in his colleagues is reassuring.

July 06, 2015

I usually asked a lot of questions. Each care provider was very patient and helpful. Dr. Orlandi, especially, was very considerate and provided much information and let me decide several issues.

July 04, 2015

My mother, sister and I were all very impressed with Dr. Orlandi's professionalism and kindness. I consider him a tremendous blessing to my mother for his skill and ability in caring for her medical condition, including the surgery he performed. Her recovery from Dr. Orlandi's surgery was half the time of the previous surgeons procedure.

May 18, 2015

Care provider was informative, friendly, and took care to explain what he was doing.

April 10, 2015

Dr. Orlandi was great.

March 30, 2015

Wonderful dr. Explained procedure said he could take care of problem

March 30, 2015

Absolutely blown away at the entire visit. Dr. Orlandi, his residents, interns and the entire ENT staff. The care provided was top notch, well explained, and path to further actions and follow up well established.

March 21, 2015

Wonderful physician who answered all of my concerns thoroughly.

March 09, 2015

Good experience from beginning to end.

March 08, 2015

Excellent care, communication and companssion.

February 17, 2015

Physician(s) were amazing on every level!

February 16, 2015

Excellent service overall.

February 03, 2015

They took great care of me, they genuinely cared about my problem and they were all really nice and informative.

February 03, 2015

Dr. Orlandi makes me feel like I am the only patient he has when he is in clinic with me. I trust him completely. He is very good to answer my questions, however trivial they may seem.

January 26, 2015

I was quite impressed with Dr. Orlandi. His level of expertise is exceptional. He is a thorough professional in every sense. I have complete confidence in him.

January 26, 2015

Dr. Orlandi is an excellent Dr.

January 19, 2015

Dr. Orlandi is very professional while being friendly and with a sense of humor. He even remembered that our daughter had traveled from Virginia to be with her mother for the surgery. Nurses in clinic very attentive and professional.

January 18, 2015

Dr. Orlandi is outstanding. He explained everything carefully and in great details. I went to him for a second opinion and got everything I was looking for. He was patient and knowledgeable.

December 11, 2014

Outstanding treatment from Dr. Orlandi. He listened to my concerns and altered his post-op plan on the spot to reflect the concerns. I don't think many doctors would have done that.

December 11, 2014

Dr. Orlandi knows his stuff

November 17, 2014

I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Orlandi and the University of Utah to anyone and everyone.

October 27, 2014

I completely appreciated the care I recieved from Dr. Orlandi. I had visited other providers before consulting with Dr. Orlandi. He listened to my concerns; this had not been my experience previously from other providers. Any concern I had Dr. Orlandi checked it out and was supportive of the concern with information to offer why the symptom or concern was occuring/ would have occurred. As a woman I have often experienced negative, dismissive and condescending medical providers. This was not the case with Dr. Orlandi it was refreshing to be treated as a person with real concerns about my health. I appreciate Dr. Orlandi's skill and ability and as a result I am feeling better than I have felt in a very long time. I am grateful for the care I recieved from Dr. Orlandi and his entire staff.

October 27, 2014

The staff in Dr. Orlandi's office was outstanding. Everyone took time to explain and answer any questions.

September 24, 2014

Dr. Orlandi isn't like others i've been to he's very good at what he does

August 18, 2014

i like dr. orlandi he's very good at his job

August 16, 2014

Dr Orlandi is the best.

July 24, 2014


July 14, 2014

Dr. Orlandi, though I can tell he is in a hurry to move on to the next patient, he always takes the time to hear my questions and answer them until I feel like I understand. I never feel like he is trying to rush me through. I appreciate that he is willing to listen to my concerns, thoughts, and questions. He and his staff are awesome.

July 06, 2014

I was seen first by a resident (?) who was nice, and Dr. Orlandi was really great - he was recommended to me by a couple of different people and I would definitely recommend him to others.

May 28, 2014

Couldn't have been better.

May 23, 2014

Wonderful group of friendly care providers. Knowledgeable and informative. Lots of smiles.

May 16, 2014

My Dr and his team were great!

May 03, 2014

I wold have liked more information about the actual procedure and the anesthesia used and follow up care in recovery and how long I would be there following surgery as well as follow up care after surgery. I still want to know these questions.

April 29, 2014

I will be recommending Dr. Orlandi and his office to everyone I know. Thank you for helping me.

April 06, 2014

Dr. Orlandi is outstanding.

March 19, 2014

Again this team exceeded my expectations. I have never been treated so well. such an attentive team. I am an RN and this was optimal patient care!

March 17, 2014

The concern over my septum hematoma was amazing! The entire team worked to get me into surgery ASAP.

March 13, 2014

I should've called the office long before I did instead of trying to go to someone else

February 13, 2014

Dr. Orlandi was great. His resident was equally good and his nurse was fabulous. She again stayed in the moment and took her time to educate and teach so that I understood my instructions clearly.

February 07, 2014

dr say anything about a follow up when I think I should have one cause of infected ear

January 31, 2014

My experience with Dr Orlandi and his staff was excellent.

January 26, 2014

overall incredibly fast, efficient, quiet and peaceful experience.

January 20, 2014

I felt very good about my appointment and have total confidence in the capabilities of the physician and staff.

January 16, 2014

Both the resident (Dr. Hudson) and the doctor (Dr. Orlandi) were excellent. Very thorough and patient with me. Took time to understand my problems and needs. They counseled together conerning my problems. They gave concrete explanations of what was going on and what my next steps should be in treatment, as well as what they could or couldn't do to help me. Dr. Orlandi was particularly knowledgeable. He was personable, positive and caring. I thought the care I received from him was first-rate quality and wouldn't hesitate to see him in the future if the need arose.

January 13, 2014

Very good

January 13, 2014

Dr. Orlandi is a wonderful doctor.

December 05, 2013

He's fantastic! I'm sad I won't be seeing him again.

December 03, 2013

Dr. Orlandi is fantastic! I will and have highly recommended him to friends, family, and even passing acquaintances. I did ask a question during this appointment that I felt he glossed over and I'm still wondering about, but I'm not dissatisfied in any way.

November 28, 2013

Dr Orlandi is a kind, understanding, and gifted physician. I wish all physicians practiced at such an exceptionally high standard.

November 28, 2013

Dr. Orlandi is exceptional not only in his treatment but also in his bedside manor.

November 04, 2013

He is very intelligent, nice, funny, and helpful. He answered all of my concerns and never seemed annoyed by them.

October 07, 2013

The care and service were both excellent. I am regaining my full oxygen intake and my taste and smell are improving daily in splendid recovery.

September 24, 2013

The Dr. used the scope and quickly detected the spot of bleeding in my nose. He used a small plug of sticky gelatin to stop the bleeding. Thereafter my nose was not bleeding, but I still had a little blood drainage for two days. Three days later the plug came out and fortunately the bleeding had stopped.

September 07, 2013

Everything was very good. The answers to the questions says it all

September 04, 2013

I think Dr. Orlandi was running behind and I'm not sure I understand everything that was told to me. When you are seeing 3 different doctors, and you have all these tests run, it would be nice if one of them would at least tell you what the results of the tests were! I did ask, but never got an answer that explained everything.

August 31, 2013

Becky Bell was wonderful. I have since called her. She was very polite, knowledgeable and helpful. The Resident visited with me before Dr. O came in. She told me of research around sinus and fatigue and quality of life. It was every enlightening. She is highly knowledgeable. Dr. Orlandi is a phenomenal doctor. He is clear in his diagnosis and recommendations, cheerful, positive, helpful, and makes you feel like he is thinking of nothing but your particular problem. His advice is helping me a great deal.

August 16, 2013

Dr. Orlandi is an outstanding doctor. As a matter of fact, he is the best of the best. It was Dr.Orlandi who has put my health back on track. I am very happy to have him as my doctor.

July 24, 2013

Very positive experience and support of the entire staff. Competence is apparent with the doctor.

May 15, 2013

everything has been great prior to surgery.

May 13, 2013

Dr. Orlandi is the best doctor I have ever had

April 30, 2013

I have already recommended Dr. Orlandi to others that I know that are suffering with problems similar to mine. I know that he does not need to expand his practice, but I appreciate having a doctor with his expertise available. I am hopeful of a positive outcome.

April 22, 2013

If I have to come back I will definitely come back to this office and to Dr. Orlandi. Everyone in that office were friendly and I felt I was in excellent hands while I was there.

March 17, 2013

As I expressed in my earlier comments, I was so impressed with every person I encountered in this office both prior to and during my appointment with Dr. Orlandi. The experience was head and shoulders above most doctor's appointments I've had in my life. They were such great people and the environment was so welcoming and comfortable that I'm almost sorry I don't need to go back right away.

March 11, 2013

This was a very good experience and I felt very well taken care of.

February 26, 2013

Dr Orlandy was very helpful and courteous.

February 16, 2013

Did not explain post-op complications

January 23, 2013

It was very prompt service to the point and see what happens I am satisfied

January 14, 2013

A very " Can Do " professional Doctor with a concern for people attitude.

November 16, 2012

I wish the Resident was my doctor because he actually seemed interested in helping me. Dr Orlandi, on the other hand appear not to care and certainly had not read my records or the patient info sheet I filled out when I arrived in his office. He said he could not help me but gave me his business ucard if I had any questions. I totally understand why he thought he could not help me but his demeanor did not reflect it at all. He was very dismissive while the Resident expressed concern. I left feeling lost about what to do next with my problem.

October 26, 2012

Dr Orlandi is a very competent doctor. I would recommend him to anyone.

October 25, 2012

Dr. Orlandi even called a couple of times with follow up answers and was very quick to respond to my many questions

October 19, 2012

Dr. Orlandi came very highly recommeded and I would very definitely, enthusiastically and cheerfully pass that recommendation on!

October 10, 2012

Dr. Orlandi is great! He seems extremely knowledgeable/competent. He is very helpful in explaining everything going on and I feel confident in going to him for my care.

October 05, 2012

dr. orlandi is great, i am very happy he is my dr. i have all confidence in him

October 02, 2012

Awesome care!!!!!

September 24, 2012

Dr. Orlandi and his nurse Becky are amazing!

September 10, 2012

Both the resident and Dr. Orlandi were wonderful and detailed in their explanations. Dr. Orlandi could sense that I was very nervous, and spent extra time making sure I was clear on my options, and understood what was happening. I have already recommended him to friends!

September 04, 2012

We always feel like Dr. Orlandi cares about what is going on and is concerned for our well being. He is also a great patient advocate and helped us getting in to another specialist our daughter needed. Dr. Orlandi and Becky have been a tremendous force for improvement in our daughter's health. We are very grateful.

August 23, 2012

It may have been the singularly best encounter I've ever experienced for a medical appointment of any sort. I was wowed with the upbeat nature of the entire medical office, and clearly impressed with the knowledge and expertise of the medical staff. Everyone was so extremely caring and concerned; layman's language was used; and there was an air of real sincerity -- from everyone.

August 23, 2012

I would recommend Dr. Orlandi to others.

August 14, 2012

I already have refered someone to Doctor Orlandi!

July 30, 2012

Dr. Orlandi projects confidence, and does not "talk down" to me, as I am an informed patient about my issue, and helps me understand what is going on.

July 30, 2012

Uniformely superb experience with Dr. Orlandi and his staff.

July 24, 2012

Dr Orlandi is one of the best and most friendly doctors i have met, and i have met several due to my extensive medical histroy and living in multiple locations in and outside of Utah.

July 23, 2012

Dr. Orlandi explained that my fears of the psuedomonas going to my heart or brain were unnecessary in my case and that I could just use an over the counter sinus flush with vinegar (which pseudomonas does not like).

July 20, 2012

Dr Orlandi is an excellent doctor. Having a choice to go to any doctor in the US, I will always come to Salt Lake to see Dr. Orlandi. In doing so, I know I am getting the very best medical care from him.

July 13, 2012

Dr Orlandi is very good at communicating, doing the surgery, and checking results of his surgery. I have recommended him to several people.

June 25, 2012

I have been very pleased with my visits with Dr. Orlandi. He seems very professional and extremely knowledgeable. I am pleased that he explains everything to me in a way that the medical jargon doesn't get in the way and I feel like I can understand what he tells me so that I leave feeling informed about my medical condition. Dr. Orlandi also comes across as very confident, which is comforting when prepping myself for another surgery. I would definitely recommend him to someone else if opportunity presented itself.

June 15, 2012

Dr Orlandi found a problem that I had been suffering from for years. It was so wonderful to find that my headaches were not just in my imagination. There was a cause for all that pain I was experiencing in my head, face, teeth, etc. I can smell so much better. I now smell things I have never smelled before and this has opened an awareness for me. It is so great. Also, I now have improved in my sleep apnea. It went from a 7 to a 1, since the surgery. Hopefully, other problems I have, health wise, may improve. Giving me a better quality of life. Thanks!

June 04, 2012

Wish the doctor would have explained what he meant by when I return in July if the loss of taste and bitter taste when eating or drinking anything sweet is still bothering me, more aggressive treatment will be considered.

May 15, 2012

Dr. Orlandi and his staff are amazing!

May 11, 2012

When I explained that I was fairly well read as a layman, the doctor treated me as an intelligent person and answered my questions without "dumbing it down", which I very much appreciated.

April 24, 2012

Love Dr. Orlandi. He is great!

March 27, 2012

Dr. Orlandi was friendly and competent. I appreciated his warm bedside manner and his positive attitude. Thank you Dr. Orlandi for being kind to your patients.

March 23, 2012

I had good experiences all the way around!

March 23, 2012

Great doctor

March 02, 2012

Dr. Orlandi was very friendly and thoroughly explained the procedure, he told me step by step what he was going to do before performing it so that I knew what to expect. Have great confidence in him.

January 20, 2012

I haver nothing but praise for Dr. Orlandi

January 10, 2012

Dr. Orlandi is an outstanding physician.

January 10, 2012

I actually was seen by an armada of people; NP, MD in training (don't recall the technical label for him), MD as a Resident and finally the full on MD, Orlandi. All were very friendly and helpful.

January 10, 2012

Would definitely recommend Dr. Orlandi and staff, he is wonderful

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Computerized Image Guidance Use in Sinus and Anterior Skull Base Surgery
  • Molecular Biology of Chronic Sinusitis
  • Sinusitis

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Professor
Neurosurgery - Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic Divisions Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Board Certification American Board of Otolaryngology

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-7515 School of Medicine
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Dr. Orlandi is one, of only two, fellowship-trained nasal and sinus specialists in the intermountain West. His practice is focused on the treatment of complex problems of the nose, sinuses, and anterior skull base (the area between the sinuses and the brain).

His research interests center around the role of inflammation in modulating the sinus and nasal mucosal extracellular matrix (ECM), with attention to how these factors affect wound healing following endoscopic sinus surgery. He has been a principal investigator on a grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering concerning sinus wound healing modifiers. His research collaborations examined a number of wound healing modifiers and developed some as modifiers alone or with the capacity to deliver various pharmaceuticals. Much of this work was accomplished when he was the associate director of the Center for Therapeutic Biomaterials at the University of Utah, a State of Utah Center of Excellence. Some of the materials developed in collaboration with Glenn Prestwich, PhD led to the cofounding of Carbylan BioSurgery, Inc. with Dr. Prestwich, Dr. Albert Park, and Dr. Richard Koehn. Since “spinning out” these wound healing modifiers, it has become clear that much remains to be learned about the underlying nasal and sinus extracellular matrix physiology and pathophysiology in chronic rhinosinusitis. Dr. Orlandi’s research seeks to examine these areas.

Dr. Orlandi has been the principal investigator or faculty mentor on 12 other research grants and research projects, 7 of which were externally funded. He has mentored a number of residents and students as they have pursued strategies to examine the interplay between pre-existing inflammation and healing following surgical injury in the extracellular matrix. He believes that down-regulation of inflammation prior to surgical injury will lead to improved postoperative healing, with a quicker and more complete return to normal function. He has previously developed a small animal model to examine inflammatory changes in the ECM and how different interventions such as wounding and topical therapies can modulate these changes. He has also developed a noninvasive protein sampling method so that individual wounds can be followed over time as they heal.

From 2007-2012, Dr. Orlandi chaired the General Otolaryngology study section for the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, which distributes nearly $1M in research funding annually. He also served on the prestigious Research Steering Committee for this organization. He continues to chair the Research Grants Review Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Foundation.

His research collaborations have twice been recognized for national awards, once by the American Rhinologic Society and once by the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. Dr. Orlandi is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Rhinologic Society and serves on the Editorial Board of its scientific publication, the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology. He reviews articles for all of the major journals in otolaryngology.

He has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America on a wide range of sinus and nasal topics. He co-directs one of the largest continuing education activities in his field, the Western States Rhinology Course, and is the co-founder and secretary of its parent foundation. He has served as guest faculty for over 30 CME courses throughout the United States and is the author of over 70 journal articles and book chapters. Some of his notable recent works include:

• Orlandi RR, et al. Immunologic response to fungus is not uniformly associated with rhinosinusitis. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 141:750-6, 2009. This project examined a hotly debated topic in otolaryngology, the cause of chronic sinusitis. The group replicated work performed by other investigators that has been promulgated as a paradigm-shifting advance in this field. The results called the previous investigators’ results into question and generated a number of published commentaries.

• Orlandi RR, et al. Structural variations in a single hyaluronan derivative significantly alter wound-healing effects in the rabbit maxillary sinus. Laryngoscope 117:1288-1295, 2007. This article demonstrated that minor changes in the molecular structure of a commonly engineered biomaterial had major effects on wound healing. This work has significant implications for post-surgical biomaterial treatments in sinus surgery.

• Orlandi RR, Marple BF. Development and evaluation of new technologies in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery 137:529-531, 2007. This article explored the entrepreneurial process in technology development and discussed the FDA and CMS review processes. It called for an ethical balance in these processes, which had come into question with recent technological advances in otolaryngology.

• Orlandi RR. A systematic analysis of septal deviation associated with rhinosinusitis. Laryngoscope, 120:1687-95, 2010. This paper represents Dr. Orlandi’s candidate’s thesis for fellowship in otolaryngology’s most prestigious society, the Triologic Society. By performing a systematic analysis of many conflicting reports on this subject, he was able to demonstrate a definite association and, as a result of further analysis, postulate a number of potential causal mechanisms.


Education History

Type School Degree
Other Training David Eccles School of Business
Leadership Development
Other Training Daiichi Clinical Scholars Course
Research Methodology
Fellowship University of Pennsylvania
Rhinology and Sinus Surgery
Residency UCLA Medical Center
Internship UCLA Medical Center
General Surgery
Professional Medical New York University Medical Center
Undergraduate University of Utah
Other Training David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah
Physician Leader/Health Sciences Leader Lean Education Program


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