Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

137 Patient Ratings
66 Patient Comments

Richard R. Orlandi, M.D., FACS

Clinical Details

Locations

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 587-8368 University Hospital
Otolaryngology/ENT, Clinic 9
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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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). 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 medical director for the ENT Clinic and the Surgical Specialty Center, as well as the executive medical director for the University's South Jordan Health Center. He has been a principal investigator on a grant from the National Institute of Bioengineering and Biomedical Imaging concerning sinus wound healing modifiers. Dr. Orlandi is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Rhinologic Society and is 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 and also chairs the research grant review section American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Foundation.

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 (Otolary)

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician 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 doctor
4.8
My confidence in doctor
4.8
Time doctor spent with me
4.7
Doctor spoke using clear language
4.8
Doctor's effort to include me in decisions
4.7
Doctor's concern for questions & worries
4.8
Doctor's explanation of condition/problem
4.8
Wait time at clinic
4.1
Doctor's friendliness and courtesy
4.8

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.

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

Dr. Orlandi is a wonderful doctor.

January 13, 2014

Very good

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

I would recommend Dr. Orlandi to others.

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 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

Great doctor

March 23, 2012

I had good experiences all the way around!

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

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

Dr. Orlandi is an outstanding physician.

January 10, 2012

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

Academic Profile

Research Interests

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

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 (Otolary)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-7515 School of Medicine
Otolaryngology
30 N Medical Dr
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

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
Fellow
Residency UCLA Medical Center
Otolaryngology
Resident
Internship UCLA Medical Center
General Surgery
Intern
Professional Medical New York University Medical Center
Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate University of Utah
Biology
B.S.

Publications

Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Bhattacharyya N, Orlandi RR, Grebner J, Martinson (2011)Cost burden of chronic rhinosinusitis: a claims-based study.  Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 144(3),440-5
  2. Daines SM, Orlandi R(2010)Inflammatory cytokines in allergy and rhinosinusitis.  Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery, 18(3),187-90
  3. Orlandi RR, Marple B(2010)The role of fungus in chronic rhinosinusitis.  Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America, 43(3),531-7, viii
  4. Orlandi R(2010)A systematic analysis of septal deviation associated with rhinosinusitis.  Laryngoscope, The, 120(8),1687-95
  5. Tansavatdi KP, McGill L, Riggs S, Orlandi R(2010)Development of an animal model for wound healing in chronic rhinosinusitis.  Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, 136(8),807-12

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