Has your child (ages 6-17) lost their sense of smell? Could it be from COVID-19 infection? Your child may be able to participate in a study that is looking at the effects of smell retraining therapy for those who have lost their sense of smell due to COVID-19 infection. This study involves up to 4 visits over one year and being randomly assigned to one of two treatments for loss of smell.
IRB: STUDY21050012A- Prospective randomized study of the treatment of pediatric patients that lost sense of smell due to COVID-19.
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Amanda Stapleton, MD is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist and Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Stapleton is certified in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery by the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. She is Director of the Center for Sinonasal and Rhinology Disorders at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Stapleton is the Fellowship Director for the Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program. She is also an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and completed her residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Stapleton completed two fellowship training programs after residency. She completed her first fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. This was followed by Open and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at the Center for Cranial Base Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Dr. Stapleton’s clinical interests include pediatric endoscopic sinus surgery, pediatric skull base surgery, pediatric chronic sinusitis and allergic rhinitis, and pediatric Cystic Fibrosis. She conducts translational research studying the microbiome of the pediatric sinonasal cavity with her colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and is a member of American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, American Board of Otolaryngology, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, American Rhinologic Society, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, AAO-HNS Rhinology & Allergy Education Committee, and AAO-HNS Rhinology & Paranasal Sinus Committee.