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Professor Valerie Lund

Centenary Souvenir


Professor of Rhinology at the Ear Institute, London, and Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon at the Royal Throat, Nose & Ear Hospital, London Professor Valerie Lund always wanted to be a surgeon. She initially considered plastics, but at the time there were hundreds of plastic surgeons, but none of them were women. A friend of hers suggested ENT because it offered most of the things in plastics that Valerie found interesting and was broad ranging. She is the only designated Professor of Rhinology in the UK. Valerie qualified from London in 1977, obtained her final FRCS in 1982 and completed her MSc in 1986. When she started her training in ENT, the nose and sinuses were becoming interesting with the introduction of endoscopes and CT scanners, and with a guiding hand from Professor Sir Donald Harrison, Valerie chose her specialty. Considered an expert in her field, Valerie attracts a broad base of patients from all over the country and abroad, with special or unusual conditions. She is an Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon at the Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital, which is part of the University College London Trust, at Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College Hospital. Having been involved in endoscopic sinus surgery since the early 1980s, Valerie received worldwide recognition for her extensive and often pioneering work in the field, with honorary membership of eight international societies (Belgian, Danish, Dutch, German, Spanish, Romanian, Russian and South African). As well as being a clinician, Valerie has contributed extensively to the literature with 36 books and monographs, 86 chapters and over 320 peer-reviewed papers. She is frequently invited to lecture at home and abroad, and has delivered 18 eponymous lectures, including the Semon lecture, the Strik Adams Lecture at the Midland Institute of Otorhinolaryngology and the Stell Lectures in the past three years. Valerie has held a number of national and international administrative posts including Chief Editor of Rhinology for ten years, Co-Chair of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Taskforce on Rhinosinusitis (EPOS), General Secretary of the European Rhinologic Society in 2008, and Vice-President of the European Academy of ORL-HNS. She was elected Member of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons

of England in 1995, was Chair of the Intercollegiate Examination Board in Otolaryngology until 2007, President of the Section of Laryngology and Rhinology of the Royal Society of Medicine in 2009, and Chair of Women in Surgical Training (WIST) for two terms. Valerie was awarded the Sir Arthur Sims Commonwealth Professorship in 2002, and she is most proud of being awarded a CBE for services to medicine in 2008. She was made the first Snyderman International Ambassador for the American Academy of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in 2011 and in 2016, she was the guest speaker at the launch of Women in Rhinology at the American Rhinologic Society. In 2009, Valerie was elected to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, was President of the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology and Vice-President of the Federation of Surgical Specialties for the UK from 2012-2015. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Medicine from the Universities of Brighton and Sussex and has been made an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In 2018, Valerie will be President of the biennial European Rhinologic Society Congress and ‘Master’ of the triennial British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology. Valerie has learnt to ask for help during challenging times and enjoys archaeology, cooking and eating in her spare time. She is most inspired by her husband, Professor David Howard who has selflessly devoted his life to helping patients and colleagues. * Favourite Film: Some Like it Hot * Three objects Valerie cannot live without: Passport, Car, Laptop

Valerie’s advice to junior doctors is “Always listen to your patients.”


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