Valerie Lund is Professor Emeritus of Rhinology at University College London and Honorary Consultant ENT/Rhinologic/Skull Base Surgeon at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, University College Hospital London. She deals with all nose and sinus conditions (allergy, inflammation, infection and neoplasia) and has been involved in endoscopic sinus surgery and its extended applications since the early 1980’s. She has contributed extensively to the literature with over 500 books, monographs, chapters and peer-reviewed papers. She has lectured widely, delivering 20 eponymous lectures and has received several prizes including the George Davey Howell, RSM W J Harrison, BMA Book awards and Jobson Horne Prize. She is an editor of ‘Cummings Otorhinolaryngology’ for the last 3 editions.
She has received a number of international awards and prizes, is an Honorary Member of 12 national ENT societies. She became a member of the Collegium-ORLAS in 1990 and the American Triologic in 1991. She was awarded the Sir Arthur Sims Commonwealth Professorship in 2002 and was made the 1st Snyderman International Ambassador for the American Academy of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery in 2011.
She has held a number of national and international administrative posts including the Chief Editorship of ‘Rhinology’, General Secretary of the European Rhinologic Society, Vice President of the European Academy of ORL-HNS and is a Co-Chairman of the European Academy of Allergy & Clinical Immunology Taskforce on Rhinosinusitis (EPOS2005-2020). She was an elected member of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1995- 2006), Chairman of the Intercollegiate Examination Board in Otolaryngology, President of the Section of Laryngology & Rhinology, Royal Society of Medicine and chaired Women in Surgical Training for the UK twice.
In 2008 she was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for services to medicine in the Queen’s New Year Honours and in 2009 was elected to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
She was President of the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology and Vice-President of the Federation of Surgical Specialities for the United Kingdom. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Medicine by the Universities of Brighton and Sussex for services to medicine and women in surgery in 2016 and in 2017 was made an Honorary Member of the International Rhinologic Society and an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
She was co-President of the biennial European Rhinologic Society Congress at which she was made an Honorary Member and ‘Master’ of the triennial British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology both in 2018.
In 2019 she has been made an Honorary Member of the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (ENTUK) and received the first Lifetime Achievement award from the British Rhinological Society as well as a Lifetime Achievement award on behalf of the American Rhinologic Society, International Rhinologic Society and International Society of Inflammation and Allergy of the Nose (ISIAN).