Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Valerie Lund who has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE), for services to rhinology in the UK’s 2024 New Year Honours List. Awarded by King Charles, the list recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK. 

A longstanding contributor to ENT & Audiology News, Prof Lund will begin a series of articles entitled 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Conference’ in the magazine’s March/April issue. In it, she will recount amusing anecdotes about her experiences over the years. 

Dealing with all sinonasal conditions, she has been involved in endoscopic sinus surgery since the early 1980s and has contributed extensively to the literature. In 2008 she was awarded a CBE for services to medicine by the Queen. She is a member of the German Academy of Science (Leopoldina) and is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. 

At the Ear Institute of University College London (UCL) she is Emeritus Professor of Rhinology. In a career spanning more than 40 years, she has been an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, Moorfields Eye Hospital, and University College Hospital (all in London). 

On receiving her honour, Dame Valerie said: “I am deeply honoured to receive this, which recognises the importance of ENT and specifically conditions of the nose and sinuses, which profoundly affect millions of people worldwide. I am extremely grateful to all the colleagues in the UK and abroad who have supported and encouraged me throughout my career, without whom this award could not have happened." 

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