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In conversation with Professor Claire Hopkins

There can be few ENT surgeons who have had such a pivotal role in the COVID pandemic as Claire Hopkins. She has been instrumental in changing the diagnostic criteria, and has been a frequent presence in the media, as Sean...

Claire Hopkins

FRCS (ORLHNS) DM (Oxon), BACO 2023 Academic Chair; Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London, SE1 9RT; Reader in ENT Surgery, King’s College London, UK.

Sniffing out the evidence – COVID-19 and loss of sense of smell and taste

Louis Pasteur once observed: “In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.” Professor Hopkins was certainly prepared when a few anecdotes of smell problems started to accumulate early in the pandemic’s course. Post-viral olfactory loss is nothing...

Can we prevent chronic rhinosinusitis?

The old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ is considered by Professor Hopkins in respect to chronic rhinosinusitis, a condition affecting around 10% of the adult population and associated with huge impact on quality of life and economic cost. A...

Timing of surgery in chronic rhinosinusitis: does it matter?

While many patients with chronic rhinosinusitis respond to medical treatment, some do not. The next step for these patients is surgery, but how soon should this be offered? Sooner rather than later seems to be the answer, as Claire Hopkins...

What I look for at a conference (and why you should go to BACO 2023)

Professor Claire Hopkins has attended more than her fair share of international meetings, and she shares her top tips. COVID has changed the face of medical education forever – who would have thought only a few years ago that we...

Image-Guided Surgery: Fundamentals and Clinical Applications in Otolaryngology

Although not inspired particularly by the concept of the book, I was reassured by the introduction that the theory behind image guided surgery (IGS) would be presented in a way that was accessible, with “all technical descriptions trimmed to the...

Comprehensive Techniques in CSF leak repair and skull base reconstruction

This book certainly does what it says on the tin, and covers its subject very comprehensively. Normally a topic covered by a single chapter in a rhinology or skull base surgery textbook, this book offers 17 chapters on all aspects...

Tumours of the Nose, Sinuses and Nasopharynx

Tumours of the nose, sinuses and nasopharyx is a comprehensive, clear and beautifully illustrated text describing the wide range of benign and malignant tumours of the upper jaw and their management. In such a specialist field, the editors have unparalleled...

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: Anatomy, Three-Dimensional Reconstruction and Surgical Technique - Fourth Edition

Although nothing can substitute for hands-on training and time in theatre, this book is about as close as any trainee wanting to make up for training time lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, will get. Whether bought as reading for a...

In conversation with Professor Valerie Lund CBE

Valerie Lund is Professor of Rhinology at the Ear Institute, University College London and is an Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital (Royal Free Trust), Moorfields Eye Hospital, University College Hospital and Imperial...