Prof. Valerie J. Lund is an otolaryngologist from Wraysbury, U.K. Her career has spanned almost 40 years and has been distinguished by many seminal contributions to surgery and her specialty, otolaryngology–head and neck surgery.
A daughter of the U.K., Professor Lund is professor of rhinology at University College, London, and consultant to numerous British hospitals. She has been honored around the world for her groundbreaking contributions to the endoscopic treatment of paranasal sinus cancer. This approach has saved many patients from radical and disfiguring surgery. Her many honors include giving numerous named lectureships and achieving honorary society memberships in the U.S., Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Romania, Russia, and South Africa. She was also named the prestigious Sims Commonwealth Professor in 2002; this is a joint appointment by the Royal Colleges of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, and South Africa. Professor Lund was also one of the first women inducted into the Collegium Amicitae Sacrum, her specialty’s most distinguished international honor society, with only 200 members worldwide. Her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, awarded her a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2008 for her services to medicine in the Empire.
A tireless educator, Professor Lund has worked to enhance surgical education and training at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, where she served on the governing council from 1995 to 2006. She has mentored numerous young surgeons and investigators and has seen them go on to make significant contributions to surgery worldwide.
Valerie enjoys archaeology, cooking, and, best of all, eating. She is a wonderful colleague and friend. The words that best describe her character and career are integrity, intellect, and innovation, and I am delighted that she will be bestowed Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons for her tireless dedication to patients, students, and colleagues alike.