Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery was launched in 1993. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The fields of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery are divided into 11 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.
H. Fiona Robinson
H. Fiona Robinson qualified as a Speech Therapist from Birmingham Polytechnic in 1980, and in 2004, she was awarded Master of Science (Merit) (Advanced practice – Voice) from the University of Newcastle with study into the efficacy of voice therapy for vocal fold paralysis. Her clinical interests include the diagnosis and rehabilitation of speech and swallowing disorders related to head and neck cancer and the management of voice disorders. Currently she is working as an independent Speech and Language Therapy Practitioner to the private and NHS sectors.
Working in Nottinghamshire since qualification, Miss Robinson was the head of service of the county-wide Nottinghamshire Adult Speech and Language Therapy Service for over 20 years, and ENT specialist adviser, based at the University Hospitals NHS Trust. Her vision is for speech and language therapy services to be commissioned on evidence and outcomes, and the service under her leadership has an outstanding record of participation in research and academic activities to increase the evidence base and deliver innovative and patient centred services.
Miss Robinson has held offices for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, including: the Academic Board 1996 – 1998; Professional Standards Board 1998 – 1999; and is a founder member and current Chair of the national Clinical Expert Network (RCSLT) in Head and Neck Oncology, and continues to contribute widely to national policies and guidelines as a clinical adviser.
With her colleague Professor Patrick Bradley, Miss Robinson created and organised the National Head and Neck Oncology Conferences in Nottingham between 1987 and 2005, which attracted a faculty of UK and international experts. Widely recognised and sponsored, these conferences provided an early opportunity for UK research to be presented by new and expert researchers to multi-disciplinary teams working in the field.
Miss Robinson regularly accepts invitations to speak at UK conferences and courses to a range of medical disciplines. She is known for innovative teaching and training methods. The Internship Programme, winner of a Therapy Weekly Award, has provided a unique training opportunity for speech and language therapists to acquire specialist ENT knowledge and skill under her mentorship. In recognition of her contribution to the speech and language therapy profession in the UK, Miss Robinson was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in 2006.
Sandra Y. Lin
Sandra Y. Lin, MD FAAOA, is Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She is the director of Otolaryngic Allergy Services in the Division of Rhinology. Dr Lin received her medical degree from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She completed her otolaryngology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Dr Lin's fields of interest include otolaryngic allergy and rhinology. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in these both of these areas. Her research in the safety of allergen immunotherapy vial mixing safety has shaped national safety guidelines. She established the otolaryngic allergy program at Hopkins, and developed a corresponding educational curriculum for the otolaryngology trainees at her institution.
Dr Lin currently serves as President of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA), and has been active in that society in a variety of roles. She has played an active role as lecturer and instructor in numerous continuing medical education courses, such as the AAOA Basic and Advanced courses.