GOSH Non- Executive Director awarded in New Year's Honours list

12 Jan 2022, 4:47 p.m.

Photo of Professor Russell Viner

Professor Russell Viner, a non-Executive Director at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to child and adolescent health, particularly during Covid-19.

Professor Viner’s work on COVID-19 includes key research on how the pandemic has directly impacted children, including the effect of school closures and investigations into long-COVID. Prof Viner and his team have also begun to identify key priorities for addressing the challenges facing children’s mental health given the ongoing pandemic.

On receiving the award Prof Viner said: "I see this as recognition not just for me but for the teams I’ve worked closely with, particularly through the very hard yards during the pandemic."

I’m humbled and deeply appreciative.

Professor Russell Viner

Prof Viner has been a non- Executive director on the GOSH board since April 2020. He is also former President of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health (RCPCH) 2018- 2021 and current Professor of Adolescent Health at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health in London.

Additionally, Prof Viner is currently Vice-Chair of the NHS England Children and Young People’s Transformation Board, and Chair of the Stakeholder Council for the Children’s Transformation Board. He was also a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) during the pandemic, advising on children and young people.

Beyond COVID-19, Prof Viner is a paediatrician who sees young people with diabetes each week at University College Hospital and directs the Department of Health Obesity Policy Research Unit. His research focuses on population health, policy and health services for children and young people.

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