Professor Sir John Cunningham is knighted

14 July 2014

Congratulations to Professor Sir John Cunningham who was knighted in a private audience with HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

Professor Cunningham, a consultant nephrologist at the Royal Free, was head of the medical household and physician to the Queen for nine years. 

At Tuesday’s ceremony he was invested with the insignia of a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO), a dynastic order of knighthood which recognises distinguished personal service to the Queen.

Commenting on the occasion, Professor Cunningham said he was honoured to receive this award which also reflected the broader efforts of the medical household whose members include three senior clinicians at the Royal Free.


Notes to editors

1. For more information or for an interview with Professor Cunningham contact Mary McConnell on 020 7472 6665 or  

2. The Royal Free attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation, haemophilia, surgery for hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) conditions, clinical neurosciences, renal, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and is a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.