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Sir Ian Gilmore, DL, FRCP

Royal Liverpool University Hospital and University of Liverpool, UK

Sir Ian Gilmore is an honorary consultant physician at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, UK, and is Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool. He studied medicine at Cambridge University, UK, and at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK, qualifying in 1971 and gaining his doctorate in 1979. He then specialized in gastroenterology and hepatology. Professor Gilmore was a Medical Research Council (MRC) travelling fellow at the University of California, San Diego, CA, USA, from 1979 to 1980; he then moved to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital as a consultant.

Professor Gilmore has a particular interest in the harm that alcohol misuse causes to health, and the role of regulation in reducing these detrimental effects. In 2001 he chaired a Royal College of Physicians (RCP) working party that produced the report Alcohol – can the NHS afford it? He was President of the RCP from 2006 to 2010; during this time he made several public statements on alcohol misuse in the UK, and under his leadership the RCP initiated the Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA) UK. He was knighted in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his contribution to medicine.

Professor Gilmore is also immediate past-president of the British Society of Gastroenterology and Chairman of the Liverpool Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre. He chairs the AHA UK, is a member of the Climate and Health Council, and chairs the Prescribed Specialised Services Advisory Group, which advises ministers on which clinical services should be commissioned nationally. 

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