The Society is delighted to advise you of the decision of Council to award the BSG Lifetime Achievement Award to Sir Ian Gilmore. This is only the second-ever such award, the first recipient being Professor Karna Dev (Chandu) Bardhan in 2014.
The BSG would usually present this prestigious award at the Annual Meeting, due to take place in June 2020. However, due to the circumstances of 2020, BSG will invite Sir Ian to receive the award personally at the next BSG Annual Meeting.
Sir Ian Gilmore is a professor of hepatology and previous president of the British Society of Gastroenterology from 2012-2014, and of the Royal College of Physicians from 2006-2010. As President of BSG, he led the society forward in becoming a more externally facing and engaged professional Society, with a national and international presence.
He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, trained at Cambridge University and St Thomas’ Hospital, qualifying in 1971 and subsequently specialising in gastroenterology, specifically liver disease. Having spent time in the United States at the University of California, San Diego (1979–1980), as an MRC Travelling Fellow he assumed a consultant post at Royal Liverpool University Hospital. He was made honorary professor at the University of Liverpool in 1999. He has also been Chair of the European Alcohol and Health Forum Science Group, a member of the Climate and Health Council, and of the National Quality Board.
He was chairman of Liverpool Health Partners, an organisation created between the University and the teaching hospitals in Liverpool to promote an Academic Health Science System in order to foster academic innovation, education and service development in the region. He has a particular interest in health harms related to alcohol misuse and the role of regulation in reducing this. He chaired an RCP Working Party in 2001, producing the important report “Alcohol – can the NHS afford it? A blueprint for a coherent alcohol strategy”.
This accolade is in recognition of a career dedicated to influencing health policy: improving the health of the nation through leadership, academic and clinical practice in the fields of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Medicine.
The Society is hopeful that we will be able to show our appreciation of your outstanding work and achievements personally, in a face to face setting in 2021.