Consultant Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist working in the West of Scotland. He studied in Germany and trained in Switzerland, England (including Birmingham Liver Unit where he worked as a The Wellcome Trust funded research registrar and lecturer) and Boston. Sparked by the staggering epidemiology of morbidity and mortality from alcoholic liver disease he has done significant research work and teaching in particular related to alcoholic liver disease. He initiated and conducted epidemiological work on hospitalisations for alcoholic liver disease (CSO funded in collaboration with health economists from Glasgow University). He has a significant interest in Service and Quality improvement and was awarded a Quality and Safety Fellowship by NHSSotland. He is a keen advocate for all people with alcohol problems, in particular the often neglected and underserved but important group of patients with liver disease from alcohol.