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. Sir Ian is currently Chair of Liverpool Health Partners.
In 2001 he chaired a Royal College of Physicians working party that produced the report "Alcohol – can the NHS afford it?"
During his time as president of the College from 2006-10 he made several public statements on alcohol misuse in the United Kingdom, and under his leadership the Royal College initiated the Alcohol Health Alliance UK in 2007. He was knighted in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours.
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- "Liverpool Health Partners". Retrieved 5 April 2013.
- BBC news (14 November 2007). "Campaigners want alcohol tax rise". BBC News. Retrieved 21 November 2007.
- The London Gazette: . 12 June 2010.
- Kirkup, James (17 August 2010). "Cocaine should be legal, says top doctor". The Daily Telegraph. London, UK. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
- "Top doctor Sir Ian Gilmore calls for drugs law review". BBC News. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
Sir Ian gave a personal interview for the series "Leaders in Medicine" available here: on YouTube
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