Humphrey Hodgson is a recently retired professor of Medicine from University College London. He trained at Oxford University and St Thomas’ Hospital, and then spent his career as a clinician and researcher mainly in the Hammersmith Hospital, and then the Royal Free Hospital, specialising in gastroenterology and liver disease. He is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and was Chairman of the British Association for the Study of the Liver; Vice-President of the Royal College of Physicians; Editor of the journal Clinical Medicine and non-executive director of a NHS trust. He has been a trustee of the British Liver Trust, the Arthritis Research Campaign, and the Liver Group Charity. He also helped establish the University of Namibia’s School of Medicine in Windhoek.