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Ian McColl

House of Lords, Westminster, London, SW1A 0PW.

McColl Lord

Lord McColl was born in 1933 and educated at Hutchesons' Grammar School, Glasgow, and St. Paul's School, London where he won a Foundation Scholarship in Classics. He studied medicine at London University and was Professor of Surgery at Guy's Hospital until 1998 and continues to teach at King's College on the Guy's Campus. He is also Surgeon to the international charity Mercyships and frequently operates in the poorest countries of West Africa.

He was a Surgeon to St Barthomew's Hospital and Sub-Dean of the Medical College 1967-71; Research Fellow at Harvard 1967; Professor of Surgery at Guy's Hospital 1971-98; Chairman of Government Working Party on ALAC Services 1986-87; and Vice-Chairman of Special Health Authority for ALAC Services 1987-91.

His publications include Intestinal Absorption in Man (1976), NHS Data Book (1979), Talking to Patients (1980) and the McColl Report (1986). He is Chairman of Mercyships UK, Vice-President of the Mildmay Centres of Palliative Care in London and Uganda, President of the Leprosy Mission and Vice-President of the Prince of Wales Health Council on Disability.

In 1960, he married Dr Jean McNair and they have three children, Alastair James, Caroline Lennox and Mary Alison all of whom are in medicine. His interests include health, forestry and ornithology.

Ian McColl's Experience

Lord McColl was made a Life Peer for his work for disabled people in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 1989. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister John Major from 1994-97. Since 1997, he has been a Shadow Minister for Health.

He was made a CBE in 1997 and a Fellow of King’s College in 2001. For his charitable work for Mercyships, he received the Great Scot Award 2001 and the Distinguished Maritime Award of the National Maritime Association, USA 2002.