Professor Lombard is currently a Consultant Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital (RLUH), holding an Honorary Chair at the University of Liverpool. He qualified and trained in medicine and gastroenterology in Dublin, and studied hepatology at Kings College Hospital and the Institute of Liver Studies in London. He has been Clinical Director at both of the acute trusts in Liverpool, was Training Programme Director for the Mersey Region and has Chaired the National Training Board for Gastroenterology.
Professor Lombard has an extensive publication record in liver and hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) disorders, has previously set up the Research Governance Framework at RLUH, and was recently appointed as Clinical Director for the North West Coast Clinical Research Network (CRN) of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
He set up and published the BSG audit which benchmarked standards for ERCP and as the first National Clinical Director for Liver Disease at the Department of Health (2010-2013), he co-produced the Atlas of Variation of Liver Disease with NHS Rightcare, the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) report on alcohol related deaths, and the Nurse Competency Framework for Specialist Nurses with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). He also contributed to numerous annual reports with the Health Protection Agency, the Chief Medical Officer, and was a contributor to the Lancet Commission on Liver Disease.
Professor Lombard has been Chair of a Clinical Senate for NHS England and part of the Clinical Reference Group for hepatitis C commissioning. He is currently BSG President.