Dr Lawrence McAlpine comes of a medical family and graduated in science and medicine from the University of Glasgow. He trained in both General Medicine and Respiratory Medicine in the West of Scotland. He was appointed Consultant Physician at Monklands Hospital in 1995 where he established a respiratory investigation laboratory and built a comprehensive clinical service for patients with all forms of lung problem.
Mr McAlpine is also an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturere in Medicine at the University of Glasgow. He has held a number of senior offices with the British Thoracic Society, with the Postgraduate Deanery, and with the Royal Colleges of Physicians. His private medical practice at Ross Hall Hospital relates mainly to the diagnosis and treatment of lung problems but also includes general medicine and medico-legal reports relating to lung disease.