David Hillman

Clinical Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M509), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M309), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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David Hillman AM, MBBS, FANZCA, FRCP(Edin), FRACP(Hon)


Prof David Hillman is a researcher with the West Australian Sleep Disorders Research Institute at the Department of Pulmonary Physiology and Sleep Medicine, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Australia (Head of Department 1999-2014) and the Centre for Sleep Science and Department of Surgery at the University of Western Australia (UWA).


Former professional leadership roles include: Founding Chair (2000-2014) of the West Australian Sleep Disorders Research Institute; President, Australasian Sleep Association (2007-2009); Founding Chair (2009-2016) of the Sleep Health Foundation; and Founding President, Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (2011-2013).


Qualifications: MBBS (UWA 1974); FANZCA (1981); FRCP(Edin) (2004)


Awards: Member of the Order of Australia (AM), 2018; FRACP(Hon) 2008; Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Award for Excellence 2006 & 2009; President’s Award, Australasian Sleep Association, 2010; Distinguished Achievement Award, Australasian Sleep Association, 2013; Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine, 2020.


Research Interests: Sleep pathophysiology, upper airway and respiratory muscle physiology, sleep and anesthesia, clinical sleep medicine, neuromuscular disorders.


Publications: Over 200 peer-reviewed publications/book chapters (50 in last 5 years).


Invited Presentations: 120 at national/international meetings.


Grants: Over $7,000,000 of competitive grants (chief or co-investigator) in last 10 years.


Teaching/Mentoring: Clinical Professor, UWA since 2007.Supervisor/Co-supervisor of training of over 20 sleep physicians, 10 PhD students in last 20 years.


Peer Review: Member of the Editorial Board of Sleep (the top ranked international sleep journal) 2003-2018 including Deputy Editor 2013-2015 and Associate Editor 2009-2013 and 2016-2018.  Respiration & Sleep Medicine Section Editor for Anesthesia & Analgesia (the fourth ranked international anaesthesiology journal) 2014-2020. Reviewer for numerous respiratory, sleep and anaesthesia journals and for NHMRC and other national medical research grant bodies.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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