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 clinician and 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, University of Western Australia (UWA). He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, 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.



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