David Hillman

Clinical Professor

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

    6009 Perth


  • 8999 Citations
  • 45 h-Index
1983 …2021
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David Hillman AM, MBBS, FANZCA, FRCP(Edin), FRACP(Hon)

Prof David Hillman is a clinician and researcher with the Department of Pulmonary Physiology and Sleep Medicine, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth Australia (Head of Department 1999-2014) and Centre for Sleep Science, 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: 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; Member of the Order of Australia (AM), 2018. 

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

Publications: 189 peer-reviewed publications/book chapters (45 in last 5 years).

Invited Presentations: 117 at national/international meetings (25 in last 5 years).

Grants: Over $7,800,000 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-present. Reviewer for numerous respiratory, sleep and anaesthesia journals and for NHMRC and National Heart Foundation.


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Research Output 1983 2019

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Association between hypoxemia in OSA and cancer incidence in a large sleep clinic cohort

Singh, B., McArdle, N., Marriott, R., Darcey, E., Bond-Smith, D., King, S., Noffsinger, W., Ward, K., Hillman, D. R., Palmer, L., Mukherjee, S. & Cadby, G., Oct 2019, In : Journal of Sleep Research. 28, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalAbstract/Meeting Abstract

2 Citations (Scopus)

Associations of variants In the hexokinase 1 and interleukin 18 receptor regions with oxyhemoglobin saturation during sleep

Cade, B. E., Chen, H., Stilp, A. M., Louie, T., Ancoli-Israel, S., Arens, R., Barfield, R., Below, J. E., Cai, J., Conomos, M. P., Evans, D. S., Frazier-Wood, A. C., Gharib, S. A., Gleason, K. J., Gottlieb, D. J., Hillman, D. R., Johnson, W. C., Lederer, D. J., Lee, J., Loredo, J. S. & 27 othersMei, H., Mukherjee, S., Patel, S. R., Post, W. S., Purcell, S. M., Ramos, A. R., Reid, K. J., Rice, K., Shah, N. A., Sofer, T., Taylor, K. D., Thornton, T. A., Wang, H., Yaffe, K., Zee, P. C., Hanis, C. L., Palmer, L. J., Rotter, J. I., Stone, K. L., Tranah, G. J., Wilson, J. G., Sunyaev, S. R., Laurie, C. C., Zhu, X., Saxena, R., Lin, X. & Redline, S., Apr 2019, In : PLoS Genetics. 15, 4, p. e1007739

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Interleukin-18 Receptor alpha Subunit

Can upper airway collapsibility predict risk for post-operative adverse respiratory events in adults?

Walsh, J., Jivan, K., Robey, E., Maddison, K., Lawther, B., Hillman, D. R. & Eastwood, P., Oct 2019, In : Journal of Sleep Research. 28, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalAbstract/Meeting Abstract

Comparison of collapsibility of the human upper airway during anesthesia and during sleep

Maddison, K. J., Walsh, J. H., Shepherd, K. L., Bharat, C., Lawther, B. K., Platt, P. R., Eastwood, P. R. & Hillman, D. R., 14 Mar 2019, In : Anesthesia and Analgesia. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

REM Sleep
Eye Movements

Projects 2012 2021