Professor Adrian J Williams FRCP DipAASM
Professor of Sleep Medicine, King’s College, London
Adrian Williams graduated from University College Hospital, London and, after training in General Medicine there, took up a lectureship at The Cardiothoracic Institute, Brompton Hospital, investigating the pulmonary changes associated with chronic liver disease.
In 1975 he took tenure at Harvard Medical School where his interest in sleep began with the investigation of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (S.I.D.S). Here he published a definitive study implicating Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) as a cause of the syndrome.
An invitation to U.C.L.A. in 1977 to take up a post as Chest Physician allowed this early interest in OSA to develop resulting in the publication of one of the very first reports of OSA causing hypertension and of oximetry as a natural diagnostic tool.
In 1985 Dr Williams became tenured Professor of Medicine at U.C.L.A. and Co-Director of U.C.L.A’s Sleep Laboratory. As Sleep Medicine gelled as a specialty, Dr Williams became an accredited polysomnographer and later a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
In 1994, he returned to the UK taking up the directorship of the Sleep Disorders Centre at St Thomas’s Hospital. Here he developed one of the UK’s only comprehensive sleep services with continued interest in Sleep Disordered Breathing and its treatment.
Dr Williams is a Diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, a founding member of The British Sleep Foundation, the Sleep Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, and the R.L.S. UK Group. Dr Williams has published extensively on Sleep Disorders including more than 60 peer reviewed original scientific papers and more than 30 other published papers including chapters and books. In 2010, he became the first substantive Chair in Sleep Medicine in the UK.