Professor Adrian Williams
Professor of Sleep Medicine & Consultant Respiratory Physician
Specialist interests: sleep complaints in general, including sleep apnoea, restless legs, excessive sleepiness, sleepwalking, acting out dreams.
Professor Adrian Williams has had a long interest in sleep medicine dating back to research into the sudden infant death syndrome conducted at Harvard University. Subsequently he was appointed at UCLA, ultimately becoming a tenured Professor of Clinical Medicine and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He developed what was to become the largest sleep service within the Veterans Administration while at the same time co-directing the UCLA Sleep Disorders Centre.
He was one of the early clinicians boarded in sleep medicine and has published widely in that field including early contributions recognising that systemic hypertension could in part be related to obstructive sleep apnoea.
In the UK he has helped develop the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Sleep Disorders Centre into the largest and most active in the UK. He is a founding member of the Sleep Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, is one of Europe’s few recognised somnologists, as well as having been awarded the UK’s first Chair in Sleep Medicine.