Medical School and Residency
Dr Williamson commenced medical studies at the University of New South Wales in 1993 and received undergraduate clinical training at St George, St Vincent’s and Liverpool Hospitals. He graduated with 1st Class Honours in 1998 and started internship the following year at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH). He sat the written and clinical examinations of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2002.
Training in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
In 2003 Dr Williamson began Advanced Training in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at RNSH where he spent 2 years studying this specialty. His final year of Advanced Training was completed at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney in 2006 working in the Lung Transplant Unit following which he was made a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Dr Williamson took a year of absence from formal training in 2004 to Locum in Lismore as a general medical registrar and spent 3 months later that year volunteering in a district hospital in Migori, Kenya working in a population with endemic HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
In 2007 Dr Williamson moved to Perth and enrolled in a clinical PhD at the University of Western Australia through the faculty of Anatomy and Human Biology. The aim of his research was to investigate the clinical utility of a novel airway imaging tool which had recently been designed and built by engineers and sleep scientists at the University. Dr Williamson was funded with a NHMRC post-graduate medical scholarship and his project received an NHMRC Project Grant for financial support. Based at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, the studies enrolled over 50 subjects who underwent airway studies and bronchoscopy evaluating airway size, shape and mechanical properties. Dr Williamson received several research awards during the 3 year PhD and published over 10 peer reviewed papers related to the research.
Dr Williamson returned to Sydney in 2010 as a consultant staff specialist at Liverpool Hospital in the Department of Respiratory Medicine and the Medical Assessment Unit. He has pursued a strong interest in interventional bronchology establishing a physician-based thoracic ultrasound service at the hospital in 2011 and performing several advanced bronchoscopic procedures including the insertion of airway stents (to open airways obstructed by tumour) and airway balloon dilatations. He is currently establishing an endobronchial ultrasound service to facilitate diagnosis and staging of patients with lung cancer.
Dr Williamson is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and has a keen interest in teaching medical students, junior doctors and Respiratory Advanced Trainees. He has also convened and facilitated at several workshops for other respiratory physicians in both Sydney and Perth. He is an active contributor to interventional pulmonology workshops at Liverpool Hospital and in Western Australia.
- Consultant of the Year Award, Liverpool Hospital, 2011
- Shortlisted for Young Investigator Award, Thoracic Society of Aust and NZ, March 2010
- Young Investigator Award, WA Branch, Thoracic Society of Aust and NZ, October 2009
- WA Biomedical Research Institute Award, Australian Society for Medical Research, June 2009
- International Travel Award, Asia Pacific Society for Respirology, June 2008
- Telethon Institute Award, Australian Society for Medical Research, June 2008
- A & A Saw Top-up grant, Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Australia, 2008-9
- NHMRC Project Grant 2008-2010
- NHMRC Postgraduate Medical Scholarship 2007-2010
- TSANZ/Boehringer Travel Scholarship 2006
- Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
- Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand
- American Thoracic Society