Biography

Dr Sam Hillier is an Imaging Cardiologist, with special interests in the management of valvular heart disease, acute and chronic heart failure, as well as the performance of stress and transoesophageal echocardiography and cardiac CT.

Originally from the UK, Dr Hillier graduated in Medicine from Oxford University, where he also obtained a Masters Degree, undertaking research in the molecular basis of atherosclerosis. After completing a House Office year in the UK, he moved to Australia, where he completed his specialist training. The majority of his clinical training was in regional Queensland including Cairns Hospital, where he has travelled to outreach clinics at Mareeba, Innisfail, Yarrabah and Atherton.

Dr Hillier undertook cardiology training at the Royal Brisbane and The Prince Charles Hospitals. After obtaining his FRACP in Cardiology he completed a further fellowship year in advanced echocardiography at the Prince Charles Hospital.

Sam has a special interest in the management of acute and chronic heart failure, as well as the performance of transoesophageal and exercise stress echocardiography and cardiac CT.  He has presented research at local, national and international meetings, and has contributed towards an American Society of Echocardiography book. He has a research interest in 3D echocardiography.

Procedures & Conditions

Procedures Performed
  • Echocardiography
  • Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Transthoracic Echocardiography
  • Transoesophageal Echocardiography
  • Three Dimensional Echocardiography
  • Cardiac Strain Imaging
  • Resting & Stress Echocardiography
  • Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography
Conditions Treated
  • Complex Adult Congenital Cardiac Conditions
  • Structural Heart Diease
  • Valvular Heart Disease

Experience

  • Cardiologist
    Cardiac CT Reporting, Queensland X-Ray 2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer
    James Cook University 2015 - Present
  • Staff Specialist, Cardiologist
    Cairns Base Hospital 2014 - Present
  • Cardiologist
    Cairns Private Hospital 2014 - Present
  • Cardiologist
    Heart Rx 2014 - Present
  • Cardiologist
    Allamanda Private Hospital 2013
  • Cardiologist
    Cardiac Care Associates 2013
  • Fellow in Advanced Echocardiography
    The Prince Charles Hospital 2013-2014
  • Associate Lecturer
    University of Queensland 2011-2014

Memberships & Awards

Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • 2018 - Present

    Medical Advisory Committee

  • Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training in CTCA

  • Fellow of Australian College of Physicians (FRACP)

Awards
  • 2013

    Winner of the ASE 2013 Peri-operative Echocardiography Travel Grant

  • 2001, 2000

    Bristol Municipal Charities Award

  • 2000

    Welcome Trust Vacation Scholarship

  • 2000

    Oxford University Research Scholarship

  • 1998

    Exeter College, Oxford University prize for exam performance in pre-clinical physiology

Research & Publications

Publications

1. Predicting Exercise Capacity: How Hard Can It Be?
Buschel H, Gunnarsson R, Blyth S, Hillier S
European Heart Journal, Vol. 39 (2018), S1,564.P668.

2. Structural Heart Interventions in Far North Queensland: Feasibility and Safety in a Regional Centre
Dermedgoglou A, Reyaldeen R, Nucifora J, Hillier S, Brazzale A, Starmer G. Heart, Lung and Circulation, Vol. 27, S479 (CSANZ 2018 Poster).

3. Accuracy of an operator-independent left ventricular ejection fraction quantification algorithm (Auto LVQ) with three-dimensional echocardiography: a comparison with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Guppy-Coles K, Prasad S, Hillier S, Smith K, Lo A, Sippel J, Biswas N, Dahiya A, Atherton J. Heart, Lung and Circulation, Vol. 24, S319 (CSANZ 2015 Poster)

4. Utilisation of three-dimensional echocardiographic, semi-automated, left ventricular ejection fraction quantification by cardiac nurses: a comparison to cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Guppy-Coles K, Prasad S, Hillier S, Smith K, Biswas N, Lo A, Dahiya A, Atherton J. Heart, Lung and Circulation, Vol. 24, S369 (CSANZ 2015 Poster).

5. Assessment of Mitral Valve Prostheses
Dynamic Echocardiography Second Edition, Lang et al, Elsevier (2015). Samuel D Hillier, Darryl J Burstow.

6. Evaluation of Training Nurses to Perform Semi-automated 3-dimensional Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction Using a Customized Workstation-based Training Protocol
Journal of Clinical Nursing (2015), 24, 1479–1488. Guppy-Coles K, Prasad S, Smith K, Hillier S, Lo A, Atherton J.

7. The Prevalence of Positive Duke Echocardiographic Criteria in Culture Negative Patients Referred for Screening to Exclude Infective Endocarditis. Global Heart (2014);9(1) Supplement:e246 (WCC Poster). Hillier SD, Burstow D, Platts D, Sedgwick J.

8. Prevalence of Infective Endocarditis Diagnosed by Transthoracic and Transoesophageal Echocardiography in Patients with Bacteraemia. Global Heart (2014);9(1) Supplement:e246 (WCC Poster). Hillier SD, Burstow D, Platts D, Sedgwick J.

9. Correlation of Echocardiographic Assessment of Mitral Valve Area with the Gorlin Formula in Patients with Mitral Stenosis undergoing Percutaneous Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty. Global Heart (2014);9(1) Supplement:e333 (WCC Poster). Hillier SD, Lamanna A, Walters D, Platts D.

10. Training Nurses to Acquire Images and Measure Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction Using Semi-Automated 3-Dimensional Echocardiography. Global Heart (2014); 9(1) Supplement:e178 (WCC Poster). Guppy-Coles KB, Hillier SD, Smith K, Lo A, Prasad S, Atherton J.

11. Are Higher Levels of C-Reactive Protein Predictive of Positive Echocardiographic Findings of Infective Endocarditis
Global Heart (2014);9(1) Supplement:e276 (WCC Poster)
Sengupta A, Hillier S, Ivens E, Platts D, Sedgwick J.

12. Accuracy and Reproducibility of Completely Automated 3-Dimensional Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction Quantification
Global Heart (2014);9(1) Supplement:e149 (WCC Poster)
Smith K, Guppy-Coles K, Hillier S, Lo A, Sippel J, Prasad S, Atherton J.

13. Non-tropical endomyocardial fibrosis associated with sarcoidosis. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging (2014);15(4):472
Roper D, Hillier SD, Burstow DJ, Platts D.

14. Right Atrial Mass in Eosinophilic Myocarditis
ASE Scientific Sessions 2013, Clinical Case Competition – Oral Presentation. Samuel D. Hillier, Damian Roper, Andrew Small, Darryl Burstow, David Platts.

15. A Curious Case of Endomyocardial Fibrosis
ASE Scientific Sessions 2013, Clinical Case Competition – Oral Presentation. Damian L. Roper, Samuel D. Hillier, Darryl J. Burstow, Abhishek P. Bhaskaran, Sushil Luis, David Platts.

16. Feasibility of training nurses to evaluate semi-automated 3-dimensional left ventricular ejection fraction using a customised workstation-based training protocol. Journal of the American Society for Echocardiography (2013);26(6):B82 (ASE Poster). Guppy-Coles K, Hillier S, Smith K, Lo A, Prasad SB, Atherton J.

17. Feasibility of Three-Dimensional and Real-Time Three-Dimensional Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction Assessment in Routine Clinical Practice Journal of the American Society for Echocardiography (2013);26(6):B74 (ASE Poster). Hillier SD, Guppy-Coles K, Smith K, Lo A, Younger J, Atherton J, Prasad S.

18. Clinical Utility of Visual Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction Assessment by Echocardiography: Comparison with 3-Dimensional Echocardiography. Heart, Lung and Circulation, Vol. 22, S169 (CSANZ 2013 Poster). Hillier SD, Guppy-Coles K, Smith K, Lo A, Younger J, Atherton J, Prasad S.

19. Echocardiographic Assessment of Pulmonary Vein Velocities Following Lung Transplantation. Heart, Lung and Circulation, Vol. 22, S176 (CSANZ 2013 Poster). Hillier SD, Roper D, Harten M, Hopkins P, Platts D.

20. Feasibility of Training Nurses to Evaluate Semi-automated 3-dimensional Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction Using a Customised Workstation-based Training Protocol. Heart, Lung and Circulation, Vol. 22, S6–S7 (CSANZ 2013 Poster). Guppy-Coles K, Hillier SD, Smith K, Lo A, Prasad S, Atherton J.

21. The Role of Transoesophageal and Serial Echocardiography with a Normal Transthoracic Study and Clinical Suspicion of Staphylococcus Aureus Infective Endocarditis. Heart, Lung and Circulation, Vol. 22, S202 (CSANZ 2013 Poster). Hillier SD, Platts D, Burstow D, Sedgwick J.

22. Feasibility of Three Dimensional Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (3DLVEF) Measurement in Routine Clinical Practice
Heart, Lung and Circulation, Vol. 21, S204–S205 (CSANZ 2012, Mini-Oral). Hillier S, Guppy-Coles K, Smith K, Lo A, Younger J, Atherton J, Prasad S.

23. Feasibility of Real Time (Single Heart Beat acquisition) Three Dimensional Left Ventricular Ejection fraction (rt3DLVEF) Measurement in Routine Clinical Practice, Heart
Lung and Circulation, Vol. 21, S204 (CSANZ 2012 Poster). Hillier S, Guppy-Coles K, Smith K, Lo A, Younger J, Atherton J, Prasad S.

24. Correlation between Three Dimensional Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (3DLVEF) and real time (Single Heart Beat Acquisition) Three Dimensional Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (rt3DLVEF). Heart, Lung and Circulation, Vol. 21, S194–S195 (CSANZ 2012 Poster). Hillier SD, Guppy-Coles K, Smith K, Lo A, Younger J, Atherton J, Prasad S.

25. Comparison of Semi-Automated versus Manually Adjusted Three Dimensional and real time (Single Heart Beat Acquisition) Three Dimensional Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (3DLVEF and rt3DLVEF). Heart, Lung and Circulation, Vol. 21, S193 (CSANZ 2012 Poster). Hillier SD, Guppy-Coles K, Smith K, Lo A, Younger J, Atherton J, Prasad S

26. Sonographer Learning Curve in Three Dimensional Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (3DLVEF) Measurement
Heart, Lung and Circulation, Vol. 21, S224–S225 (CSANZ 2012 Poster). Guppy-Coles K, Hillier S, Smith K, Lo A, MacDonald A, Blackburn S, Atherton J, Prasad S.

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Presentations

  • RADAIM Conference, July 2012. Invited speaker in Cardiac CT component of three day conference.
  • Professionals in Cardiac Sciences Australia, Echo Education Meeting, July 2012. Invited speaker.
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