Dr Wilby Williamson BMedSci, BMBS, MSc SEM (Distinction), MRCP, FFSEM (UK & Ireland), DPhil (Oxon)
Dr Wilby Williamson is a Consultant Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician and clinical academic with appointments at Trinity College Dublin in the School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology and a Senior Fellow at the Global Brain Health Institute. He is a visiting academic in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Oxford. Dr Williamson completed higher specialist training in Sports and Exercise Medicine in Cambridge and Oxford. He has specialist expertise in preventive and non-surgical musculoskeletal medicine and preventive cardiovascular and lifestyle medicine. This includes pharmacological and behavioural strategies for the management of hypertension and personalised exercise medicine interventions across chronic disease groups.
Dr Wilby Williamson has comprehensive and broad experience of supporting recreational and elite athletes to achieve their sporting objectives across the spectrum of individual and team sports. This included working as a team doctor for Welsh Women’s Football, GB Athletics, and Oxford and Cambridge University Rugby and Rowing teams. Dr Wilby Williamson provides sports medicine cover for the London prepare series of sporting events in 2011 ranging from diving, racquet sports, wresting and sailing. He providing athlete medical support for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and for the English Institute of Sport in Bath.
Wilby is originally from County Antrim growing up working on a dairy farm, 8 miles outside Belfast. Wilby moved to Nottingham to complete his medical training and pursue the opportunity to train at the high-performance athletics centre in Loughborough in track and field. Wilby completed a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine at the University of Nottingham (2007 Distinction). He then moved to London, to further his medical and acute critical care training in the tertiary university teaching hospitals of Imperial College London and University College London. He achieved Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (2010) and Membership of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine in 2012.
In 2012, Wilby was appointed as one of the first NIHR academic clinical fellows in Sports and Exercise Medicine in the United Kingdom. He has secured collaborative research grants of over £1M from the Wellcome Trust and British Heart Foundation. Between 2014 and 2019 Wilby completed a fellowship in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine leading to a doctorate (DPhil) from the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Oxford.
Wilby trained in heart-brain imaging in the world-leading centres of the Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, University of Oxford. He is now applying this expertise to further heart-brain research in Ireland, including working with Professor Kenny and the team from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA).
Wilby’s research targets understanding the influence of modifiable risk factors on heart-brain health and developing interventions and tool kits to promote health and well-being for all age groups. His work spans the spectrum from population medicine to preventive personalised medicine. This approach has been shaped by training in public health and epidemiology at the University of Oxford and Cambridge University.