Biography of Stewart Hillis
Stewart Hillis was Professor of Cardiovascular and Exercise Medicine. He was also Scottish Football Association Medical Director and was involved in SFA for almost 35 years. He was considered by many as one of the Scottish pioneers of sports and exercise medicine.
Stewart Hillis studied at the University of Glasgow and graduated in 1967. By 1970 he became the club doctor for Clydebank FC and he held the position for 27 years. In 1976 he was asked by the Scottish Football Association to look after the under-21 team.
During his involvement with the football clubs, Hillis was advancing his medical career and was appointed consultant in 1977. He became recognised as a brilliant cardiologist and an authority on sports medicine while working at the Western Infirmary and he was also involved in many influential books and papers including the book Cardiovascular Disease (Treatment in Clinical Medicine). Professor Hillis developed courses in sports and exercise medicine which contributed to Glasgow becoming a leader in the area. Another great achievement of his includes the establishment of the Sports Medicine Centre inside Hampden Park, the first of its kind in a national stadium.
Professor Hillis was also a member of the Management Committee of the National Sports Medicine Institute, representing the three Royal Colleges of Physicians and was vice-chairman of the UEFA Medical Committee. He also advised Fifa on medical issues for many years.
Hillis was awarded the Sir Robert Atkin Prize by the Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2008 and he appeared on the 2010 New Year’s Honours list receiving an OBE for services to medicine and sport.
Professor Hillis died on 21 July, 2014, in Glasgow, aged 70.