William J. Healy, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Director, Sleep Quality Improvement

Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
1120 15th Street, BB-5513


Dr. Healy was appointed Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University in 2020.  He grew up on the family farm in Statesboro, GA where he learned to love medicine by watching his father practice as a large animal veterinarian on the farm.  Dr. Healy received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in 2006 with a B.S. in Biology.  He then returned home to attend the Medical College of Georgia in 2010.  He completed his post graduate education in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, as well as Sleep Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. During his time at Ohio State, Dr. Healy completed research projects in sleep medicine as well as basic science research on acute lung injury.

Prior to his appointment at the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Healy was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine at Prisma Health in Greenville, SC.  In this role he served as Sleep Lab director and Intensive Care Unit director of Hillcrest Hospital.

Dr. Healy returned to the Medical College of Georgia, his alma mater, driven by a passion to shape the pulmonary, critical care, and sleep health of Georgians.  He has served as the Associate Medical Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) as well as the Director of Sleep Quality Improvement. He is passionate about clinical care, medical education, and research.

Dr. Healy has authored several scientific papers and has presented at regional and national conferences. His clinical interests include sleep disordered breathing, sleep disordered breathing in heart failure, non-invasive ventilation in neuromuscular weakness and COPD, as well as mechanical ventilation in the Intensive Care Unit. 

Peer-Reviewed Publications

William J Healy, Girardin Jean-Louis, Clyde W Yancy, Martha E Billings, Rami Khayat, Younghoon Kwon. Reducing disparities in cardiovascular health in African Americans through integrated cardiovascular sleep care in outpatient setting, SLEEP Advances, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2022, zpac016, https://doi.org/10.1093/sleepadvances/zpac016

Teckchandani PH, Truong KK, Zezoff D, Healy WJ, Khayat RN. Transvenous Phrenic Nerve Stimulation for Central Sleep Apnea: Clinical and Billing Review. Chest. 2021 Nov 19:S0012-3692(21)04401-9. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2021.11.012.

Healy WJ, Peters S, Nana-Sinkam SP. A middle-aged man presenting with unexplained mucosal erosions and progressive dyspnea. BMJ Case reports. May 7, 2015.

Doepker, B. Healy, WJ. Cortez, E. Adkins, EJ. High-dose insulin and intravenous lipid emulsion therapy for cardiogenic shock induced by intentional calcium channel blocker and beta-blocker overdose: a case series. J Emerg Med. Apr: 46(4): 2014. 486-90.

Book Chapters

Healy, WJ. Khayat, R. Transvenous phrenic nerve stimulation for central sleep apnea, 2022. In: Iftikhar I, Musani A. (eds.) The Latest Trends in Sleep Medicine. Pp. 90-105. Bentham Books.

Healy W.J., and Khayat R., Sleep-Disordered Breathing and Heart Failure Interactions and Controversies, 2018. In: Vasan R., Sawyer, D.(eds.) The Encyclopedia of Cardiovascular Research and Medicine, vol.[4], pp. 438-441. Oxford: Elsevier.

Recent Media Interviews

“9 things sleep doctors would never do at night before going to bed.” Published in Huffingtonpost.com on November 4, 2020

Getting Better Sleep with Dr. William Healy - The Lisa Show