Ayan Sabih

I graduated from AKU Medical College before moving to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2014.

I completed my Respiratory Medicine specialist training at Waikato Hospital, and then moved to Wellington to do my Sleep Medicine fellowship. I moved back to Hamilton in 2023 and am currently working as a Respiratory and Sleep Medicine specialist at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton.

My clinical interests include general respiratory conditions, airway diseases (Asthma/COPD), chronic cough, sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

Area of expertise:

  • Investigations of breathlessness and chronic cough
  • Chronic airways disease – COPD/emphysema, asthma, bronchiectasis
  • Pulmonary sarcoidosis
  • Pleural diseases
  • Sleep Disordered Breathing and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

Current employment:

  • Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Physician at Waikato Hospital


  • MBBS (AKU Medical College 2009)
  • FRACP - Respiratory and Sleep Medicine (2023)


  • RMO and BPT at Waikato Hospital (2014-2019)
  • Respiratory Medicine Advanced Training (2019-2022) at Waikato Hospital.
  • Sleep Medicine Fellow at Wellington Hospital (2022-2023)


  • Equity in Sleep Medicine in NZ. RACP AT, and TSANZ Rotorua September 2021
  • Thunderstorm Asthma – It can happen in New Zealand. Respirology Case Reports – Aug 2020
  • Carotid artery disease in patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass surgery. PMID: 20042152
  • Anterior neck lipoma mimicking a massive goitre. PJNM 2011, 1:56-62.
  • Image perception and interpretation of abnormalities; can we believe our eyes? Can we do something about it? PMID: 22347933
  • Acute asthma exacerbation management at Waikato Hospital – Audit number 3296DRS1707 and 3296T
  • Clinical Manifestations, Pathophysiology, Diagnostic Methods, Imaging and Intervention in Sarcoidosis - Chapter author and Editor. ISBN: 978-1-63485-844-1
  • Systemic Sclerosis: Explorations, Insights and Treatment – Chaptor author and editor. ISBN: 978-1-53613-504-6
  • Complicated Urinary Tract Infections. PMID: 28613784
  • Stroke Prevention. PMID: 29262078
  • Von Willebrand Disease. PMID: 29083708
  • Aspiration Pneumonia Imaging. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/353329
  • Oesophageal Varices Imaging. https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/367986
  • Imaging in embryonic demise. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/403208


  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • European Respiratory Society

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