Prof Fiona Gilbert named Honorary Member of the Radiological Society of North America

Newnham Fellow Prof Fiona Gilbert, an expert on oncologic and musculoskeletal imaging, has been named an Honorary Member of the Radiological Society of North America. 


Many members and alumnae of Newnham College, and their families, will have benefited from Prof Gilbert’s work, without knowing it. Prof Gilbert, MD, MBChB, FRCP, FRCR, is a distinguished advisor on best practices in radiology, and this award recognises the international significance of her work.

“Dr. Gilbert is an internationally known expert in breast imaging, musculoskeletal radiology, and quality assurance,” said RSNA President Valerie P. Jackson, MD. “I am most aware of her many contributions to breast cancer imaging and possible treatments, which have the potential to significantly decrease breast cancer mortality.”

Prof Gilbert’s current research interests focus on screening for breast cancer, using risk adapted imaging to use appropriate techniques with the women most likely to benefit from them. She is also investigating predictive and surrogate response in breast cancer, using 3T MR imaging with diffusion-weighted imaging and spectroscopy to identify biomarkers that will help guide personalized treatment.

After receiving her medical degree from the University of Glasgow in 1978 and her radiology training in Aberdeen, Prof Gilbert quickly established herself as an authority on quality improvement. She has contributed to numerous focus groups and advisory boards to establish national standards for medical imaging. From 2004 to 2008 she served on the National Cancer Research Institute’s breast cancer clinical focus group as a radiology representative. The group prioritized the research projects to be supported by the National Cancer Research Network. Dr. Gilbert also set up the Scottish Interval Cancer Database for the Scottish Breast Screening Programme and was responsible for auditing the program, serving as Deputy Chair for Radiology for Quality Assurance. She currently serves as Head of the Department of Radiology at the University of Cambridge, is President elect of the European Society of Breast Imaging and is an NIHR Senior Investigator.

Professor Gilbert said of her award, “It’s very moving to be recognised by my international colleagues in this way. I have a deep respect for Radiology in North America and I am thrilled to be honoured by the largest radiological society in the world”