Professor Fiona Gilbert


Professorial Fellow

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College Jobs

  • Professorial Fellow

University Jobs

  • Professor of Radiology
  • Head of Department of Radiology
  • Member of Human Resources Committee
  • Sub-Committee for Biological and Medical Sciences Senior Academic Promotions
  • Clinical School Faculty Board
  • Council of Clinical School
  • Cambridge Health Imaging


Telephone: +44 (0) 1223 746439


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Prof Fiona Gilbert is a radiologist who develops and identifies best practice in screening for breast cancer. Her work has the potential to significantly decrease breast cancer mortality.

Prof Gilbert graduated from the University of Glasgow in medicine in 1978, and subsequently trained in Radiology in Aberdeen, She was appointed consultant radiologist in 1989, and Roland Sutton Professor of Radiology University of Aberdeen in 1996.

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.

In 2011, she moved to the University of Cambridge, being appointed Professor of Radiology and Head of the Department of Radiology . She chaired the Academic Committee at the Royal College of Radiology,  and the National Cancer Research Institute Imaging Advisory Board. She has been a Member of the Health Technology Board EME committee, a member of the breast subcommittee of the scientific committee of the European Society of Radiology; and a member of the breast subcommittee of the Radiological Society of North America.

In 2019, she was named an Honorary Member of the Radiological Society of North America.

Research Interests

Prof Fiona Gilbert works in radiology and breast cancer research, and on the assessment of imaging technology more broadly.

Her research interests include

  • Assessment of imaging technology and the impact of new developments on patients health, clinician decision making and cost effectiveness for society;
  • Imaging of breast cancers using many modalities including mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis, computer aided detection;
  • Screening for breast cancer with respect to risk factors;
  • Multimodal functional imaging of cancers and correlation with genetic profiles.
  • Novel Imaging techniques in musculoskeletal disease especially to assess cartilage and osteoarthritis.