DR HILDA HIGH
BSc MBBS (Hons) MCH FRACP
Dr Hilda High is a genetic oncologist. She works with Sydney Cancer Genetics and NHOG, providing comprehensive cancer care for patients and their families. She specialises in the assessment of inherited cancer risk, genetic counselling and testing as well as cancer risk management.
Dr Hilda High completed her medical degree at Sydney University with honours and completed her Master of Community of Health, for which she won the Master of Community Health Prize, through the University of NSW.
She is aware of the emotional issues that can arise when discussing family cancer histories as well as the sometimes complicated dynamics of a modern family. During her training at Westmead Hospital, she was awarded The Dominque Clancey and Andrew Donald Memorial Prize: “in recognition of her dedication, selflessness and commitment to others”.
Hilda has a keen interest in research. She has presented her work at national and international conferences and has published in key international journals.
Combining her knowledge and passion for both genetics and oncology, Hilda is an enthusiastic speaker, providing lectures and talks to medical students, nurses, registrars, GP’s and specialists as well as special interest groups and the general public. She has produced YouTube videos for public education.
She is a key member of the Cancer Institute’s eviQ group, working with other national experts to provide standardised Australian guidelines for the testing and management of inherited disorders associated with cancer.
Committed to increasing patient access to cancer genetic specialists, Hilda runs telehealth consults to regional, rural and remote areas.
Her professional memberships have included the Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the Human Genetics Organisation (HUGO) and the Private Cancer Physicians Australia (PCPA).
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