Professor Gilbert graduated in medicine from Glasgow University in 1978. After completing house jobs, a year was spent as a research fellow in oncology under Professor Kenneth Calman, Glasgow, stimulating an interest in research in this area. Following general medical training and MRCP, she joined the radiological training programme in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
She was appointed consultant radiologist in Aberdeen responsible for the National Breast Screening Programme for Grampian in 1989. Undertaking research in breast imaging and ovarian screening during that time she learnt research methodology and was appointed to the Chair in Radiology in 1996. Successful grants from SHEFC led to the purchase of a 1.5T MRI machine for research and a new building and office accommodation was put in place. She has built a team of research scientists working on MR related problems and a 3.0T MRI system was installed in August 2007 dedicated for clinical research.
She is Chair of the Academic committee of the Royal College of Radiologists and Chair of the NCRI Imaging Advisory group. She is immediate past Chair of the Royal College of Radiologists Breast Group, previous co-lead of the NCRI PET Research Development group and was a member of the ACORRN international scientific advisory committee. She sat on guideline development groups for breast imaging for SIGN and NICE and the family history of breast cancer guideline development group. She was the Radiology Representative – Scottish Cancer Group (2001-2005) and member of the Cancer Research Portfolio Steering Group, Chief Scientist’s Office (2003–2007). She is a member of the NIHR EME Board and was a member of the Commissioning Board for the Health Technology Assessment Panel (2003-2006) and Royal College of Radiologists Research Committee (1998-2002.)
She is on the MRC Panel of Experts and is an Academic role model for the British Medical Association. She referees for Radiology, the Breast and was assistant editor of Clinical Radiology (1997-2006). She has been a National Panellist for Radiology (1995-2007) and FRCR Part I Examiner, Royal College of Radiologists (1997- 2002). She was joint chairman – Scottish Audit Gastric and Oesophageal Cancer Group (1996-2001) and chairman of the Computer Aided Diagnosis working party for the NHSBSP.