Women's Global Cancer Alliance

About Dr. Bob Hilgers

Dr Hilgers is President and CEO of the Women’s Global Cancer Alliance (WGCA). The WGCA works to advance women’s health, addressing particularly those in need of cancer care in developing countries.  80% of cancers in women occur in developing countries where only 5% of resources are available for care.

Dr Hilgers is a board certified Gynecologic Oncologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

He has been in leadership positions most of his life serving close to 30 years in various positions as Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, Division Chief and Department Chairman.  He trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) and  in Gynecologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.  He served as the first formally trained gyn oncologist at the University of New Mexico where he founded the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. He subsequently became an examiner of candidates aspiring to become certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology  in both Obstetrics and Obstetrics as well as in Gynecologic Oncology.

He is a founding member and first President of the Memorial Gynecologic Oncology Society and served as President of the Western Gynecologic Oncology Society.  He is a founding member of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) where he served first as Secretary Treasurer and then as its first Executive Director.  In 2003 he was designated World Oncology Leader by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). He is past President of the Metro Louisville American Cancer Society. Currently, he serves on the Humanitarian Committees of the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) and of the Greater Louisville Medical Society (GLMS).

He is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, the Society of Pelvic Surgeons,  the American Society of Association Executives, The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology as well as the International Society for the Study of Trophoblastic Disease and the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR). He is past member of the Society of Gynecological Surgeons and the European Society of Gynecologic Oncology.  He has served  as consultant as well on editorial boards of several peer reviewed medical journals. He is the author of 120 publications and has cared for over 1000 women with cancer of the cervix.

In 2005 he founded the Kentucky Cervical Cancer Coalition (KCCC) in an attempt to raise awareness of our need to eliminate cancer of the cervix in Kentucky women through early vaccination and regular Pap Smear screening. He serves on the state Cervical Cancer Medical Advisory Committee and the Kentucky Medical Association Cancer Committee.  In 2008 he founded the Women’s Global Cancer Alliance (WGCA) to draw attention to women without access to treatment in developing countries.

In 2009 he went to Zambia to study their Cervical Cancer Prevention Program – noted to be one of the best in the world addressing cervical cancer in a developing country.

His current work is focused on the need to prevent cancer of the cervix in the 90% of women who have no access to treatment in Haiti. Haiti has the highest incidence of Cancer of the Cervix in the world. He has been instrumental in initiating a  cervical cancer prevention clinic in Gros Mon (“grow maan”) and is currently working to establish a cervical cancer prevention clinic and training center in Gonaives (“go-naive”).  In addition, he is working with the Haitian Ministry of Health to build a National Cancer Treatment Center and establishing a National Cancer Registry.  He served with a medical disaster relief team two weeks after the earthquake of January 12, 2010.

His past achievements include being named Honorary Consultant, Charing Cross Hospital and Westminster School of Medicine in London, England; Honorary Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Science in Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China; and Honorary Member of the Argentina Association of Gynecologic Oncology ,Buenos Aires.  He has lectured in Florence, Fukuoka, Seoul, Guangzhou, London, Buenos Aires, Bangkok, and Port au Prince.  He has also been an observer of health care in Tibet, Nepal and Cambodia.

His career is further distinguished by being named one of Best Doctors of America, Best Doctors for Women, America’s Top Oncologists and is cited in the International Who’s Who of Professionals as well in the International Directory of Distinguished leadership.

Dr Hilgers is a lifelong student. He holds a Masters Degree in Health Care Management and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). He is an avid photographer as evidenced by the photographs taken in Haiti.


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