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Dr Kirsten Herbert is a Consultant Haematologist at Cabrini and at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and is a specialist Physician in Clinical Haematology. She treats myeloma, lymphoma, leukaemias, myeloproliferative and myelodysplastic conditions and non malignant haematological disorders such as bleeding and clotting and iron disorders. She graduated with Honours in her dual degree (MBBS, and Bachelor of Medical Science) from the University of Melbourne in 1998. After Physician Training at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne she became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2007, completing training as a Specialist Haematologist at St Vincent’s Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, in Melbourne.

Dr Herbert has a PhD in Stem Cell Therapy and Translational Research. She is a member of the American, Australian and European Societies of Haematology and Oncology, and a member of the American Society for Bone Marrow Transplantation. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Cancer Council of Victoria Early Career Clinician Researcher Fellowship and the Leukaemia Foundation Max Whiteside Fellowship. She has served as Associate Investigator on a Victorian Cancer Agency Epigenetics Grant, and was Program Leader in Clinical Translation for the Cooperative Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing.

Dr Herbert has an ongoing and active role in stem cell and clinical research, and regenerative medicine. She is the Chief Medical Officer of Cell Therapies P/L at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of a range of organizations working towards the clinical development of Cellular Therapies for a wide range of cancers and other disorders. As Clinical Advisor for the Australian Stem Cell Centre, and subsequently with Stem Cells Australia she has an interest in patient advocacy and public education. With colleagues from the National Stem Cell Foundation and Stem Cells Australia, she co-authored the Australian Stem Cell Handbook which informs patients undertaking experimental and unproven therapies in Cellular Therapy. She has a keen interest in teaching of both medical students and advanced trainees in Haematology.

At Cabrini and Peter Mac, Dr Herbert has an ongoing role in the Clinical Trials program, both as author and Principal Investigator, as well as Co-Investigator on numerous trials of novel cancer treatments and collaborations with other study groups including Cancer Trials Australia. Dr Herbert’s Cabrini practice is based at Cabrini Malvern, where she consults every day. She also sees patients each week at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.