Bridget graduated in Medicine from the University of Otago, then undertook postgraduate training and MD research at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute for Cancer Research in London, before returning to a position as Medical Oncologist at Christchurch Hospital in 1986. Since 1998 she held a joint appointment at the University of Otago and the CDHB, and in 2010 was appointed to the Mackenzie Chair in Cancer Medicine. She has experienced many advances in cancer therapy and supportive care, and remains committed to achieving the best outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. In recent years she has focused on breast cancer, sarcoma, brain tumours and several rare cancer types.
She also directs the Cancer Society Tissue Bank to support research, and is clinical director of the Mackenzie Cancer Research Group, focusing on problems directly relevant to cancer patients, e.g. effects of obesity/exercise on chemotherapy response, familial cancer, as well as clinical trials in cancer patients.