Claire L. Hiles


Major, Air Force

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Staff Hematologist/Oncologist
Location: David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB, CA
Research Interests:
General hematology/oncology
Neurooncology, non-small cell lung cancer, advanced life care planning, integrative medicine
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College/University: University of Virginia, BA (2003-2006)
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine, MD (2007-2011)
Residency: San Antonio Uniform Services Health Education Consortium, Internal Medicine (2011-2014)
Fellowship: San Antonio Uniform Services Health Education Consortium, Hematology/Oncology (2014-2017)

Internal medicine (2014)
Hematology (2017)
Oncology (2017)


After graduating University of Virginia undergraduate with BA in neuroscience and School of Medicine with MD, Dr. Hiles entered her USAF training in Internal Medicine then Hematology/Oncology at SAMMC. She carried her interests in neuro-oncology and advanced life care planning for the terminally ill throughout her training to her current practice. She conducted and participated in several bench and clinical research projects focusing on the care of patients with brain, hereditary colon, and lung cancers. Working with regional & national organizations of ACP and ASCO, she championed the educational and career development for internal medicine residents & hem/onc fellows. She established an advanced life care planning education program for patients and internal medicine residents at SAMMC, propagated at her current assignment at DGMC on Travis AFB, CA. Her current academic endeavors include standardizing chemotherapy regimens and integrative nutritional medicine for cancer patients. Outside of her active career in hematology/oncology, Dr. Hiles interests include hiking (with the lifelong goal to visit every U.S. National Park), running, whole-food plant-based cooking, and classical literature.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

ASCO Trainee Council Chair (2016-2017) – Fellow

ASCO Scientific Program Committee: Central Nervous System Tumors Track fellow representative (2016-2017) – Fellow

ASCO Women in Oncology fellow representative (2016-2017) – Fellow

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Professional Development Committee fellow representative (2014-2017) – Fellow

USUHS Teaching Fellow in Medicine (2012-2017) – Resident/Fellow

Hematology/Oncology Chief Fellow (2016-2017) – Fellow

General Medical Education Council fellow representative (2014-2016) – Fellow

Outstanding Fellow Award (2017)

Air Force Achievement Medal for meritorious service (2014)

Bridget K. Fietchtner Humanism in Medicine Award (2014)

Representative Bibliography

Chambers JA, Hiles CL, Keane BP: Brachial plexus injury management in military casualties: Who, what, when, why, and how. Military Medicine. 2014 Jun; Vol 179(6):640-4. (resident)

Hiles C, Park S, Hamlin D, Sugalski R, George B: Presented Abstracts from the thirty second annual education conference of the Nation Society of Genetic Counselors (Anaheim, CA, October 2013). Implementation of risk assessment tool for hereditary colorectal cancer and Lynch syndrome in gastroenterology clinic for referral to genetics. J Genet Couns. 2013;22:925-1021. (resident, abstract only)

Tooze A, Hiles C, Sheehan JP: Neurocognitive changes in pituitary adenoma patients after Gamma Knife radiosurgery: A preliminary study. World Neurosurgery. 2012 Jul;78(1-2):122-8. (intern)

Starke RM, Williams BJ, Hiles C, Nguyen JH, Elsharkawy MY, Sheehan JP: Gamma Knife surgery of skull base meningiomas. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2012 Mar;116(3):588-97. (intern)

Starke RM, Olson C, Nguyen JH, Rainey J, Williams BJ, Sheehan JP: Gamma knife radiosurgery of tentorial meningiomas. Journal of Radiosurgery and SBRT. 2011;1(2):123-31. (medical student)

Sheehan J, Cifarelli CP, Dassoulas K, Olson C, Rainey J, Han S: Trans-sodium crocetinate enhancing survival and glioma response on magnetic resonance imaging to radiation and temozolomide. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2010 Aug;113(2):234-9. (medical student)

Olson C, Yen CP, Schlesinger D, Sheehan J: Radiosurgery for intracranial hemangiopericytomas: outcomes after initial and repeat Gamma Knife surgery. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2010 Jan;112(1):133-9. (medical student)

Basina BR, Olson C, Roy DK, Yen CP, Schlesinger D, Nagayama K, Sheehan JP: Radiation dose and incidence of new metastasis in the anterior temporal lobe structures of radiosurgically treated patients. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2010 Jan;112(1):122-9. (medical student)

Sheehan J, Sherman J, Cifarelli C, Jagannathan J, Dassoulas K, Olson C, Rainey J, Han S: Effect of trans sodium crocetinate on brain tumor oxygenation. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2009 Aug;111(2):226-9. (medical student)

Kramer AH, Bleck TP, Dumont AS, Kassell NF, Olson C, Nathan B: Implications of early versus late bilateral pulmonary infiltrates in patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurocrit Care. 2009;10(1):20-7. (medical student)