Dr. Spillman was born in Victorville, California, the daughter of Lt. Col. (Ret.) James A. Spillman and Alice G. Spillman. She graduated from Santa Anna High School in Santa Anna, Texas, as the valedictorian. She enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin in the Dean’s Scholars Honors Program of the College of Natural Sciences. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry with High Honors, she enrolled in the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas.
At UT Southwestern, Dr. Spillman participated in the combined Medical Scientist Training Program which culminated in the awarding of both the MD and PhD degrees. Her PhD thesis was entitled, “Estrogen Regulated Genes in Breast and Ovarian Cancer.”
She pursued clinical training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospital Integrated Residency Program in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
Dr. Spillman has been an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado Denver since 2003. She also serves as a Women’s Reproductive Health Research Fellow at UCD. She continues to pursue her interest in hormone regulated genes within the Program of Excellence in Cancers of the Ovary in Colorado (PECOC).
“Spillman’s Liz Tilberis Scholars Award.” University of Colorado Cancer Center Director’s Message, April 7, 2009.