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OTIS W. BRAWLEY, M.D.
Otis W. Brawley, M.D., F.A.C.P., chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, is responsible for promoting the goals of cancer prevention, early detection, and quality treatment through cancer research and education. He champions efforts to decrease smoking, improve diet, detect cancer at the earliest stage, and provide the critical support cancer patients need. He also guides efforts to enhance and focus the research program, upgrade the Society’s advocacy capacity, and concentrate community cancer control efforts in areas where they will be most effective. Further, as an acknowledged global leader in the field of health disparities research, Dr. Brawley is a key leader in the Society’s work to eliminate disparities in access to quality cancer care.
Dr. Brawley currently serves as professor of hematology, oncology, medicine and epidemiology at Emory University. From April of 2001 to November of 2007, he was medical director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and deputy director for cancer control at Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. He filled a variety of capacities at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), most recently serving as assistant director. He is listed by Castle Connelly as one of America’s top doctors for cancer. Among numerous other awards, he was a Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar and received the Key to St. Bernard Parish for his work in the U.S. Public Health Service in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He is a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and one of less than 1,300 physicians to be named a Master of the American College of Physicians in its more than 100-year history. Dr. Brawley is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Brawley is a graduate of University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case-Western Reserve University, his residency at University Hospital of Cleveland, and his fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.
- The Cancer Breakthroughs That Cost Too Much & Do Too Little (Newsweek, August 2012)
- Armstrong's Cancer Foundation Still Strong (Cable News Network, August 2012)
- Asprin May Aid Cancer Recovery (New York Times, August 2012)
- Wheary: Keep the focus on women and cancer (Newsday, February 2012)
- The Chief Complaint: Dr. Otis Brawley (Atlanta Magazine Feature, February 2012)
- How We Do Harm A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America (Macmillan Books, January 2012)
- How doctors do harm (Cable News Network, January 2012)
- Journal of the National Cancer Institute
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