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Otis W. Brawley

Dr. Otis Webb Brawley is an acknowledged global leader in the field of cancer prevention and control. As the chief medical & scientific officer, and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society, he is responsible for promoting the goals of cancer prevention, early detection and quality treatment through cancer research and education. He guides efforts to enhance and focus the nation’s research program, upgrade the Society’s
advocacy capacity and concentrate community cancer control efforts in areas where they will be most effective.

Dr. Brawley currently serves as professor of hematology, oncology, medicine and epidemiology at Emory University. From 2001-2007, he was director of the Georgia Cancer Center at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and deputy director for cancer control at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. He previously co-chaired the U.S. Surgeon General’s Task Force on Cancer Health Disparities.

He has served on a number of advisory committees: the NIH Committee on Women’s Health; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, and Advisory Committee on Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control; the Food and Drug Administration Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee. He also chaired the NIH Consensus Panel on the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease.

Among his numerous awards, he was a Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar and received the Key to St. Bernard Parish for 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 and 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 graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Case-Western Reserve University and in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute.