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Dr. Otis  Brawley

Dr. Otis Brawley

Chief Medical & Scientific Officer, American Cancer Society, Inc.

Biography

Dr. Otis W. Brawley, MD, MACP, FASCO, FACE, the chief medical and scientific 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, 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. Read More >

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 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 filled a variety of capacities at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), most recently serving as assistant director. Among numerous awards, he was a Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar and received the Key to St. Bernard Parish and the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Meritorious Service Medal for his work as a PHS Commissioned Officer in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He is also a recipient of the Department of Defense Uniformed Services University Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to military medical education.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and one of less than 1,400 physicians to be named a Master of the American College of Physicians in its more than 100-year history. Dr. Brawley is also an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Brawley is a graduate of University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case-Western Reserve University and a fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute. He is board certified in Internal medicine and medical oncology. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Staying Healthy: Reducing Your Risk of Cancer

From genetics to the environment, many factors affect your risk of cancer. Responsible for promoting the goals of cancer prevention, early detection, and quality treatment through cancer research and education, Dr. Brawley champions efforts to decrease smoking, improve diet, and provide the critical support cancer patients need. You can reduce your risk of cancer by making healthy choices and following recommended screening guidelines, which can help detect certain cancers early. Get the facts on what you can do to help protect yourself and your loved ones. “I’d much rather prevent a cancer, than have to diagnose and treat and cure it.”

Eliminating Health Disparities

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. Cancer affects different populations differently, and minority groups in the United States continue to bear a disproportionate cancer burden. Much of this difference is due to factors like poverty and lack of access to prevention/detection services and high-quality treatment. Dr. Brawley will share research to help understand barriers to health care and create strategies for overcoming them.

How We Do Harm

As an oncologist with a dazzling clinical, research, and policy career, Dr. Brawley’s journey from a childhood in the gang-ridden streets of black Detroit, to the green hallways of Grady Memorial Hospital and onto the boardrooms of The American Cancer Society―results in a passionate view of medicine and a deep understanding of healthcare today. Brawley calls for rational healthcare, healthcare drawn from results-based, scientifically justifiable treatments. There is an overtreatment of the rich, the under treatment of the poor and the financial conflicts of interest that many times determine the care a patient receives. How We Do Harm is a well-reasoned manifesto for change, and Dr. Brawley will challenge all of us-- physicians, patients, and communities-- to recommit ourselves to the pledge to 'do no harm.

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