Otis Brawley

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Otis Webb Brawley
Alma materUniversity of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Known forWork on cancer
AwardsKey to St. Bernard Parish, Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar, Member of the National Academy of Medicine
Scientific career
FieldsOncology and Epidemiology
InstitutionsEmory University

Otis Webb Brawley is an American physician and the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. He served as Chief Medical and Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society from July 2007 to November 2018. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology and is a Master of the American College of Physicians, Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine now known as the National Academy of Medicine.


Brawley is a graduate of University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case-Western Reserve University, and a fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute. As the chief medical and scientific officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society, Brawley is responsible for promoting the goals of cancer prevention, early detection, and quality treatment through cancer research and education. He is Professor of haematology, medical oncology, medicine and epidemiology at Emory University. He is also a medical consultant to the Cable News Network (CNN).[1] From 2001 to 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 the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. He has also previously served as a member of the Society's Prostate Cancer Committee, co-chaired the U.S. Surgeon General's Task Force on Cancer Health Disparities, and filled a variety of positions at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), most recently serving as Assistant Director. Brawley serves on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has served as a member of the Food and Drug Administration Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Advisory Committee and chaired the NIH Consensus Panel on the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease. 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. In 2011, Brawley joined the International Prevention Research Institute as Senior Research Fellow.[2]

Brawley has published more than 200 scientific articles[3] and he has written a book, How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America.[4]

Brawley works to reduce overscreening of medical conditions.[5]


  1. ^ Otis Brawley, Medical Consultant to the CNN
  2. ^ Otis Brawley at iPRI Archived 24 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Otis Brawley's publications in PubMed
  4. ^ "How We Do Harm", Kirkus Reviews, November 28, 2011.
  5. ^ Lenzer, Jeanne (2016). "Otis Brawley—one of the first to question the value of screening". BMJ. 353: i2301. doi:10.1136/bmj.i2301. ISSN 1756-1833. PMID 27117310.

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