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Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University

Otis W. Brawley, M.D., F.A.C.P., Professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine and Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society (ACS), promotes 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. His work seeks to enhance and focus research programs, support health 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 ACS'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.

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.


  • –present
    Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society


Castle Connelly, one of America’s top doctors for cancer; Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar; received the Key to St. Bernard Parish for his work in the U.S. Public Health Service in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology; Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology; Master of the American College of Physicians; and Member. the National Academy of Medicine.