Otis Brawley, MD


Titles and Roles

Chief Medical Officer
American Cancer Society
Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


In his role as Chief Medical Officer at the American Cancer Society, Otis Brawley, MD, 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.

From 2001 to 2007, Dr. Brawley was medical director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital and deputy director for cancer control at Winship Cancer Institute. He previously served as a member of the ACS Prostate Cancer Committee, co-chaired the U.S. Surgeon General's Task Force on Cancer Health Disparities, and filled a variety of capacities at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), most recently serving as assistant director.

Dr. Brawley currently serves on the External Advisory Board for Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. He is a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women. He was formerly a member of the CDC Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Advisory Committee. He served as a member of the Food and Drug Administration Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee and chaired the National Institutes of Health Consensus Panel on the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease.


Dr. Brawley earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He then went on the complete his internship and residency at the University Hospital of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio. After his internship, Dr. Brawley continued on to pursue a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. 


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 2015, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

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