Otis Webb Brawley, MD, MACP

Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Executive Vice President, Research American Cancer Society

Otis Webb Brawley, MD, is an acknowledged global leader in the field of cancer prevention and control. As the chief medical and 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 champions efforts to decrease smoking, improve diet, and provide the critical support cancer patients need. He also 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. He is also a medical consultant to the Cable News Network (CNN). 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 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.

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

He has been listed by Castle Connelly as one of America’s Top Doctors for Cancer. Among numerous other 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, a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and one of less than 1300 physicians to be named a Master of the American College of Physicians in its more than 100 year history. Dr. Brawley is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Brawley graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine; trained in internal medicine at Case-Western Reserve University, and in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute.