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Otis W. Brawley, MD, Joins Faculty of Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center


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Otis W. Brawley, MD

Otis W. Brawley, MD

Otis W. Brawley, MD, an authority on cancer screening and prevention who served as Chief Medical and Scientific Officer for the American Cancer Society and Director of the Georgia Cancer Center at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, has been named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Brawley will lead a broad interdisciplinary research effort of cancer health disparities at the University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, working to close racial, economic, and social disparities in the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer in the United States and worldwide. He will also direct community outreach programs for underserved populations throughout Maryland as the Kimmel Cancer Center’s Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement.

“I am humbled to join the faculty,” Dr. Brawley said. “It is a true privilege to be awarded a Bloomberg Distinguished Professorship. I appreciate the trust given me by the amazing scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. I plan to continue my work looking at how health care, especially oncology, is practiced.”

A former Professor of Oncology and Hematology and Deputy Director for Cancer Control at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta, Dr. Brawley is expected to see patients with prostate cancer while at Johns Hopkins. He will teach undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Epidemiology in the Bloomberg School, the Department of Oncology at the School of Medicine, and in the university’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Brawley is the 39th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins and will take his place among an interdisciplinary cohort of scholars working to address major world problems and teach the next generation of physicians, scientists, and academics. The program is backed by a $350 million gift from former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a Johns Hopkins alumnus and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. 


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