It is with great pleasure that we announce Otis Webb Brawley, MD, chief medical and scientific officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society, as the 2014 Commencement Ceremony Speaker for Trinity School of Medicine.
Trinity School of Medicine Dean and Chancellor, Dr. W. Douglas Skelton recognized the honor of having a renowned and accomplished physician addressing Trinity's newest doctors.
"Dr. Brawley is recognized internationally for his work to control and prevent cancer. I had the pleasure of serving with him as Presidential appointees to the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences, the 'military medical school'. It is an honor to have Otis Brawley as our 2014 graduation speaker."
Dr. Brawley 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. Further, as an acknowledged global leader in the field of health disparities research, Dr. Brawley is a key leader in the Society’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. He is also a medical consultant to the Cable News Network (CNN). 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 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.
Currently, Dr. Brawley is a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women. He was a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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 NIH Consensus Panel on the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease.
He is 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 his work in the U.S. Public Health Service in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. 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.
Trinity School of Medicine's 2014 Commencement Ceremony will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, June 7 2014.