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Cancer Disparities Expert Named Bloomberg Professor

Otis Brawley, former chief medical and scientific officer for the American Cancer Society and an authority on cancer screening, has been named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at The Johns Hopkins University.

He will lead a broad interdisciplinary research effort of cancer health disparities at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. The effort aims to close racial, economic and social disparities in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer in the United States and worldwide.

Brawley, who previously served as director of the Georgia Cancer Center at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, will also direct community outreach programs for underserved populations throughout Maryland as the Kimmel Cancer Center’s associate director for community outreach and engagement.

“[Dr. Brawley] is a leading voice in the thoughtful development of cancer screening strategies and ensuring their effectiveness,” says William Nelson, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center. “He is a key figure in cancer health disparities and is poised to serve the people of Baltimore, of Maryland and beyond.”

Brawley is expected to see prostate cancer patients while at Johns Hopkins and will teach undergraduate and graduate students in the schools of public health, medicine, and arts and sciences.