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Otis Brawley is professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and 39th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Brawley leads a broad interdisciplinary research effort of cancer health disparities at the Johns Hopkins 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 also directs community outreach programs for underserved populations throughout Maryland as the Kimmel Cancer Center’s associate director for community outreach and engagement.

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 a member of the National Academy of Medicine and recently received the Martin D. Abeloff Award for Excellence in Public Health and Cancer Control from the Maryland State Council of Cancer Control. The award, named after the director of the Kimmel Cancer Center from 1992 until his death in 2007, was established to recognize advancements made in cancer control practices that influenced the field of public health on a statewide, national or global scale.

A graduate of the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, he completed an internal medicine residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case-Western Reserve University and a fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute. more


  • Professor of Oncology

Departments / Divisions

  • Oncology - Cancer Prevention and Control and Viral Oncology



  • MD; University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (1985)


  • Internal Medicine; Case Western Reserve University (1988)


  • Medical Oncology; National Institutes of Health (1990)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (1988)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology) (1993)
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