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Julie Renee Brahmer, M.D.
Co-Director of the Upper Aerodigestive Department within the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
Professor of Oncology
Expertise: Clinical Trials, Lung Cancer, Medical Oncology, Mesothelioma
Research Interests: Development of anti-PD-1 antibodies; Drug development for thoracic malignancies and immunotherapy
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Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Appointment Phone: 410-955-8964
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Julie R. Brahmer, M.D., M.Sc. is the Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program and Professor of Oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. She also directs the Kimmel Cancer Center on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus and is co-principal investigator on Johns Hopkins' National Clinical Trials Network.
Dr. Brahmer received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Philosophy in 1989 from the Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and went on to receive her medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine in 1993. Completing her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Utah, Dr. Brahmer later became the Chief Medical Resident until moving to Baltimore to complete her fellowship in Medical Oncology at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Brahmer is an active clinical leader in the treatment of lung cancer and mesothelioma. She leads the organization of the multidisciplinary thoracic malignancy conference whose members meet weekly to discuss thoracic malignancy cases that need a multidisciplinary review/approach. Dr. Brahmer's research and clinical practice focuses on the development of new therapies for the treatment and prevention of lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Dr. Brahmer's research interests include leading early phase immunotherapy trials of anti-PD-1 antibodies, international phase III studies of immunotherapies in lung cancer and investigator-initiated trials evaluating epigenetic therapies in combination with immunotherapies.
She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Thoracic Committee and Cancer Prevention Steering Committee. She is one of the founding Board members for the National Lung Cancer Partnership (formerly Women Against Lung Cancer). Within the National Lung Cancer Partnership, she currently serves as a member and the Chairman of the Scientific Executive Committee. She is also on the medical advisory board of the Lung Cancer Research Fund and the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.
- Co-Director of the Upper Aerodigestive Department within the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
- Director, Thoracic Oncology
- Professor of Oncology
- MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center (1993)
- The University of Utah / Internal Medicine (1997)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Oncology (2000)
- American Board of Internal Medicine / Medical Oncology (1999)
Research & Publications
Dr. Brahmer is an active clinical leader in the treatment of lung cancer and mesothelioma at SKCCC. She is in charge organizing the multidisciplinary thoracic malignancy conference whose members meet weekly to discuss thoracic malignancy cases that need a multidisciplinary review/approach. She is also a part of the oncology pain team headed by Dr. Stuart Grossman.
Clinical Trial KeywordsPhase 1, mesothelioma, lung cancer
Selected PublicationsView all on Pubmed
Topalian SL, Hodi FS, Brahmer JR, Gettinger SN, Smith DC, McDermott DF, Powderly JD, Carvajal RD, Sosman JA, Atkins MB, Leming PD, Spigel DR, Antonia SJ, Horn L, Drake CG, Pardoll DM, Chen L, Sharfman WH, Anders RA, Taube JM, McMiller TL, Xu H, Korman AJ, Jure-Kunkel M, Agrawal S, McDonald D, Kollia GD, Gupta A, Wigginton JM, Sznol M. Safety, Activity and Immune Correlates of Anti-PD-1 Antibody in Cancer. N Engl J Med 2012; 366(26):2443-54.
Brahmer JR, Tykodi SS, Chow LQ, Hwu WJ, Topalian SL, Hwu P, Drake CG, Chen S, Salay TM, Alaparthy S, Grosso JF, Korman AJ, Parker SM, Agrawal S, Goldberg SM, Pardoll DM, Gupta A, Wigginton JM. Safety and Activity of Anti-PD-L1 Antibody in Patients with Advanced Cancer. N Engl J Med 2012; 366(26):2455-65.
Brahmer JR, Drake CG, Wollner I, Powderly JD, Picus J, Sharfman WH, Stankevich E, Pons A, Salay TM, McMiller TL, Gilson MA, Wang C, Selby M, Taube JM, Anders R, Chen L, Korman AJ, Pardoll DM, Lowy I, Topalian SL. A Phase I Study of Single-Agent Anti-PD1 (MDX-1106) in Refractory Solid Tumors: Safety, Clinical Activity, Pharmacodynamics and Immunological Correlates. J Clin Oncol, 2010; 28(19):3167-75.
Brahmer J, Reckamp KL, Baas P, Crinò L, Eberhardt WEE, Poddubskaya E, Antonia S, Pluzanski A, Vokes EE, Holgado E, Waterhouse D, Ready N, Gainor J, Arén Frontera O, Havel L, Steins M, Garassino MC, Aerts JG, Domine M, Paz-Ares, L, Reck M, Baudelet,C, Harbison CT, Lestini B, Spigel DR. Nivolumab versus Docetaxel in Advanced Squamous-Cell Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2015; 373(2);123-35.
Borghaei H, Paz-Ares L, Horn L, Spigel DR, Steins M, Ready NE, Chow LQ, Vokes EE, Felip E, Holgado E, Barlesi F, Kohlhäufl M, Arrieta O, Burgio MA, Fayette J, Lena H, Poddubskaya E, Gerber DE, Gettinger SN, Rudin CM, Rizvi N, Crinò L, Blumenschein GR Jr, Antonia SJ, Dorange C, Harbison CT, Graf Finckenstein F, Brahmer JR. Nivolumab versus Docetaxel in Advanced Nonsquamous Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2015; 373(17):1627-39.
Activities & Honors
- American Association of Cancer Research (AACR)
- Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC)
- Scientific Advisory Board, Lungevity
- Scientific Advisory Board, Lung Cancer Foundation of America
- Scientific Advisory Board, Lung Cancer Research Foundation
- Scientific Executive Committee, Free to Breathe
Videos & Media
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
Immunotherapy and Antibodies | Slaying Lung Cancer
The Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute: Immunotherapy - Game Changer, Game Challenge
Recent News Articles and Media Coverage
- Finding Your Best Treatment Options for Lung Cancer" Webinar, featuring Drs. Richard Battafarano and Julie Brahmer. Recorded Nov. 9, 2015.
- Breakthroughs in Cancer Immunotherapy Webinar: Immunotherapy for Lung Cancer: What Patients Need to Know. In a one-hour seminar, hosted by the Cancer Research Institute on Aug. 21, 2015, Dr. Brahmer discussed the latest research and current immunotherapies for patients with lung cancer.