Dr. Otis W. Brawley, Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society, will give the keynote address at the 2013 Hooding Ceremony for the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University set for 2 p.m. May 9 at the William B. Bell Auditorium.
The annual rite formally acknowledges medical student achievement by administering the Hippocratic Oath and presenting the academic hood for the field of medicine which students will wear during GRU graduation May 10. This year 193 of MCG’s 196 graduating seniors and more than 60 MCG faculty members will participate.
Brawley is responsible for promoting 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 oversees the research program, upgrades the Society’s advocacy capacity, and concentrates community cancer control efforts in areas where they will be most effective. He is a key leader in the Society’s work to eliminate disparities in access to quality cancer care.
Brawley is a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women and a former member of the CDC 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 National Institutes of Health 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. Brawley currently serves as Professor of Hematology, Oncology, Medicine, and Epidemiology at Emory University.