Julie R. Gralow

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Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Executive Vice President of ASCO


Prof. Gralow is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Executive Vice President of ASCO.

Previously, Prof. Gralow  was the Jill Bennett Endowed Professor of Breast Cancer at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Professor in the Clinical Research division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, as well as Director of Breast Medical Oncology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

She is strongly committed to advancing equity in cancer care. As founder of the Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network (WE CAN), she supports patient advocates in low- and middle-resource countries. In addition, she served as an adjunct professor in the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health, as a member of the University of Washington’s Breast Cancer Equity Initiative, as Medical Director for Women’s Cancer-related Population Health at the University of Washington, and as an advisory council member for the Uganda Cancer Institute’s adult Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Training Programme. Dr. Gralow received the ASCO Humanitarian Award in 2018 for her work in empowering women cancer patients and survivors globally.

She is a recognized leader in breast cancer clinical research, and has conducted clinical trials in breast cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship. Prof. Gralow served in leadership roles for the SWOG Cancer Research Network funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), including as Vice Chair of the Breast Cancer Committee and Executive Officer of Breast and Lung Cancer.

Before joining ASCO full-time, Dr. Gralow served the Society in a variety of volunteer and leadership roles, including chairing the ASCO Academic Global Oncology Task Force, co-chairing the ASCO Resource Stratified Guideline Advisory Group, and serving on the editorial board of the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO)/ASCO Global Curriculum in Medical Oncology.

She also has been involved with numerous other nonprofit organizations, including Team Survivor Northwest, an exercise and fitness programme for woman cancer survivors which she co-founded in 1995 and serves as Team Physician; a medical advisory committee member for Cierra Sisters African American Support Group; an advisory board member of Global Focus on Cancer; and a Board member of Peace Island Medical Centre, a rural access hospital in Washington State.

Prof. Gralow received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and her medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. She trained in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School and completed a medical oncology fellowship at University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle.


Updated: May 2024