Julie R. Gralow, M.D.
Jill Bennett Endowed Professor in Breast Cancer
Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology
Adjunct Professor, Department of Global Health
Julie Gralow, M.D., is a professor of medical oncology at UW Medicine, director of Breast Medical Oncology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and a member of the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Global Health and is a faculty member in the Ellison Center for Russian, Eastern Europe and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, Dr. Gralow graduated with a medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School and a medical oncology fellowship at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center-University of Washington, where she also spent time researching immunity to the HER2 oncogene in patients with breast cancer.
Dr. Gralow has dedicated her life to fighting breast cancer. She’s involved in research, teaching and caring for patients. She is an internationally recognized expert in breast cancer clinical trials, with expertise in bone metastases, and she has served since 2000 as the co-chair of the breast cancer committee of the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), one of the major National Cancer Institute-supported cancer clinical trials groups. She is the co-secretariat of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries, and founded WE CAN (Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network) to empower and educate breast cancer patients around the world.
A member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology since 1995, Dr. Gralow has received awards for her research, has chaired several committees, and has participated in many more expert panels looking at various aspects of breast cancer treatment and research. She was elected a fellow of the American College of Physicians in 2008, and she received the American Society of Clinical Oncology Statesman Award in 2008, the Helen H. Jackson “Women of Valor” Award for Medicine and Health Care in Washington State in 2006, and the C. J. Taylor Outstanding Community Volunteer Award in 2005 from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Puget Sound Affiliate.
Exercise has long been a focus of Dr. Gralow’s mission. She believes that exercise helps women withstand the rigors of cancer treatment and improves their quality of life during and after treatment. She is co-founder and medical director of Team Survivor Northwest, an exercise and fitness program for female cancer survivors and joins Team Survivor members climbing mountains, snowshoeing, running and doing triathlons. In addition, Dr. Gralow co-authored Breast Fitness: An Optimal Exercise and Health Plan for Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer.
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