Julie R. Gralow, MD

Julie R. Gralow, MD

Professor, Medical Oncology
Department of Medicine
Division of Oncology
Jill Bennett Professorship in Breast Cancer
Director, Breast Medical Oncology
Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Clinical Research Division

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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
825 Eastlake Ave E G3-630
Seattle, WA 98109-1023

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Dedicated to Women with Breast Cancer

Dr. Julie Gralow is the Jill Bennett Endowed Professor of Breast Medical Oncology and Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington School of Medicine, a Member of the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Director of Breast Medical Oncology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Dr. Gralow has dedicated her life to fighting breast cancer. She is actively involved in clinical care, education, and research, and has led numerous local and national clinical trials related to breast cancer treatment, prevention, and survivorship. She has also launched several women’s cancer support organizations.

Dr. Gralow is committed to improving the quality of life for breast cancer patients through education, exercise and diet, and to promoting breast cancer awareness in the community. 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, medical director, and team physician of Team Survivor Northwest, an exercise and fitness program for woman cancer survivors. She routinely joins Team Survivor members climbing mountains, snowshoeing, running, and biking, along with other activities. "When I tell women that they should be trying to exercise and they see me doing it, they know I believe in it," Gralow says. "That's important."

Dr. Gralow co-authored "Breast Fitness: An Optimal Exercise and Health Plan for Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer." The book points to evidence that being overweight could double a woman's chances of getting breast cancer, and lays out a plan for surviving--and thriving--after a breast cancer diagnosis.

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, where she also spent time researching immunity to the HER-2 oncogene in patients with breast cancer.

An author of more than 200 scholarly articles and 170 published abstracts, Dr. Gralow is a member of the editorial boards of several national publications. Her area of research specialization is the relationship between breast cancer and the bone. A member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) since 1995, Dr. Gralow has received awards for her research, chaired several ASCO committees, and has participated in ASCO expert panels looking at various aspects of breast cancer treatment and research, as well as global oncology. She is currently chair of the ASCO Academic Global Oncology Task Force, Co-Chair of the ASCO Resource Stratified Guideline Advisory Group, and a Member of the ASCO Cancer Education Committee. Dr. Gralow is also a member of the National Cancer Institute-funded SWOG cancer clinical trial group and serves as SWOG Executive Officer for breast and lung cancer. In this role she oversees ground-breaking national clinical trials in cancer.

Dr. Gralow is dedicated to improving the lives of cancer patients across the globe. She is founder of the Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network (WE CAN), a group dedicated to empowering women cancer patient advocates in low and middle income countries, and Co-Chair of the Breast Cancer Initiative 2.5 (BCI2.5), a Global Campaign to reduce disparities in breast cancer care globally.

In 2006, Dr. Gralow received the Helen H. Jackson “Women of Valor” award for her activism in medicine and health care in Washington State. She was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology as well as the American College of Physicians in 2008. Dr. Gralow received the Team Survivor Northwest "Gralow Award" for Outstanding Support of Team Survivor Northwest in 2013, the Seattle Business Magazine Leaders in Healthcare Achievement in Community Outreach Award in 2014, and was a nominee for the OncLiv Giants of Cancer Community Outreach award in 2016.

Last updated: September 2017