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My name is Otis W. Brawley, M.D. I am an oncologist or cancer doctor.

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Conditions Expert Dr. Otis Brawley Chief Medical Officer,
American Cancer Society

Hello, CNNhealth readers!

Most people, even patients call me Otis. I began my oncology career at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. I trained there and served on the faculty for more than a decade. I have maintained an interest in how we gain medical information. I like to study how research is done. I am also very interested in health disparities; that is, I study how often people do not get the care they need or get poor quality care. Much of my work has led to why people get let than optimal care.

For seven years I was director of a large cancer center in Atlanta, Georgia. This gave me practical experience in how people get medical care or how they they can get less than optimal medical care. As a clinician I specialize in breast cancer and genitourinary tumors especially bladder and prostate cancer.

I am a professor of hematology , oncology and medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and professor of epidemiology at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. I am also chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, the largest non-profit health-oriented charity in the U.S. From that prospective I get to see a lot of the problems and questions cancer patients have.

I have learned the best thing a patient can have is a good relationship with a doctor and open lines of communications.

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