Julie R. Gralow, MD
Dedicated to women with breast cancer
Dr. Julie Gralow is director of Breast Medical Oncology at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and is a professor in the oncology division of the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Gralow has dedicated her life to fighting breast cancer. She’s involved in research and caring for patients, has co-authored a book on breast cancer and exercise, and has launched several cancer support organizations.
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 medical director of Team Survivor Northwest, an exercise and fitness program for woman cancer survivors and joins Team Survivor members climbing mountains, snowshoeing, running in the Race for the Cure, and riding the Seattle to Portland bicycle ride.
"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."
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.
Going the extra mile for her patients in promoting efforts to enhance the quality of life of women in cancer treatment, Gralow helped launch the Living Well with Cancer Series at University of Washington Medical Center and Innervisions, a traveling exhibit of art by women with breast cancer.
Joan Bowman, a Sequim artist and breast cancer survivor, was introduced to Innervisions by Dr. Gralow, her oncologist. "It kept me painting. I don't know what I would have done without Innervisions. It was like a support group."
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, 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/neu oncogene in patients with breast cancer.
A member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology since 1995, Gralow has received awards for her research, chaired several committees, and has participated in many more expert panels looking at various aspects of breast cancer treatment and research. She is also a member of the Southwest Oncology Group and serves as vice-chair for its Breast Cancer Committee and co-chair of the Breast Scientific Leadership Council Steering Committee of the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups.
An author of more than 70 scholarly articles and 85 published abstracts, Gralow is a member of the editorial boards of several national publications and serves as a delegate to the University of Washington Center for Women and Democracy advising the group on its missions to Cuba, the Baltics, South Africa, Ukraine, and China.
In 2006, Gralow received the Helen H. Jackson “Women of Valor” award for her activism in medicine and health care in Washington State. And in 2007 was listed as one of Seattle Magazine's Best Doctors.
Julie R. Gralow, MDDr. Gralow is a medical oncologist who specializes in treating women with breast cancer.
Patient Care Philosophy:
Cancer is about living, not dying. I enjoy helping my breast cancer patients take control of their health through leading-edge treatments, education, exercise, nutrition, and a positive mental attitude.
- Director, Breast Medical Oncology, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
- Clinical Research Division, Associate Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- Professor, Medical Oncology Division, University of Washington School of Medicine
Investigational Breast Cancer Treatments, Chemotherapy, Hormonal Therapy, Biologically Targeted Therapies
Education And Training
- MD: University of Southern California, 1988
- Undergraduate: Stanford University, 1981
- Fellow, American College of Physicians, elected 2008
- American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Statesman Award, 2008
- Seattle Magazine Best Doctor, 2007, 2008, 2009