Julie R. Gralow, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
It's a privilege to be invited into patients' lives — listening to their priorities and deciding together what the next steps will be.”
Why do you enjoy caring for patients at SCCA?
I believe that our quality of life is just as important as the number of days we have. Practicing oncology at SCCA has gifted me the opportunity to put patients’ quality of life at the forefront of what I do, whether I’m providing care, conducting a clinical trial or advocating for underserved women who are fighting cancer. It’s incredibly fulfilling to be able to guide patients and their families through the ups and downs of a diagnosis while also participating in research that improves the standard of care for future generations.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
As the director of breast medical oncology at SCCA, I have dedicated my life to fighting breast cancer. This passion has led me to conduct dozens of clinical trials, one of which changed the way we administer bisphosphonates, drugs that prevent breast cancer from invading bone. I have also been recognized for my work in global patient advocacy regarding cancer care; in 2018, I received the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Humanitarian Award.
What is your approach to care?
Cancer is about living, not dying. For more than 25 years, I have been empowering women to make healthy choices, so they can live the best life possible, both during and after treatment. Each patient has a unique vision of what it means not only to survive but also thrive after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis. Whatever that vision is, I partner with you to help you achieve it: exploring leading-edge treatments, eating a nutritious diet, being active, building a support network and fostering a positive mental attitude.
University of Southern California
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Department of Internal Medicine
University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Medical Oncology
Medical Oncology, 1995, 2016, American Board of Internal Medicine