Dr. Otis Brawley

Dr. Otis Brawley is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University. He served as Chief Medical and Scientific Officer for the American Cancer Society from 2007 through 2018, and Director of the Georgia Cancer Society at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Dr. Brawley is a former Professor of Oncology and Hematology and Deputy Director for Cancer Control at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta. He has co-chaired the U.S. Surgeon General's Task Force on Cancer Health Disparities, and filled a variety of positions at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), including Assistant Director. He has served as a member of the Food and Drug Administration Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Advisory Committee. Dr. Brawley has published more than 200 scientific articles and he has written a book, How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America. Dr. Brawley is a graduate of University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case-Western Reserve University, and a fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute.


Dr. Haywood Brown

Dr. Brown is Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Opportunity and Title IX Administrator with the University of South Florida System, where he also serves as Associate Dean for Diversity of the Morsani College of Medicine and Chief Diversity Officer for USF Health. His medical career spans more than 30 years, and includes serving as the F. Bayard Center Professor of Obstetrics and Department Chair at Duke University School of Medicine and Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Brown is a past President of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and The American Gynecological Obstetrical Society, as well as a past Chair of the Ob-Gyn Section of the National Medical Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and his medical degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. He completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences, followed by subspecialty fellowship training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Memorial Hospital.


Dr. Harold Freeman

Dr. Harold Freeman pioneered the concept of patient navigation in 1990 in order to eliminate barriers to timely cancer screening diagnosis, treatment and supportive care. In 2007, the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention established the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, of which Dr. Freeman serves as President. Currently, Dr. Freeman is Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He was the Director of the Department of Surgery at Harlem Hospital Center from 1974 through 1999, during which time he established two free breast and cervical cancer screening centers in Harlem in order to improve chances of early detection. He has served as Chairman of the U.S. President's Cancer Panel and Director of the National Cancer Institute's Center for Reducing Health Disparities. Dr. Freeman was National President of the American Cancer Society from 1988 to 1989, is the Chief Architect of its Initiative on Cancer and the Poor, and was honored by the ACS in 1990 with the creation of a special award in his name. He authored the report “Cancer in the Economically Disadvantaged.” Dr. Freeman received his bachelor’s degree from Catholic University and his medical degree from Howard University Medical School. He completed his residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.


Jane Mendez, M.D., FACS
Chief of Breast Surgery

Jane E. Mendez, M.D., FACS is a Breast surgical oncologist and chief of breast surgery at Miami Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida and the state’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance. Dr. Mendez earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and her medical degree from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where she also completed a surgery residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and was fellowship trained in Breast Surgery at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, also in New York City. She has contributed to notable breast cancer research, the findings of which have been widely published. Dr. Mendez has presented abstracts at numerous national and international symposiums and serves on the editorial board of the breast section of the Annals of Surgical Oncology.

Renowned for her patient care and advocacy, Dr. Mendez is passionate about educating patients and advancing breast cancer awareness and prevention in the community and at national meetings, away from the clinical setting. She was formerly appointed to the governing board of Susan G. Komen, Massachusetts affiliate, is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and is an active member of numerous professional societies including the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Prior to joining Miami Cancer Institute in March 2017, Dr. Mendez gained extensive experience as a breast surgical oncologist at Boston Medical Center, where she served as president of the medical and dental staff. She also served as director of surgical clerkship and associate professor of surgery at Boston University School of Medicine. She currently lives in Coconut Grove.

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