Julie R. Gralow M.D.

Julie R. Gralow M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Breast Care, Cancer Care (Breast)


Cancer Care





Dr. Julie Gralow is director of Breast Medical Oncology at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Jill Bennett Endowed Professor of Breast Cancer in the Oncology Division of the University of Washington School of Medicine and a member of the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Gralow has dedicated her life to fighting breast cancer. She’s involved in research and caring for patients, has co-authored the book, "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, Gralow graduated with an M.D. 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. 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.

Patient Care Philosophy

Cancer is about living, not dying. I enjoy helping my breast cancer patients take control of their health through cutting-edge treatments, education, exercise, nutrition and a positive mental attitude.

Personal Interests

Travel, skiing, running, hiking and mountain climbing, bicycling, windsurfing and scuba diving.

Clinical Interests

Investigational breast cancer treatments; high-dose chemotherapy; immunotherapy; gene therapy and breast cancer genetics.

Research Interests

Clinical research in breast cancer bone metastases and bisphosphonates.


USC-Keck School of MedicineMedical education1988
Brigham and Women's HospitalInternshipInternal Medicine
Brigham and Women's HospitalResidencyInternal Medicine
UW - Dept. of Medical OncologyFellowshipInternal Medicine


Board Certifications

American Board of Internal MedicineMedical Oncology1995
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