Binaytara Foundation adds Dr. Gralow to board of directors

SEATTLE — Dr. Julie Gralow, director of breast medical oncology at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, has joined the board of directors of the Binaytara Foundation, an international cancer health nonprofit based in Washington state.

Dr. Gralow is a renowned medical oncologist who has dedicated her life to fighting breast cancer. She is also a clinical research division member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and a professor of medical oncology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

She joins the Binaytara Foundation during the beginning phases of its project to establish the first comprehensive cancer center in southeast Nepal. When complete, the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center will treat approximately 20,000 patients from Nepal and India annually. The center is currently offering preventive oncology and palliative care services, and will soon offer chemotherapy and surgical services. The foundation is also in the final stages of a separate project to establish 51 palliative care centers throughout the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, which has a population of 73 million.

“The new public cancer center is an exciting example of collaboration and partnership that will impact the outcomes of many cancer patients in the region,” Dr. Gralow said. “The work the Binaytara Foundation is doing internationally with respect to improving cancer care and palliative care is phenomenal.”

Dr. Gralow brings a wealth of global oncology expertise that will benefit the Binaytara Foundation’s international projects. She founded the Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network in 2003, which hosts summits throughout Europe, South Asia, and East Africa. She is also involved in a global campaign tied to the World Health Organization and the United Nations to reduce premature mortality for non-communicable diseases, and chairs an ASCO task force on academic global oncology.

She is heavily involved in the foundation’s Summit on National and Global Cancer Health Disparities held annually in Seattle. She is the co-chair of the 2019 event, to be held April 27–28 at the Crowne Plaza Downtown. The event brings together stakeholders from across the spectrum of healthcare delivery to discuss disparities in cancer care and come up with solutions.

Dr. Gralow joins a board of directors made of Co-Founder and President Dr. Binay Shah, Co-Founder Tara Shah, Dr. Timothy Erickson of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Yusuf Qamruzzaman of Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center, and Dr. Derrel Walker of Horizon Home Health and Hospice.

Contact: Aaron Weinberg, Development Director, 360–639–4063, aaron.w@binayfoundation.org