Julie N. Graff M.D.

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Associate Professor of Medicine School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.9 out of 5 (167 Ratings, 46 Comments)


  • Cancer

Special focus on

  • Prostate Cancer


  • M.D., George Washington University, 0 2003
  • Residency:

    • Internal medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, 2006
  • Fellowship:

    • Hematology and medical oncology, Oregon Health & Science University, 2009
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Internal Medicine, 2006


Dr. Graff was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended University of Arizona and graduated with a BS in Applied Mathematics with honors in 1998. She then went to medical school at George Washington University where she received her MD with distinction in 2003. She moved to Portland, OR, and completed residency and fellowship at the Oregon Health & Science University in 2009. Since that time, she has been on the faculty at the Knight Cancer Institute OHSU and on the staff at VA Portland Health Care System, where she has been the chief of hematology/oncology since 2018.

Dr. Graff focuses on helping patients with cancer live well. She sees patients with genitourinary cancers, such as prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular cancers, but her research is on prostate cancer. She has designed and implemented many clinical trials that have resulted in some dramatic results. She became internationally recognized for her work in immunotherapy in prostate cancer (link). This work has spun off into multiple trials. In 2018, she earned a prestigious $1M Movember Challenge Award from the Prostate Cancer Foundation to study the effect of manipulation of the gut microbiota on responses to immunotherapy in Veterans with advanced prostate cancer. The correlative work for this first-in-field research is led by co-principal investigators Dr. Amy Moran (immunologist) and Dr. Karen Sfanos (molecular pathologist). The critical work of understanding the genetic underpinnings of the biopsied tumors is led by Reid Thompson, MD, PhD. Together they hope to enhance prostate cancer responses to immunotherapy.

Dr. Graff is passionate about education and mentors multiple learners, ranging from pre-medical students to assistant professors. She is the recipient of resident and fellowship teaching awards. She is also very interested in diversity of leadership and is heading an effort to help female junior faculty in hematology/oncology. Also, she is incredibly passionate about giving Veterans the best cancer care in Oregon and beyond.

Outside of work, Dr. Graff spends time with her two children and partner. They keep her grounded and grateful for all she has.

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  • English
  • Spanish (some)

Memberships and associations

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

Patient Ratings

4.9 out of 5 (167 Ratings, 46 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Sep 24, 2019

    Dr. Graff was extremely supportive and receptive to my issues.

  • Apr 19, 2019

    Yes, this is [Name] wife, and I am responding on his behalf. We could...or could not be possibly be happier than we are with Dr. Graff. She is excellent.

  • Apr 17, 2019

    Dr Graff is professional, focused and extremely knowledgeable when discussing my cancer. A great doctor!!

  • Apr 17, 2019

    Julie is always great !

  • Apr 05, 2019

    Dr. Graff is professional, personable, and highly skilled. She is especially adept at communicating complex matters in a manner that is understandable and sensitive to the patient's perspective. I appreciate her direct answers and accessibility.

  • Mar 17, 2019

    Very capable kind of excellent listener, and I'm sure I confident Dr.

  • Mar 14, 2019

    Great doctor, empathy is always on display. She is one of the reasons I have lasted so long!

  • Mar 08, 2019

    Relaxed, pleasant, confident, answers any questions that I have. I trust in Dr. Graff to help me beat this cancer!

  • Mar 07, 2019

    First rate care

  • Mar 07, 2019

    Dr.Graff and her team of professionals are so wonderful to work with. They all answer our questions and truly care how my cancer treatments are affecting me and my wife.

  • Feb 16, 2019

    Gave me and my wife excellent, clear advice, listened carefully to my concerns, and responded thoughtfully.

  • Jan 31, 2019

    My experience was really good and I trust her as my doctor.

  • Jan 25, 2019

    She's absolutely excellent, I think Julie Graff is an exceedingly capable medical person and I enjoy her very much.

  • Jan 25, 2019

    Julie Graff is one of the best doctors I have ever had. She is keeping me alivewith my cancer I can't praise Julie enough. Thank you.

  • Jan 24, 2019

    Dr. Graff is a wonderful doctor.

  • Jan 17, 2019

    Outstanding!! Dr Graff is top notch, very engaging, likeable and professional!

  • Jan 17, 2019

    Three appointments lined up back to back through the day. All went well and was very happy to get all the business done in a single day.

  • Jan 17, 2019

    Always a pleasure !

  • Jan 10, 2019

    Dr Graff takes the time to answer any and all questions my wife and I have. She is interested in me as a patient and person. We talk about a longer term plan as well as how things are now. She listens to understand and makes sure we get the answers we need.

  • Jan 04, 2019

    Hi, this is [Name] talking about Julie Graff. She's great. I really enjoy it. She's very thorough, we go over all the stuff, and it's very, very good. She's a great doctor. Thank you.

  • Dec 14, 2018

    Doctor Graff was clear and helpful and created a great environment

  • Dec 09, 2018

    Dr. Graff is an amazing doctor. She's kept me alive for about 7 years. She has an excellent manner about her. She's just extremely nice. She's very, very thorough. She keeps me abreast of all the current therapies for cancer. She's very... she seems to know very much about all the different therapies being used for cancer such as immuneo therapy and chemotherapy and loop Ron therapy. I... I just feel very, very comfortable having her as my doctor and I couldn't be happier. And so she's... she's... she's just fantastic.

  • Nov 15, 2018

    My name is [Name] Julie Graff is as good an oncologist as I could've ever expected to have on my side while I work my way through cancer. She is always prepared, she's upbeat, she's truthful, she clarifies anything that I need to get clarified. She relates to my wife and me as though we were human beings or friends and not objects of her medical attention. I look forward to my visits with her and I would recommend her instantly to anybody who's in my position with advanced prostate cancer.

  • Nov 02, 2018

    Julie is thorough, compassionate, intelligent, takes time to listen, addresses all your concerns and needs, and overall, is an outstanding physician. Thank you.

  • Nov 01, 2018

    Excellent care

  • Oct 25, 2018

    Professional, empathetic and caring! You can't ask for more in a Doctor!

  • Oct 12, 2018

    Dr was very personable and informative.

  • Oct 04, 2018

    Dr. Graff is a very caring, very professional outstanding physician. I feel extremely fortunate to have her in charge of my care team for my clinical trial.

  • Sep 19, 2018

    Always interested, always concerned, professional in every way.

  • Sep 12, 2018

    Knowledgeable, polite, kind, caring.

  • Sep 12, 2018

    Knowledgeable Doctor, kind and caring. A good listener too!

  • Sep 07, 2018

    Very helpful provider.

  • Sep 07, 2018

    I really liked meeting with Julie. She's ? really good at what she does, very empathetic and a great doctor and researcher. I appreciate her help.

  • Aug 22, 2018

    Yeah I really like Dr. Graff, very great bedside manner, seemed generally concerned and interested in my case and it was a very good experience under the circumstances, I have cancer, so there you go but she was great. Thanks.

  • Aug 22, 2018

    Yeah, my experience with Julie has always been very positive and she listens to me and responds to what I need, besides her obvious depth of knowledge and (INAUDIBLE) which are the most important thing, her people skills are excellent, she relates to me and my family and what can I say about that and where I am in the stage of dealing with this disease, that is so important to me and my wife, so I can't thank her well enough.

  • Aug 22, 2018

    Dr. Graff is an exceptional physician. She is a very good listener, she gives quality feedback, she's well qualified; I'm familiar with her research and I have only the highest regard for her.

  • Aug 22, 2018

    Provided more than enough time for questions. Very knowledgeable;thoughtful and considered; pleasant personality.

  • Aug 15, 2018

    Dr. Graff is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise difficult world. She is able to deliver even the most difficult news in a compassionate manner that offers all of my medical options in a realistic yet optimistic scenario.

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  • Aug 01, 2018

    I've been see Doctor Graff for over 6 years, she's competent, always caring, I don't think I could ask for a better oncologist or better doctor, I think she's terrific - that's all.

  • Jul 25, 2018

    Dr. Graph is a phenomenal physician. She's professional, competent, very caring and knowledgeable and she always keeps your upper thoughts in her inner mind. She's very compassionate in that regard, I would recommend her for anybody. Thank you.

  • Jul 25, 2018

    Dr Graff is very patient oriented. She listens and is patient. It is difficult to absorb all the issue surrounding treating/curing cancer but she takes the time to explain and is honest about what is still unknown.

  • Jul 25, 2018

    I found the staff to be professional and through, to that point, the procedure was above the normal exam at a regular dentist office.

  • Jul 10, 2018

    Excellent, team work , caring, concerned and willing to do all to extend my life

  • Apr 24, 2018

    Dr Graff is outstanding! I have all the confidence in her and her care for me!

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