Rachel Brem

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Rachel Brem
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BornRachel Frydman
(1952-09-17) September 17, 1952 (age 69)
🏫 EducationBrandeis University
Columbia Medical School (MD)
💼 Occupation
Director of the Breast Imaging and Intervention Center and Professor of Radiology at the George Washington University Medical Center
👩 Spouse(s)
Henry Brem (m. 1978)
👶 Children3
🌐 WebsiteOfficial website

Rachel Brem, MD (Born Rachel Frydman; September 17, 1952), is a pioneering diagnostic radiologist, clinician/scientist, and advocate for the early detection of breast cancer. Dr. Brem is the Director of the Breast Imaging and Intervention Center at the George Washington University Medical Center and the Program Leader for Breast Cancer at the George Washington Cancer Center. Her career as an innovative physician spans over 43 years.

Dr. Brem completed her undergraduate studies at Brandeis University and graduated from Columbia Medical School in 1976, at 24 years old. She then completed her radiology and Breast Imaging residency and fellowship, respectively, at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 1990.

Dr. Brem’s accomplishments and innovations include new technologies for the early detection of breast cancer. Specifically, she led the field in Computer-Aided Detection (CAD), Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI), Automated Breast Ultrasound Systems (ABUS), and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). She is among the top 1% in the nation in Breast Imaging Radiology. Patients rate Dr. Brem as excellent, giving her 5 out of 5 stars on doctor reviews.

Dr. Brem has received a number of honors throughout her lifetime including being named Top Cancer Doctor by Newsweek Magazine, appearing on the Dr. Oz Show and being named a “Cancer Detective.” She was awarded Woman to Watch by Jewish Women International and was awarded “Woman of the Year” by the International Biographical Center. Dr. Brem is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology as well as the Society of Breast Imaging.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Rachel Brem was born in Israel on September 17, 1952, to Lea Frydman and Mechel Frydman. Her parents were Jewish Immigrants from Poland. Her family came to the United States in 1961. At age 33, Dr. Brem’s mother, Lea Frydman, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Brem’s aunt also developed breast cancer at age 36.[1].

Dr. Brem attended Fair Lawn High School in New Jersey and matriculated to Brandeis University as a college freshman at age 16. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors in Biology at age 20.

Medical School[edit]

Dr. Brem earned her medical degree from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1976 where she graduated with honors [2] [3].

Postgraduate Training[edit]

Between 1983 and 1990, Dr. Brem completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, completed her residency in Diagnostic Radiology, and a Fellowships in Diagnostic Radiology and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Breast Imaging at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science [2].


Dr. Brem is board certified in Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology. She began her career in 1990 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital where she ultimately became the Director of Breast Imaging. In 2000 Dr. Brem assumed the role of Director of Breast Imaging at George Washington University (GW). During her tenure at GW, Dr. Brem has worked with her team to develop a patient-focused Breast Imaging Center, which integrates the latest technologies in breast imaging with cutting-edge technology and compassionate care [2].

Dr. Brem is the Director of the GW Mobile Mammography Program and the Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of the Brem Foundation, where she focuses on helping women in the DC metro area become more aware of and gain access to early detection of breast cancer and self-advocacy [2].

Dr. Brem has been the principal investigator in numerous clinical trials including molecular imaging approaches for the improved detection of breast cancer, in addition to identifying areas of unsuspected cancer in women with an early breast cancer diagnosis [2] [4].

Dr. Brem serves on the board of numerous companies including, Dilon Technologies, Delphinius Medical Technologies, the Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast Cancer, and the Katzen Cancer Research Center at the George Washington School of Medicine [5].

The Brem Foundation[edit]

In 2006, Dr. Brem with the dedication of a few of her patients, founded The Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast Cancer. The Foundation’s mission is to maximize women’s chances of finding curable breast cancer through expert education, access to diagnostic tests, and physician training [5] [6].

Dr. Brem and The Brem Foundation advocate for education about breast cancer, including educating people about risk factors, screening options, personalized screening, and self advocacy. The Brem Foundation uses innovative, unprecedented programs to increase education about, and access to, breast care. These programs include Wheels for Women. Wheels for Women is a partnership with Lyft. It is the country’s first and only cost-free ridesharing program dedicated exclusively to getting women in need to their screening and diagnostic breast appointments [1] [6].


Dr. Brem and the Brem Foundation have worked with Members of Congress and local legislators to further education, awareness, and pass legislation to optimize the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer and treatment. Most notably, Dr. Brem and the Brem Foundation were the driving forces behind the "Breast Density Screening and Notification Amendment Act of 2018," which requires by law “health care facilities to provide patients receiving mammography exams with mammography reports detailing the results of mammography exams, including an identification of patients' breast tissue classification, and, under certain enumerated circumstances, to require health care facilities to append a notice to mammography reports explaining the potential ramifications of receiving a breast density classification that indicates the presence of dense breast tissue; to amend the District of Columbia Cancer Prevention Act of 1990 to require coverage of certain preventative breast cancer screening procedures; and to amend the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Federal Law Conformity Act of 2000 to require insurers to provide coverage for certain health-care services without imposing any cost-sharing requirements.” D.C. Law 22-261 [7]

Personal and Family[edit]

Rachel Brem married Henry Brem in 1978. Dr. Henry Brem serves as the Chairman of Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Drs. Brem are the proud parents of three daughters and the loving grandparents to eight grandchildren.

Dr. Brem is known for the compassion she displays towards patients, her sharpness in detecting breast cancer early, and her passion for early detection [8]. She is committed to helping her clients with the latest technologies and minimizing anxiety among patients.

Selected Publications[edit]

Dr. Brem has published over 100 academic papers on the early detection of breast cancer. Her work appears in peer-reviewed journals, abstracts, books, and manuscripts. Dr. Brem serves as a reviewer of The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, The Breast Journal, The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, and The Mayo Clinic.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Brem, Rachel. "This doctor diagnosed her own breast cancer - here is what she wants women to know". Today.com. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Director of Breast Imaging and Intervention- Rachel Brem, MD". gwhospital.com. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  3. "Dr. Rachel F. Brem". usnews.com. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  4. "Rachel Brem". cancercenter.gwu.edu. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Rachel Brem, M.D. Appointed to Delphinus Board of Directors". delphinusmt.com. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "The Brem Foundation". bremfoundation.org. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  7. "D.C. Law 22-261. Breast Density Screening and Notification Amendment Act of 2018". code.dccouncil.us. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  8. "DR. RACHEL BREM". bremfoundation.org. Retrieved 3 March 2020.


External links[edit]


  1. Brem, Rachel F. (February 2020). "Minimally Invasive Breast Procedures: Practical Tips and Tricks". American Journal of Roentgenology. 214 (2): 306–315. Retrieved 4 March 2020.

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