Carol R. Bradford, MD, MS, FACS

Dean BradfordDr. Carol R. Bradford is the dean of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and vice president for Health Sciences at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. An internationally recognized head and neck cancer researcher, surgeon and leader in academic medicine, Dr. Bradford works to develop therapies to combat certain types of head and neck cancer that are resistant to traditional forms of treatment.

Dr. Bradford earned her master’s degree in microbiology/immunology and her medical degree (cum laude) at the University of Michigan. She completed a general surgery internship at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital and a research fellowship and otolaryngology – head and neck surgery residency at the University of Michigan before joining its faculty in 1992. Dr. Bradford became department chair in 2009 and executive vice dean for academic affairs in 2016.

Dr. Bradford joined Ohio State in 2020. She is also the Leslie H. and Abigail S. Wexner Dean’s Chair in Medicine and a professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Bradford has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and contributed to more than 20 book chapters. Her many awards include a Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, a Clinical Excellence Award from Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year Awards and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Women in Otolaryngology Helen F. Krause, MD, Memorial Trailblazer Award. In 2012, Dr. Bradford was elected as the first woman president of the American Head and Neck Society and was inducted into the prestigious National Academy of Medicine in 2015.

Under Dr. Bradford’s leadership, the Ohio State College of Medicine is committed to transforming the health of our communities through inclusive and innovative education, discovery and care.

Dr. Bradford believes staff and faculty recognition is crucial to the success of the college. Through our awards and recognition, we acknowledge and celebrate the extraordinary contributions of individuals within our organization. We are fostering a culture of appreciation, fueling your passions and commitment to achieve remarkable outcomes.