An internationally recognized head and neck cancer researcher and faculty leader, Carol R. Bradford, M.D., M.S., is the Medical School’s executive vice dean for academic affairs. She also is chief academic officer for Michigan Medicine, and a professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.
A longtime member of the University of Michigan community, Bradford earned her B.S. (cellular and molecular biology), M.S. (microbiology/immunology) and M.D. degrees here. She then completed an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency at the U-M before joining the faculty in 1992. She became department chair in 2009, a position she held until she was appointed EVDAA on July 1, 2016. Under her leadership, the department’s faculty grew from 40 to 55 members, and the Otolaryngology Residency Program was rated the nation’s top otolaryngology training program among public institutions, according to the Doximity Residency Navigator.
Bradford specializes in head and neck cancer surgery, focusing her research on identifying and evaluating biomarkers that can predict outcomes. She works to develop therapies to combat certain types of head and neck cancer that are resistant to traditional forms of treatment. She also pioneered the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy as a safe and reliable tool to stage patients with melanoma of the head and neck. She has published nearly 250 peer-reviewed articles. In addition, she has boosted Michigan’s international efforts with her volunteer work as the lead surgeon of the annual medical head and neck surgery mission trip to Honduras with the Christian Medical Association.
Her many awards include a Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2007 and a listing in Best Doctors since 2001 and The Global Directory of Who’s Who since 2006. She also received the Clinical Excellence Award from Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year Awards (2009) and the Medical School’s Community Service Award (2010). She was elected as the first woman president of the American Head and Neck Society in 2012. In 2015, she was inducted into the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).
Bradford currently serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and as president of the Society of University Otolaryngologists.