April 27, 2022

Professor of Pediatrics David J. Bradley, M.D., receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Rwanda

He will be a lecturer and clinical teacher at the University of Rwanda starting in summer 2022 as part of a project to develop cardiovascular education programs in the country

David J. Bradley, M.D., Fulbight Scholar for 2022-23

David J. Bradley, M.D., a professor of pediatrics in the University of Michigan Medical School, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to the Republic of Rwanda. Bradley, a pediatric cardiologist at U-M Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, will be a lecturer and clinical teacher at the University of Rwanda starting in summer 2022 as part of a project to develop cardiovascular education programs in the country.

“I am honored by this opportunity to assist with cardiology training in a region of Africa where cardiac disease is prevalent and yet heart centers are severely limited,” said Bradley, the Macdonald Dick II, M.D., Research Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases. He said he hopes this role helps open doors for peers with interests in global health to do similar work that can boost specialty services in areas where it’s needed. 

Following significant achievements in public health in recent decades, Rwanda’s Ministry of Health has placed an emphasis on certain specialty areas, including adult and pediatric cardiovascular care. Bradley has collaborated with the University of Rwanda in Kigali to develop training curricula for specialist physicians and allied professionals. His work in Rwanda will focus on the implementation of these formal training pathways and increasing knowledge in his specialty areas, pediatric cardiology and electrophysiology. 

As a Fulbright Scholar, Bradley will share knowledge and foster meaningful connections across communities in the United States and Rwanda. Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions.

Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants from over 160 countries the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright program is an annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.