Dr. Carol R. Bradford Named Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

April 22, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership,


Dr. Marschall Runge announced yesterday that Carol R. Bradford, M.D. has been appointed the new executive vice dean for academic affairs. Her appointment will be effective July 1, 2016.

In her new role, Carol will work closely with the Dean and partner with the Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs to develop and implement medical school planning, including recruitment and retention of chairs, center/institute directors and faculty, facilities and capital planning. She will oversee the daily operations of medical school administration and the areas of education, global health and faculty affairs will report directly to Carol.

Dr. Bradford earned her undergraduate degree in cellular and molecular biology. She also received her medical school and master of microbiology and immunology degrees from Michigan. After completing her residency in Otolaryngology here, she joined the faculty in the department of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery. Since her appointment in 2009, Dr. Bradford has been remarkably successful in recruiting tremendous faculty members who are extraordinary educators, talented clinicians, insightful researchers and future leaders of the field.

The University of Michigan’s Otolaryngology Residency Program is ranked the top otolaryngology public training program in the nation, according to the Doximity Residency Navigator. Under Dr. Bradford’s leadership, the department’s faculty has grown from 40 to 55 members. She has championed the recruitment of women and people of color to both the faculty and residency program. An avid supporter of team leadership, Dr. Bradford also implemented an expanded leadership structure that reflects the health system’s mission areas of education, clinical care and research.

Dr. Bradford was elected the first woman president of the American Head and Neck Society in 2012 and received the 2009 Physician of the Year Award from Castle Connolly for Clinical Excellence.  In 2015, she was inducted into the prestigious Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Medicine).  Carol 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.