Update: Executive vice dean for academic affairs

August 27, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

Carol R. Bradford, M.D., M.S., FACS, executive vice dean of academic affairs (EVDAA) at the U-M Medical School and chief academic officer at Michigan Medicine, has been recruited to The Ohio State University to serve as the dean of the College of Medicine and the vice president for health affairs. She will begin her term at OSU on Oct. 1.

Bradford has been a leader and role model for a generation of the very best of Michigan Medicine. She has made countless contributions as an outstanding surgeon, as chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and in the last four years in her current role as EVDAA.

Bradford’s leadership at Michigan Medicine has been instrumental in the organization’s success as one of the nation’s top academic medical centers.

Together with members of the academic cabinet, Bradford led the development of the medical school’s mission statement, “to transform health through bold and innovative education, discovery and service,” and outlined a five-year strategic plan in support of this mission. She chaired the Wellness and Civility Task Force, whose recommendations led to the creation of the Michigan Medicine Wellness Office.

A champion for diversity and inclusion efforts, in partnership with David Brown, M.D., and the Offices of Health Equity and Inclusion and Faculty Affairs, she implemented best practices for faculty searches. In partnership with the dean/EVPMA, she recruited the next generation of medical school leadership with the appointment of 10 new clinical department chairs; seven new academic deans; and two center directors.

Bradford also served as the chair of the LCME Re-Accreditation Task Force and led several initiatives to support this work, including developing a continuous quality improvement working group, updating the Medical School’s Bylaws and Faculty Handbook, and expanding the Michigan Medicine approach to civility and professionalism. More recently, she led the pause in medical student clinical rotations and oversaw the plans for safe re-entry of our learners into classroom-based and patient-facing learning environments.

Please wish her much success and happiness in her new role.

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