Bradford_CarolDean, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Vice President for Health Sciences, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center


Dr. Carol Bradford, a head and neck cancer surgery and reconstruction specialist, was appointed dean of Ohio State College of Medicine in October 2020. She also serves as the Leslie H. and Abigail S. Wexner Dean’s Chair in Medicine and vice president for Health Sciences at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

A physician-scientist, Dr. Bradford specializes in head and neck cancer surgery and reconstruction, cutaneous oncology and sentinel lymph node biopsy. Her research interests include identifying predictive biomarkers for response of head and neck tumors, chemotherapy and radiation, and developing novel therapeutics. She has been the principal or co-principal investigator on more than 30 grants, and has authored nearly 300 journal articles and more than 20 book chapters.

Her many awards include being inducted into the National Academy of Medicine in 2014, a Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) in 2007 and a listing in Best Doctors since 2001. She became president of AAO-HNS in September 2020.

Before joining Ohio State, Dr. Bradford had an illustrious career at the University of Michigan, where she was the executive vice dean of academic affairs at the University of Michigan and the chief academic officer for Michigan Medicine. She oversaw education, global initiatives, faculty affairs, faculty development, diversity, equity and inclusion, and regulatory affairs. A Michigan faculty member since 1992, she also served as chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, co-director of the Head and Neck Oncology program for Michigan’s Rogel Cancer Center and principal investigator of a major project on the specialized program for research excellence in head and neck cancer.

Dr. Bradford earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan, where she also completed an otolaryngology – head and neck surgery residency.