Bradford Leads Medical Alumni


Physician William D. Bradford, a pathology professor, was selected president of the Duke Medical Alumni Association, effective January 1. He came to Duke in 1963 as a National Institutes of Health Research Fellow in experimental pathology and joined the faculty in 1965.

He was associate dean for medical education at Duke for eight years during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1981, he attained the rank of professor of pathology and assistant professor of pediatrics. He was selected four times to receive the annual Duke Golden Apple Teaching Award from the student branch of the American Medical Association and received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Duke Medical Alumni Association in 1989. He currently sits on the executive committee for the Duke School of Medicine Admissions, the Institutional Committee on Graduate Medical Education, and the medical school’s curriculum committee. Nationally, he has been involved with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education to review and re-accredit new, developing, and established medical schools. He is a past president of the national Society for Pediatric Pathology and has served on the North Carolina Joint Conference Committee on Medical Care.

He was president of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1982-83 and later a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Council, the NCAA Select Committee on Drug Testing, the NCAA Faculty Athletic Representatives Forum, and the Duke Athletic Council. He has volunteered as camp physician at Camp Seagull, a YMCA boys’ camp on the North Carolina coast, and is a past president of the Y’s Durham chapter. In 1974 and 1978, he received the YMCA’s Layman of the Year Award.

Bradford earned his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in 1954 and his M.D. from Western Reserve University’s medical school in 1958. He completed training in pathology and pediatrics at Harvard and served in the Navy as staff pediatrician at the Naval Hospital in Chelsea, Massachusetts, from 1961 to 1963.

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