Capt. Bradford L. Smith is originally from St. Louis. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1988. He received his commission as an ensign through Aviation Officer Candidate School as a Naval Aviator in 1989, earned his wings of gold and flew the F/A-18 “Hornet.” He went on to earn a Master’s of Arts in Biology with a focus in molecular and cell biology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1994, and then his Medical Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1998 through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. He completed his residency training in pediatrics at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va., in 2001 and is board certified in pediatrics.
Smith reported to Naval Hospital Great Lakes, Ill., in 2001, and was soon named as Department Head, Pediatrics, where he successfully implemented the concepts of Medical Home more than five years before it became standard across Navy Medicine. He was elected as a representative to the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff (ECOMS), and after two years he was appointed as the chairman of ECOMS. In 2006, he reported to National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., as a staff pediatrician, and eight months later deployed to Djibouti, Africa, as the Senior Medical Officer and Deputy Officer in Charge of the Expeditionary Medical Force. He returned from deployment in January 2008, and assumed the duties of Clinic Director, Branch Health Clinic, Washington Navy Yard. In August 2008, he was named Director of Primary Care and Branch Clinics for NNMC, and led 16 branch health clinics located in five states and the District of Columbia.
In 2009, Smith was named Deputy Chief of Staff, Navy Medicine National Capital Area, where he was instrumental in the successful execution of the historic Base Realignment and Closure integration between Walter Reed Army Medical Center and NNMC.
In 2012, he became the Assistant Deputy Chief for Strategy and Innovation (M5) at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and played a critical role in the integration of fleet processes in Naval Expeditionary Health Support Services as well as supporting Navy Medicine’s strategic approach during the stand-up of the new Defense Health Agency. In June 2014, he assumed the duties as Deputy Commander, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.
Smith’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards) and the Navy Commendation Medal.