​Commanding Officer


Captain Bradford L. Smith


CAPT Smith, originally from St. Louis, attended Northwestern University 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 the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth in 2001 and is Board Certified in Pediatrics.

Smith reported to Naval Hospital, Great Lakes in 2001 and in 2002 became the Department Head, Pediatrics. Elected as a representative to the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff (ECOMS), after two years he was appointed as the Chairman of ECOMS. In 2006 he reported to the National Naval Medical Center as a staff pediatrician, and 8 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 of 2008 he was named Director of Primary Care and Branch Clinics for NNMC, and led 16 branch health clinics located across 5 states and the District of Columbia. In 2009 he was named Deputy Chief of Staff, Navy Medicine National Capital Region during the execution of the historic BRAC integration between Walter Reed AMC and NNMC. In 2012 he became the Assistant Deputy Chief for Strategy and Innovation (M5) at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, with a focus on integrating Fleet processes in Expeditionary Health Support Services as well as supporting Navy Medicine’s strategic approach during the stand-up of the new Defense Health Agency. In 2014 he assumed the duties of Executive Officer, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth VA, with 6,700 staff and over 118,000 enrolled patients. In July of 2016 Commanding Officer and Deputy Director, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, leading the nation’s first fully integrated DoD/VA facility. In August 2018 he reported for duty as Commanding Officer, Naval Medical Center San Diego.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards) and Navy Commendation Medal.

Commanding Officer
Naval Medical Center San Diego

Captain Bradford L. Smith



Executive Officer:
Captain Devin J. Morrison

Command Master Chief:
Master Chief Patrick Mangaran