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John C. Bradley, M.D.

John Bradley

Candidate for 2024
Area 1 Trustee

Candidate Platform

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  • Where does the profession of psychiatry need to be in five years?
  • Something about yourself that most people don't know


Dr. John Bradley serves as the Director for Mental Health at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He is appointed as Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bradley joined the VA in 2011 after retiring from active duty in the United States Army where he served as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair at Uniformed Services University.

A native of Massachusetts, Dr. Bradley earned his B.S. in Zoology at the University of Rhode Island, and his M.D. from the Uniformed Services University. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco where he served as Chief Resident. His military career included operational assignments for peacekeeping, stability and support operations, and combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 528th Medical Detachment.

Dr. Bradley has been honored to serve on a number of national committees and advisory councils. He was co-chair of the 2013 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Suicidal Behavior. He served as the clinical subcommittee chair and Army representative for the DoD Task Force for the Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces. He served as an advisor to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Board on the Health of Select Populations. Dr. Bradley has provided expert testimony to the U.S. Congress and served on numerous scientific advisory committees. He has published extensively on the treatment of combat trauma and PTSD, and the management of Suicide Risk.

Dr. Bradley’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Order of Military Medical Merit and numerous teaching awards to include Harvard Medical School’s Stuart T. Hauser Award for Mentorship in Psychiatry, the Harvard South Shore Outstanding Teacher Award, the Lieutenant General Claire Chennault Award for outstanding teaching faculty, and the National Capital Consortium Psychiatry Residency Teacher of the Year Award which was renamed the “John Bradley Award” in 2011 in his honor.


  • B.S., Zoology, University of Rhode Island
  • M.D., Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • Psychiatry Residency, Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

Awards and Honors

  • Colonel Thomas Salmon Award for lifetime contributions to military psychiatry (2020)
  • Stuart T. Hauser Award for Outstanding Mentorship, Harvard Medical School (2019)
  • Outstanding PGY-IV Teacher Award, Harvard Medical School (2016)
  • Clinical Psychiatry Award, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society (2014)
  • Teacher of the Year Award re-named in honor as the “John Bradley Award”, National Capital Consortium (2011)
  • LTG Claire Chennault (Flying Tigers) Award for Outstanding Teaching Faculty (2011)
  • LTG Claire Chennault (Flying Tigers) Award for Outstanding Psychiatry Faculty (2010)
  • Teacher of the Year, National Capital Consortium Residency Program (2009)
  • Bronze Star Medal, U.S. Army (2006)
  • Iraq Campaign Medal, U.S. Army (2006)
  • James Rundell Award for outstanding contributions to Military Psychiatry Residency Training (2004)
  • Teacher of the Year, National Capital Consortium Residency Program (2004)
  • Order of Military Medical Merit, U.S. Army Medical Command (2002)
  • Distinguished Military Graduate, University of Rhode Island (1984)

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