Matthew Bradley

M.D., M.S.

Commander, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
trauma, critical care, quality improvement, education
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B.S., Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Temple University School of Medicine
M.D., Temple University School of Medicine


CDR Bradley received his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University, received his Master’s in Physiology from the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, and his Doctor of Medicine from Temple University, graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. After medical school, he completed his residency in General Surgery at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD. Following residency, he was assigned as the Ship’s Surgeon on board the George HW Bush, CVN 77 during its maiden deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He completed his fellowship training in Trauma and Critical Care at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, MD. Upon completion of his fellowship, he was transferred to the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, MD serving as the Department Head for the Regenerative Medicine Department focusing on the systemic inflammatory response following traumatic injury. Dr. Bradley was appointed the Program Director (PD) of the general surgery residency in 2020 after serving as an Associate Program Director for several years and holds an academic position as a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University. In addition to his CVN 77 deployment, CDR Bradley was deployed as the Chief of Trauma at the NATO Role III Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2014. He also deployed on the USNS Comfort in support of Hurricane Maria relief efforts and on Continuing Promise '18.

CDR Bradley is dual board certified in general surgical and trauma critical care. CDR Bradley currently services as the Chair of the Research Committee of the American College of Surgeons Excelsior Surgical Society and as the Navy State Vice-Chair for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Association for Program Directors in Surgery, the American Association for Surgery in Trauma, the Eastern Association for the Surgery in Trauma, the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the Association for Academic Surgery. In addition, he is an instructor for Advance Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS), Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM), and Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET) and ASSET +. CDR Bradley’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.


Matthew J. Bradley, MD; Audrey Shi, BA; Vivek Khatri, PhD; Seth A. Schobel, PhD; Elizabeth C. Silvius, MS; Allan D. Kirk, MD, PhD; Timothy G. Buchman, PhD, MD; John S. Oh, MD; Eric A. Elster, MD. Prediction of Venous Thromboembolism Using Clinical and Serum Biomarker Data from Trauma Patients. BMJ Mil Health. 2021; 167:402-407

Gunasingha RMKD, Grey SF, Munoz B, Schobel S, Lee J, Erwin C, Irons T, McMillan E, Unselt D, Elster E, and Bradley M. To Scan or Not to Scan: Development of a Clinical Decision Support Tool to Determine If Imaging Would Aid in the Diagnosis of Appendicitis. World Journal of Surgery. October 2021. DOI:

Bozzay JD, Walker PF, Schechtman DW, Shaikh F, Stewart L, Carson ML, Tribble DR, Rodriguez CJ, Bradley MJ; Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program Trauma Infectious Disease Outcomes Study Group. Risk Factors for Abdominal Surgical Site Infection after Exploratory Laparotomy among Combat Casualties. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2021 Feb 16.

Bradley MJ, Franklin BR, Renninger CH, Bowyer MW, Andreatta PB. Upper extremity vascular exposures for trauma: Comparative performance outcomes for general surgeons and orthopaedic surgeons. Military Medicine. 2021

Walker PF, Bozzay JD, Schechtman DW, Shaikh F, Stewart L, Carson ML, Tribble DR, Rodriguez CJ, Bradley MJ. Anastomotic Outcomes in Military Exploratory Laparotomies in the Modern Combat Era. American Surgeon

Parker W, DesPain R, Delgado A, Rodriguez C, Elster E, Baird D, Bradley M. Pelvic Binder Utilization In Combat Casualties: Does It Matter? American Surgeon. 2020;86(7):873-877

Bradley, M., Dente, C., Khatri, V. et al. Advanced Modeling to Predict Pneumonia in Combat Trauma Patients. World J Surg (2019). DOI:

Matthew J. Bradley, M.D., Dean E. Baird, M.D., Paul G. Peterson, M.D., Michael D. Baird, B.S., Eric A. Elster M.D., Carlos J. Rodriguez D.O. Primary Pulmonary Thrombus in Combat Casualties, Is Treatment Necessary? Am Surg. 2018 Jun 1;84(6):909-915.

Strong A, Spreadborough P, Pagani C, Haskins R, Dey D, Grimm P, Kaneko K, Simone Marini S, Huber A, Hwang C, Kenneth Westover K, Mishina Y, Bradley MJ, Levi B, Davis T. Small molecule inhibition of non-canonical (TAK1-mediated) BMP signaling results in reduced chondrogenic ossification and heterotopic ossification in a rat model of blast-associated combat-related lower limb trauma. Bone. 2020 Oct;139:115517. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2020.115517

Nealeigh MD, Kucera WB, Artino AR, Bradley MJ, Meyer HS. The Isolated Surgeon: A scoping Review. J Surg Res. August 2021