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Senior Secretary for Advocacy

Bradford_Cynthia 2012Cynthia A. Bradford, MD

Dr. Bradford was elected to the Board of Trustees as senior secretary for advocacy in 2009. She  served on the Academy‚Äôs Committee of Secretaries as the secretary for state affairs from 2004 to 2008. Other Academy committees she has served on include the Committee for State Affairs Organizational Development, Interspecialty Education Committee, Basic and Clinical Science Committee-Section 11 and Federal Health Manpower Task Force.

A native Texan and a graduate of Texas A&M University, she received her medical degree with high honors from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed her ophthalmology training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Bradford's clinical focus is in cataract and intraocular implant lens surgery, with special interests in complicated cataract surgeries, such as after trauma or prior ocular surgery; she has extensive experience performing cataract surgery on patients with prior retinal and glaucoma surgeries, or after refractive surgeries such as RK, PRK or LASIK. She has been active in teaching throughout her career. She has authored modules and books to teach ophthalmology to medical students and primary care physicians. She is the executive editor for the Academy's Basic Ophthalmology, which is an introduction to ophthalmology for medical students in this country and has been translated into many languages for use throughout the world. She is the coordinator for medical student and primary care resident education in ophthalmology at Oklahoma University. For more than 20 years, she has taught University of Oklahoma ophthalmology residents to perform cataract surgery. She participates in clinical research involving cataract surgery.

Dr. Bradford is professor of ophthalmology at the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute/department of ophthalmology of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.


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