Dr. John Bradley named chief of psychiatry at VA Boston Healthcare System

Dr. John Bradley/Courtesy photo

Dr. John Bradley has been named chief of psychiatry for the VA Boston Healthcare System. He comes from the Department of Defense, where he served 26 years in active duty, retiring as chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Bradley also was a professor of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University and a consultant to the Northern Regional Medical Command. He served during tours in Germany, Egypt, and Bosnia, and he led a team of the 528th Combat Stress Control Detachment in Iraq. His military awards include the Order of Military Medical Merit, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star.


Bradley has served on various committees looking at suicide prevention among members of the Armed Forces, treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, and research of traumatic brain injury, according to a profile provided by the hospital system.

Bradley attended the University of Rhode Island as an undergraduate and studied medicine at the Uniformed Services University, graduating in 1989. He trained in psychiatry at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco.

The position had been vacant for five years, since Dr. Chester Swett retired, a hospital spokeswoman said. Bradley started in the role Sept. 14.

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