Letitia Bradford, MD is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Letitia was born and raised most of her life in California. She came from humble beginnings, even suffering homelessness during her young childhood, and entered the foster care system as a teenager, living in multiple homes throughout junior high and high school. Despite this, she flourished academically and received many academic scholarships to attend the University of California, Berkeley (UCB.) She played club level basketball in college, serving as President of her team. Interested in medicine and the disparities of healthcare from a young age, she attended a summer program geared toward high school students interested in sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Minority Medical Education Program at University of Washington, a summer program for college students, where she met a female Orthopedic Surgeon who greatly influenced her career and decision to pursue Orthopedic Surgery. She graduated with highest honors from UCB with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and continued on to attend medical school at UCSF. She continued her training there for both internship and residency, including 2 years of Mechanical Engineering basic science research, producing multiple awards and scientific papers in the field of joint replacement surgery.
While at UC Berkeley and San Francisco, she was active in many campus organizations, including Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA), Black Student Association (BSA) and Student National Medical Association (SNMA). She worked both locally and nationally in the SNMA as President of her local chapter and Region I director for the national organization. She was responsible for organizing, representing and overseeing the SNMA chapters in the states of California, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona, Oregon and Washington. She was instrumental in organizing and the planning of the national convention in Northern California during her tenure as Regional Director.
During residency at UCSF, she was one of only five African-American females in training throughout the country, out of approximately 1300 Orthopedic Surgery residents. She was instrumental in increasing the recruiting efforts of women and students of color by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, directly affecting an increase in both of these national numbers since that time.
Currently she works as a General Orthopedic Surgeon at George Mee Memorial Hospital, a small community hospital and rural health clinic in Central Valley California. She serves as the Director of Orthopedic services in this underserved, un-insured and under-insured community of mostly migrant farmworkers. She is also an active member and volunteer of the Perry Initiative, an organization committed to inspiring young women to be leaders in the exciting fields of Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering. She currently serves as a Member-at-Large and is one of the founding members of the Artemis Medical Society, a professional networking and mentoring organization of African-American female physicians.
Personally, she is a divorced single mother of two active and wonderful young men, ages 16 and 4 years old, that are both avidly involved in sporting activities. In her spare time, she enjoys physical activities, including Zumba, dancing and spectating sporting events, especially her children’s.