DAVID S. BRADFORD joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in January 2013. A native of North Carolina, Dr. Bradford completed his undergraduate studies at Davidson College before earning a medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Following a residency and fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center/New York Orthopedic Hospital, he began his career at the University of Minnesota and went on to become chairman of orthopedic surgery and director of spine surgery at UC San Francisco. His current title is Chair Emeritus at UCSF. Dr. Bradford has conducted significant research in the areas of biomaterials, tissue engineering, and tissue regeneration, and has authored or presented hundreds of academic and professional papers. In November 2001, he was honored by the French Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery Association. His many professional affiliations also include serving as president of the Federation of Spine Associations, the Scoliosis Research Society, and the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. Also a former venture partner at Kearny Venture Partners in San Francisco (2006 to 2013), Dr. Bradford has served as a board director for the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara and has supported the Casa del Herrero Foundation among other local non-profits.