Walter G. Bradley DM, FRCP was educated at the University of Oxford for college and medical school, graduating in 1963 B.M, B.Ch., M.A., B.Sc. He received the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (London) in 1966 and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (London) in 1977. He received the degree of D.M. from the University of Oxford in 1970 for his body of research publications to that date. He trained in neurology at the Universities of Oxford and Newcastle upon Tyne, and in neuropathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. He was appointed to be the Foundation Professor of Experimental Neurology in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne 1974-1977. He was Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Tufts-New England Medical Center 1977-1982; Chairman of the Department of Neurology in the University of Vermont 1982-1990; and Chairman of the Department of Neurology of the University of Miami from 1990 to 2007.
He is Board Certified in Neurology and Psychiatry. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed papers, reviews and book chapters. He founded and was lead editor of the international textbook of neurology, “Bradley’s Neurology in Clinical Practice” (Butterworth-Heinemann), which is now in its 7th edition, for the first five editions (1991-2008). His books include “Disorders of Peripheral Nerves” (Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford, 1974), the first monograph ever published on peripheral nerve diseases, “Treating the Brain: What the best doctors know (Dana Press, 2009), a patient’s guide to neurological diseases, and “Gib’s Odyssey: Tales of Faith and Hope on the Intracoastal Waterway” (Lyons Press, 2010), the amazing story of one of his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patient’s fight to achieve his life’s dream of completing a 5,000 mile boat journey, sailing single handed. He was founding editor of the journal “Muscle and Nerve” 1977-1986 and Editor of the Yearbook of Neurology and Neurosurgery from 1993-2000. He is a world-renowned expert in neurology, neuromuscular diseases and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and was awarded the prestigious Forbes Norris Award of the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations in 2006.
He stepped down from chairmanship of the Department of Neurology in 2007 to concentrate on research into the cause and cure of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He is currently Professor and Chairman Emeritus at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami. Since 2007, he has been deeply involved in ALS research, in teaching, and in chairing Data Safety Monitoring Committees for pharmaceutical industry international studies developing new drugs for the treatment of neuromuscular diseases. He holds a fulltime tenured appointment in the Miller School of Medicine, several research grants and a number of consultancies.
He is married to Jeanne Baker Esq. and lives in Miami.