Cynthia A. Bradford, MD

Presbyterian Health Foundation Presidential Professor 


Clinical focus
Cataract and intraocular implant lens surgery

Special interests
Complicated cataract surgeries such as after trauma (including children) or prior ocular surgery, with extensive experience performing cataract surgery on patients with prior retinal and glaucoma surgeries, or after refractive surgeries such as RK, PRK or LASIK.

Clinical practice
Comprehensive ophthalmology caring for overall eye health including diabetes, glaucoma, and other ocular diseases. Referral to subspecialist if retinal, neurological or other complex disease identified.

  • MD, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
  • Residency: Dean McGee Eye Institute, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Dr. Bradford is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Dean McGee Eye Institute/Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. A native of Texas, she received her undergraduate training at Texas A&M University (magna cum laude) and medical degree with high honors from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She moved to Oklahoma and completed her ophthalmology training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Bradford 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 American Academy of Ophthalmology text, Basic Ophthalmology, which is used to teach students in most medical schools in the United States, and has been translated into both the Chinese and Russian languages. She is the coordinator for medical student and primary care resident education in ophthalmology at OU. She is a member of the AAO Section 11 Basic and Clinical Science Committee responsible for the teaching text on cataract and lens. For over 15 years she has taught the University of Oklahoma ophthalmology residents to perform cataract surgery.

Other Activities

  • 2017 President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Interim Secretary for State Affairs for the American Academy of Ophthalmology 
  • Faculty of AAO Leadership Development Program
  • Identifies and educates future leaders in ophthalmology
  • Associate Examiner of the American Board of Ophthalmology Senior member of the ABO CREW committee
  • Composes board questions on comprehensive ophthalmology and cataract surgery
  • Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee for Medicare
  • Oklahoma Ophthalmology Representative 

Clinical Trials

  • Implantable Miniature Telescope for age-related macular degeneration.
  • Past board member of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
  • Past President of the Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology.

Honors and Awards

  • Alpha Lambda Delta 
  • Phi Kappa Phi 
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society 
  • 1992 Edward and Thelma Gaylord Faculty Honor Award for Teaching Excellence 
  • 2001 Veteran's Hospital Excellence in Attending Award 
  • Best Doctors in America 2001-2002 
  • AAO Honor Award 
  • AAO Secretariat Award from the Secretary for Quality Care

Dr. Bradford's husband, Reagan, is a retinal surgeon and they live in Edmond. They enjoy visiting Grand Lake with family. They have three sons.

From a Grateful Patient...

“Dr. Cynthia Bradford is the best of the best. Aside from being an excellent cataract surgeon, she is so very personable and kind. Love her and DMEI. Have referred dozens of my friends!! She should be everyone's go-to person for those nasty cataracts!!!” - Karen B.

* Results may vary.
** These are testimonials by patients of Dean McGee Eye Institute. The opinions reflect our patients’ personal experience with their treatment. However, surgical results and treatment outcomes may vary from person to person. Discuss typical outcomes of your procedure with your surgeon and set realistic expectations based on your body type, lifestyle, and medical history. Optimum results are achieved when supported with good nutrition and exercise.

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