Gilbert Bradham of MUSC dies at 81



Dr. Gilbert Bradham, a surgeon and former medical director of Medical University Hospital, died Tuesday. He was 81.

Bradham was born in Sumter on Aug. 5, 1931, to Riley Augustus Bradham and Mabel Bowman Bradham.

He graduated with a medical degree from the Medical College of South Carolina in 1956. and continued his half-century surgical career at the university.

At different times he served as the Medical University of South Carolina’s interim vice president of academic affairs, vice president of clinical services, director of the wellness center, dean of student life and medical director of the Harper Student Center.

“It’s not easy to look back on almost 50 years of medical and professional experience and say what your proudest moment was or what you feel you’ve done that has had the most impact,” Bradham said in a 2002 story for The Catalyst, MUSC’s newspaper.

“I have an overwhelming sense of satisfaction and good fortune to have attended college and medical school and to have become a physician. I enjoyed surgery tremendously.”

Bradham is survived by his wife, June Johnson Bradham; and six children, Gilbert Bradham Jr., James Bramlett Wood Bradham, Riley Augustus Bradham II, Charles William Branham III, Theile Branham McVey and Tucker Jackson Branham.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Summerall Chapel at The Citadel.