Darien W. Bradford, MD

Surgery of the heart, lungs, and other areas of the chest aren’t what they used to be, thanks to pioneering surgeons like Darien Bradford. Procedures that used to see the patient’s sternums cracked open, hearts stopped momentarily, grotesque scarring, and long, arduous recoveries are now far less invasive. Recovery is shorter and less painful. And there are fewer complications and far greater success rates. Amazingly, Dr. Bradford now sees his surgery patients return to normal life, in as little as two weeks.

“My goal is to improve each patient’s quality of life through advanced treatment and to do so in a way that minimizes pain, risks, and recovery time for them,” Dr. Bradford said. “Because each patient is unique, I work closely with my patients and their physicians to tailor a treatment program designed specifically for them.”

Minimally-invasive surgery of the chest, heart, lungs, esophagus, diaphragm, and trachea is just one way Dr. Bradford is pioneering medicine advancements in Tarrant County. Dr. Bradford has established the architype of the patient-centric office, where patients and their families are afforded the time they need to ask any and all questions and never leave until they feel comfortable with the diagnosis and confident in a specialist who has spent so much of his own time studying and searching for the latest and best techniques and technologies, to make what could be a life-altering condition a mere bump in the road for them.

Pioneering Surgery Technology

Dr. Bradford uses minimally-invasive Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) to access difficult-to-reach areas of the lung, aiding in the diagnosis of lung disease and leading to earlier, personalized treatment, potentially saving lives. LungGPS technology used in the Medtronic superDimension navigation system is a remarkable way to maximize the possibilities that ENB procedures create, with 35 clinical studies completed to date, plus 47 independent articles and the largest ENB study yet currently underway: a global NAVIGATE clinical study. Dr. Bradford and other leaders in the healthcare industry recognize ENB as a recommended method of obtaining lung tissue biopsies from peripheral regions. In fact, the superDimension navigation system was nominated as “Best Medical Technology” by the Galien Foundation in 2014 and 2015.

Meet Dr. Bradford

A graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Bradford completed his internship and residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. For almost two decades, he has perfected his skills in our area where he has privileges at several local hospitals. He has lead the way with many life-saving techniques, such as minimally-invasive surgery for coronary artery disease, cancers of the lung, esophagus and chest wall, abnormalities of the great vessels and heart valves, as well as birth defects of the chest and heart. Dr. Bradford is currently accepting new patients.


515 West Mayfield Street Suite 404

Arlington, Texas 76014

(817) 465-5311



By Meredith Knight