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Branko Radulovacki

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Branko Radulovacki M.D., known professionally as Dr. Rad, is a practicing physician and former Democratic candidate for the United States Senate from Georgia.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Radulovacki was born in Belgrade, the capital city of the former Yugoslavia, in 1962. At age 4, his family moved to Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, where he learned English as a second language. In 1970, at age 7, he and his family immigrated to the United States where he became a naturalized citizen.[2] He attended public school in Evanston, IL, a suburb of Chicago and graduated from Evanston Township High School.

He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and Russian studies in 1984 from Amherst College,[3][2]. In 1988, he earned an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago. Two years later, he enrolled in Loyola University’s post-baccalaureate program, and in 1992 attended medical school at the University of Illinois, graduating in 1996. He earned the David Mortimer Olkon scholarship, was awarded membership in AOA (a medical honor society), and was named a Dr. C.M.Craig Fellow. He completed a psychiatry residency in 2000 at Yale University.[4][5]

Professional career[edit]

Prior to entering the field of medicine, Radulovacki’s professional experience in business and finance included investment banking (Brown Bros. Harriman and Co 1984-1985, Morgan Stanley 1987), fundraising (the Alzheimer's Association 1986), and sub-contracted market research (Booz-Allen Consulting 1995-1996).

After completing his medical residency at Yale University, he moved to Atlanta to open a private practice at the Ridgeview Institute as a board-certified psychiatrist. For nine years, he served as Ridgeview’s Director of Partial Hospitalization, treating inpatients and outpatients diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, addictions or dual diagnoses.[6]

In 2003, he joined the Professional Advisory Board of Skyland Trail, a mental health care facility in Atlanta, GA. In 2008, he was named co-chair of the board.[7]

He joined the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association (GPPA) in 2007.[8]

In 2009, he earned a second board-certification in addiction medicine.[9]

He opened a solo practice in Vinings, Georgia in 2009.

Mental health advocacy[edit]

In 2007, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an investigative series into 115 patient deaths under suspicious circumstances in Georgia’s state-run psychiatric hospitals.[10] In response, Radulovacki wrote about it an op-ed for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in which he wrote about the mental health crisis in Georgia.[11]}}

That same year, he launched FaithWorks, an interfaith volunteer organization. FaithWorks organized and sponsored annual Mental Health Conferences featuring renowned experts, advocates, service providers, and family members of those with mental illnesses addressing urgent issues in mental health care. These nondenominational events were hosted by Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Temple Sinai, and Trinity Presbyterian Church.[12]

In 2008, after Georgia’s governor and the Department of Human Resources reported interest in privatizing the state’s psychiatric hospitals,[13] In response, Radulovacki wrote an opinion piece for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that said privatization would worsen the state’s mental health crisis.[14]}} In 2009, Georgia dropped its plan to privatize its mental health system.

Radulovacki led a team in 2009 in founding CHIP (Community Health Interfaith Partnership), a model partnership between mental health care providers, community-based primary care physicians, and faith communities. In his volunteer role as the organization’s first president/CEO, he guided the nonprofit organization from concept to reality.

2014 US Senate race[edit]

Radulovacki declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, representing the state of Georgia, in June 2013.[1] He and his fellow candidates in the Democratic Primary were all political newcomers. Early interviews focused on his positions on health care (the Affordable Care Act), education, and immigration.[15] In August 2013, following veterans’ suicides at the Atlanta VA Hospital, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) called for field hearings.[16] In response, the Albany Journal published an op-ed from Radulovacki stating:

It is rare, in the current political climate, to find Republicans and Democrats agreeing on anything. However, I agree wholeheartedly with Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) that our veterans deserve ready access to quality mental health care. Since they’re not getting this care at Atlanta’s VA Hospital, Wednesday’s congressional hearing is worth the effort. Unfortunately, that hearing will not generate the response this crisis deserves unless we look beyond government spending and commit to building a community-based safety net for veterans in need of mental health care.[17]

Radulovacki was defeated by Michelle Nunn in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014.

Awards and honors[edit]

Radulovacki is a lifetime member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society.

He has been voted a “Top Doc” by his professional colleagues six consecutive times (2007-2013)[18] U.S. News & World Report named him a “Top Doc” (2012).[19]

NAMI/National Alliance on Mental Illness twice named him an “Exemplary Psychiatrist” (2009, 2010).[20]

MHA/Mental Health America named him a “Hero in the Fight” (2009).[21]

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution featured him as a “Holiday Hero” (2010).[22]

Radulovacki has a psychiatry practice in Vinings, a suburb north of Atlanta.

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Vinings with his wife, Susan, and two children, Katie and Ryan. A former ALTA tennis city champion, he is an avid rower who has also completed seven marathons and three 50-mile ultramarathons.[23]

Radulovacki and his wife, Susan, have been married 22 years. A former advertising executive, she is the author of Pregnant with Hope: Good News for Infertile Couples.[24] The book grew out of a non-denominational Bible study she created for infertile couples seeking help and hope.[25]


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  9. "American Board of Addiction Medicine Inaugural Diplomates Luncheon" (PDF). ABAM. 2009-05-02. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  10. "Sarah Crider was among 115 patients in the state's care who might have lived". Atlanta Journal Constitution. 2007-01-07. Archived from the original on 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
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  19. "US News & World Report". US News & World Report. 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  20. "NAMI Applauds America's Exemplary Psychiatrists; 20th Anniversary of Awards". National Alliance on Mental Illness. 2010-05-25. Archived from the original on 2013-10-30. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
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  22. "Holiday Heroes" (PDF). Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 2010-12-10. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-07-22. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  23. "Branko Radulvacki Ultramarathon Statistics". DUV. 2012-03-11. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  24. "Pregnant with Hope: Good News for Infertile Couples". Amazon. 2009-11-21. Archived from the original on 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  25. "Bible study focuses on infertility, encourages couples to share, trust in God". Presbyterian Ministries USA. 2010-03-16. Archived from the original on 2013-08-16. Retrieved 2013-08-17.

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