W. Brandt Bede, M.D., of Tacoma, Washington, is currently serving his fourth three-year term on the Shriners Hospitals for Children Board of Trustees. He returned as an active member of the Board when he was elected during the Shriners’ 2015 Imperial Session – held in Houston July 5 - July 9. He also served one year on the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children from 2012-2013.
Dr. Bede previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Shriners Hospitals for Children from 2002-2011, and was honored with emeritus status. He was a member of the Board of Governors of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Spokane in 1991 and 1992 and a member of the Board of Governors of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland from 1994 through 2002, serving as chairman the last three years of his term. He also served as chairman of the Clinical and Basic Research Committee.
An orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Bede received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington and his Doctorate of Medicine and Master of Surgery Degree from McGill University. He completed his internship at Presbyterian Medical Center and his surgical residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, and his orthopaedic residency at Montreal General and Montreal Children’s Hospitals. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Canada, the American Board of Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Born in Tacoma, Dr. Bede served in the U.S. Naval Reserve Medical Corps in Orlando, Florida. He is a former member of Tacoma Rotary #8, YMCA Pierce County Camp Seymour Board, Pierce County YMCA Metro Board and Western Forest Industrial Museum Board.
A Past Potentate of Afifi Shriners, Dr. Bede has been an active member in the fraternity since he became a Shriner in 1966. He is a member of Morton Lodge #209, F. & A.M., the Scottish Rite, Royal Arch Masons, Royal and Select Masters, Knights Templar, Red Cross of Constantine and Royal Order of Jesters.
Dr. Bede and his wife, Leslie, have five children, Jeffrey, Christopher, Samantha, Sierra and Alexandra.