Bobby R. Alford, MD, is founder and chairman of the board of directors of NASA’s National Space Biomedical Research Institute and Distinguished Service Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. After residency at Baylor, he completed a clinical fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, and special NIH fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
IN RECOGNITION OF HIS DISTINGUISHED CAREER IN OTOLARYNGOLOGY AS EDUCATOR, SURGEON, VISIONARY, MENTOR, AND ROLE MODEL
Bobby R. Alford, MD Bobby R. Alford, MD, is founder and chairman of the board of directors of NASA’s National Space Biomedical Research Institute and Distinguished Service Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. After residency at Baylor, he completed a clinical fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, and special NIH fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Dr. Alford was chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at BCM for more than 40 years, interim chair of the Department of Surgery, and chief of service at BCM/The Methodist Hospital and Chancellor at BCM. He has been a leader in many organizations and received many honors. He is past president of the AAO-HNS/F, American Board of Otolaryngology and American Council of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and a former member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Alford was editor of Archives of Otolaryngology for 10 years. He is an elected member of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He received the Association of Operating Room Nurses of Greater Houston’s Distinguished Surgeon Award, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Jeffries Aerospace Medicine and Life Sciences Research Award and NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal. In 2012, BCM established the Bobby R. Alford Educational Center.
IN RECOGNITION OF HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO NEUROLARYNGOLOGY, AS LEADER, INSPIRATION TO OTHERS, AND FRIEND Roger L. Crumley, MD, MBA Roger L. Crumley, MD, MBA, is emeritus professor and chair of the University of California-Irvine Medical Center (UCI). He also has a clinical practice and is an advocate for otolaryngology in the medical community. His wide range of specialty interests includes facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, neurolaryngology—in particular laryngeal reinnervation, and treatment of sleep apnea. Dr. Crumley has served in leadership roles in several specialty societies, including as president of The Triological Society, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Laryngological Association. He originated the American Neurolaryngology Study Group in 1989 with current AAO-HNS/F President Gayle E. Woodson, MD. Dr. Crumley has presented invited lectures at universities and specialty meetings around the world. Dr. Crumley graduated from the University of Iowa School of Medicine and Iowa’s otolaryngology residency program. He joined the faculty at the University of California-San Francisco, where he progressed to clinical professor and, in 1987, accepted the position of professor at UCI. In 1991 he became the first department chair for otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at UCI. He served in several university positions including interim president of UCI Medical Group. Dr. Crumley received his MBA in 1999 and retired as chair of the UCI otolaryngology department in 2007.
IN RECOGNITION OF HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE OTOLARYNGOLOGY SPECIALTY AS EDUCATOR, INNOVATOR, MENTOR, AND FRIEND. Robert H. Miller, MD, MBA Robert H. Miller, MD, MBA, is the executive director of the American Board of Otolaryngology and a visiting professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. His research interests include healthcare workforce and health policy. Dr. Miller has held or currently holds leadership roles in numerous medical organizations. These include the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Otolaryngology. He has served on a number of national committees in the area of health policy and academic administration including the American College of Surgeons Health Policy Steering Committee, the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical and Faculty Scholars Programs’ National Advisory Committees, and the Institute of Medicine’s Sleep Medicine and Research Committee. Dr. Miller has been active on the editorial boards of several major U.S. otolaryngology publications including those of The Triological Society and has served on them also as executive secretary and treasurer. Dr. Miller received his undergraduate and medical school education at Tulane University and did his residency at UCLA. In 1978, he joined the Baylor College of Medicine faculty. He was appointed professor and chair of Tulane’s department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery in 1987. He received an MBA degree and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow from 1996 to 1997. Dr. Miller returned to Tulane as vice-chancellor for clinical affairs. In 1999, he became the dean of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, a role he served until September 2001.
IN RECOGNITION OF HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIELD OF HEAD AND NECK ONCOLOGY, AS LEADER, EDUCATOR, HUMANITARIAN, AND FRIEND. Thomas Robbins, MD Thomas Robbins, MD, is best known for his work in the classification and nomenclature of neck dissections, developing a new standard with an intersocietal team. His recent research contributes to findings of active observation and less aggressive neck surgery for selected patients and patients with persistent, but limited, nodal disease. He has held academic faculty positions at the University of Texas at Houston, the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the University of California at San Diego, and chaired otolaryngology programs at the University of Tennessee, the University of Florida, and Southern Illinois University. He served as the executive director of Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University and held its Endowed Chair in Oncology. Dr. Robbins has authored more than 250 scientific publications and edited several books. Dr. Robbins believes in volunteerism. His involvement spans continents, from an outreach program with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center in Tanzania, to the American Cancer Society as a regional division president, to local scouting. He was one of the inaugural co-presidents of the American Head and Neck Society. He has served on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons and as the chair of the AAO-HNS Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology Committee. Dr. Robbins received his medical degree at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and residency at the University of Toronto. He followed that with a head and neck surgical oncology fellowship.