Published: August 31, 2015

Presidential Citations

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.


alfordBobby 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 crumleyRoger 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. millerRobert 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. robbinsThomas 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.

More from September 2015 - Vol. 34 No. 08

Products from the new AcademyU® Learning Platform
Foundation copublishes two books with Thieme As part of an ongoing agreement with Thieme Publishers, the Foundation has just added two more titles to its book and eBook collection. The first book, Otolaryngology Lifelong Learning Manual (OLLM), is an update to the Maintenance Manual for Lifelong Learning. Through the hard work of the eight education committees, under the leadership of Education Coordinator Sonya Malekzadeh, MD, this will become a valuable resource for all otolaryngology clinicians. OLLM serves as a great resident resource and certification study guide. Practicing physicians can use it for a refresher on a topic and for recertification through MOC. Nonphysician clinicians will also benefit from the comprehensive scope of the book. The second book, Geriatric Otolaryngology, was edited by Robert T. Sataloff, MD, Michael M. Johns III, MD, and Karen Kost, MD. This book is much more than a revision to the previous book of the same title. It is a comprehensive and timely discussion of the otolaryngology concerns of the elderly population. Both books are available in print and eBook formats and can be ordered through the Thieme website at You can search by specialty or title. The AAO-HNS Foundation is proud to have worked with Thieme on these two essential otolaryngology publications and looks forward to continuing its copublishing partnership. AcademyQ® CME: otolaryngology knowledge self-assessment tool AcademyQ® CME offers learners the opportunity to hone their knowledge skills through a series of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery-specific self-assessment questions. Derived from the 800 knowledge assessment questions available in the AcademyQ® app for Apple and Android, this activity provides the opportunity to enhance knowledge of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery with hundreds of study questions to test recall, interpretation, and problem-solving skills while earning CME credit. Drawing on the same questions released on the Academy® app in 2012 and 2014, nine modules contain 50 questions specific to each specialty. The physician learner will read and analyze otolaryngology-specific questions and rationales developed by otolaryngology experts. Included in each module is thorough feedback for each question, additional reading references, and appropriate images and videos to enhance the learning experience. Pediatric Otolaryngology eLectures Pediatric Otolaryngology eLectures, coproduced by the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) and AAO-HNSF, offer learners education opportunities designed to address pressing patient care concerns facing pediatric and general otolaryngologists. The webinars in this series are: Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis Diagnosis and Management of Vascular Malformations Update on Allergic Rhinitis—A Burdensome Disease Down Syndrome: Otolaryngologic Manifestations Evaluation and Management of Sialorrhea in Children Hearing Tests and Hearing Aids: More Interesting Than You Thought Complications of Acute Rhinosinusitis in Children Otitis Media Update Assessment and Management of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Evaluation of Pediatric Sensorineural Hearing Loss Unilateral Hearing Loss In Children Caustic Ingestion Management of Pediatric Vocal Fold Immobility Head and Neck Masses in the Pediatric Population Quality and Safety in Surgery: How to Become a Better Surgeon Choking and Aspiration in Children: Evaluation and Management Pediatric Sleep Medicine 2014: A Roundtable Discussion Eustachian Tube and Evolution Social Media—A Blessing or a Curse for the Otolaryngologist Genetics and Pediatric Otolaryngology These archived recordings are be available for AMA PRA Category 1™ credit. ENT for the PA-C eLecture Series The annual ENT for the PA-C Conference is jointly presented by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation and the Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. The primary audience for the conference is nonphysician clinicians, especially physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who specialize in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. This eLecture Series, recorded at the 2015 ENT for the PA-C Annual Conference, includes the following presentations: Healthcare Reform Audiogram Interpretation: 10-minute Dizziness Evaluation Evaluation and Management of Facial Nerve Paralysis Everything You Ever (and Never) Need to Know About Salivary Glands Differential Diagnosis and Management of Conductive Hearing Loss Non-otologic Sources of Otalgia Diagnosis and Treatment of Anaphylaxis Evaluation and Management of Pediatric Neck Masses OSA: Improving Treatment Outcomes Vocal Fold Paralysis Diagnosis and Treatment Assisting in ENT Procedures These archived recordings will be available for AAPA CME credit. Visit for these new activities along with the entire catalog of education opportunities offered by the AAO-HNS Foundation.