Bobby Alford, MD

Date of Passing: February 20, 2018

One of our long-time and enduring Fellows, Dr. Bobby R. Alford, passed away on February 20, 2018 after a brief illness. Dr. Alford was inducted as an Active Fellow in 1974 and during the 2017 annual meeting, was elevated to Emeritus status. He was a Distinguished Service Professor at Baylor College of Medicine where he served as department chair from 1967 to 2010. His dedication to the specialty of otolaryngology is evidenced by his accomplishments in patient care, education, and research at the department named in his honor at Baylor College of Medicine. He played a pivotal role in the merging of AAO and ACO as the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery as we know it today. Dr. Alfords’ most enduring legacy may be the enrichment of the lives of countless patients he treated over the years and the innumerable students, residents, and fellows he trained during more than 50 years of service. As the consummate physician and surgeon, his true legacy will live on in the lives of those inspired by his dedication and commitment to patients, research, education, and the pursuit of excellence he instilled in the more than 300 residents and faculty who continue to be leaders in otolaryngology and organized medicine