Stanley M. Blaugrund, M.D.

Date of Passing: June 6, 2024

The Association has been notified of the passing on June 6, 2024, of Stanley Blaugrund, MD at his home in New York.  Elevated by the American Laryngological Association (ALA) to Emeritus Fellow in 2016 after more than 40 years (1977) as an Active Fellow, Dr. Blaugrund was one of the outstanding head and neck cancer surgeons of his generation.

Born in El Paso, Texas in 1930, Dr. Blaugrund moved to New York in 1958 for his residency in Otolaryngology at Mt. Sinai Hospital that was followed by completion of the distinguished John Conley Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology and Facial Plastic Surgery.  In addition to his groundbreaking surgical techniques and research, Dr. Blaugrund served as the chairman of Lenox Hill Hospital’s Department of Otolaryngology for 25 years. He firmly believed that the ability to speak is part of one’s humanity. He also e was instrumental in building the Lenox Hill’s Ames Vocal Dynamics Laboratory serving leading actors, politicians, business leaders, and singers who rely on their voices for their work and art.

Among his many honors, Dr. Blaugrund was elected president of the national Triological Society in 1997 and was awarded the esteemed deRoaldes Medal for Distinguished Service in Laryngology in 1998 by the American Laryngological Association.

During his training, he married the love of his life, art historian Dr. Annette Blaugrund, who, at the time, was running the audiology clinic. They were happily married for 63 years and have three children and seven grandchildren. During the time he wasn’t attending to his patients, he spent time with his family sharing his love of cooking.  He often challenged himself to master cooking techniques from around the world, which included family specialties such as stuffed cabbage and Tex-Mex staples learned from his mother.

Recognized as a Renaissance man: a passionate photographer, World War II history buff, painter, gardener, sailor, singer, and guitarist, Dr. Blaugrund also was a two-handicap golfer and overall gifted athlete. He noted that among his proudest athletic achievements was starting on the El Paso High School basketball team when they won the 1947 Texas State Championship as he scored the last point to win the game.

Services to commemorate his life were held on June 8th, 2024.