Dr. Bobby R. Alford is well-known throughout Baylor College of Medicine as a physician, educator and leader. And now, his name will be front and center on the McNair Campus with the Bobby R. Alford Educational Center at the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center.

The state-of-the-art center will be located on the first floor and will serve as the central meeting space for the McNair Campus. Grand rounds, international teleconferences and meetings of all types will be held at the 7300-square-foot center.

Example of excellence

"The Bobby R. Alford Center will honor one of Baylor College of Medicine’s most important and influential faculty members," said Dr. Paul E. Klotman, BCM president and CEO. "Dr. Alford is recognized as an outstanding physician and educator, and he serves as an example of the focus on excellence at the College."

Alford has spent almost his entire career at BCM. It began as a BCM medical student in 1952 and continued with a residency here in otolaryngology. He then did a fellowship with a Houston surgeon, Dr. Frederick Guilford, and then a NIH fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He returned to BCM in 1962 as an assistant professor; in 1965, became an associate professor; in 1966, a professor, and in 1967, chair of the department of otolaryngology. That department now bears his name - Bobby R. Alford Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery.

He has held several leadership positions at BCM, including chancellor, executive vice president and dean of medicine. He also grew the National Space Biomedical Research Institute from a start-up to a network of more than 60 top-level institutions. He continues to serve as chair of the NSBRI board.

Alford also is a community leader, well-known throughout Houston and beyond for his skills as a physician and his commitment to excellence in providing medical care and education.

"It is difficult to think of Baylor College of Medicine without thinking of Dr. Alford," said Joe Jamail, renowned Houston attorney. "I have never met a man more dedicated to giving the very best medical care to his patients as Dr. Bobby Alford. When describing "Good Doctor" in the dictionary, there should be a photograph of Dr. Alford beside it. "

Part of Phase I

The $6.5 million project will be part of the first phase of the BCM Medical Center build-out. The fundraising effort is for capital expenses of the build-out and resources for information technology start-up and interactivity with the BCM Main Campus.

The center will feature:

  • A comprehensive suite of internet and telepresence options for local and international collaboration.
  • Live video feeds from surgical suites in the clinical expansion, for the benefit of our trainees.
  • Breakout rooms and offices for visiting lecturers and clinicians.
  • A "Discovery Zone" with the latest BCM information on education, research and patient care presented in an interactive gallery.