Eric D. Blom, Ph.D, is an internationally recognized speech pathologist and medical device inventor who is in private practice with the Center for Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy in Carmel, Indiana. He is most noted as the co-developer of the tracheoesophageal voice restoration technique and numerous Blom-Singer® voice prosthesis and valves, utilized around the world following total laryngectomy and the Blom® Tracheostomy Tube System.
Dr. Blom earned his Ph.D from the University of Maryland in 1972. Recognition of his achievements by his colleagues during his 35-year career includes Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award (1984), Fellow of the Association (1989), and Honors of the Association (1998)—all bestowed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Blom is the only non-physician inducted into the Royal Society of Medicine, Section of Laryngology and Rhinology, London, England.
His efforts as an inventor have earned 29 United States and foreign patents, and seven additional patents are currently pending. (For a complete list of Dr. Blom's patented inventions, see his curriculum vitae). Dr. Blom has authored or co-authored 60 scientific publications and has been an invited guest lecturer at conferences throughout the United States and 24 foreign countries.
In recent years, Dr. Blom began to focus his attention on the communication needs of patients who are aphonic because they are mechanically ventilated through a tracheostomy tube having a fully inflated cuff. The recently introduced (2009) Blom® Tracheostomy Tube and Speech Inner Cannula uniquely eliminates this problem and is expected to revolutionize the opportunity for ventilator-dependant patients around the world to speak with their larynx.
On a personal note, Dr. Blom and his wife Sally have been married 42 years and live in Carmel, Indiana. In his moments of leisure, Dr. Blom enjoys gardening and landscaping. He is an enthusiastic auto racing fan, but stresses that his role in this area is strictly that of a spectator. He is also a collector of exotic foreign cars.