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Eric. D. Blom, Ph.D

Dr. Eric Blom

Specialty Areas:

  • Speech Pathology
  • Post-Laryngectomy Voice Restoration


  • Miami University of Ohio
    Oxford, Ohio 1966
    B.S. Degree
  • Ball State University
    Muncie, IN 1967
    M.A. Degree
  • University of Maryland
    College Park, MD 1972

Licensure and Certification:

  • License in Speech Pathology, State of Indiana
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence – Speech Pathology, American Speech and Hearing Association

Hospital Affiliations:

  • St. Vincent Health Network
  • Clarian North
  • Clarian West
  • Community Health Network
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Methodist Hospital of Indiana


  • Allied Health Practitioner Speech Pathology
    St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services
  • Allied Health Practitioner Speech Pathology
    Clarian North Medical Center
    2005 – Present
  • Allied Health Practitioner Speech Pathology
    Community Hospitals
    2004 – Present
  • Allied Health Practitioner Speech Pathology, Otolaryngology Section
    Methodist Hospital of Indiana
    1990 – Present
  • Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
    Indiana University School of Medicine
    1990 – Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences
    Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
    1986 – Present
  • Speech Pathologist – Head and Neck Surgery Associates (now CENTA)
    Indianapolis, IN
    1981 – Present
  • Assistant Professor of Speech Pathology, Department of Otolaryngology
    Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
    1979 – 1981
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
    1974 – 1981
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Audiology and Speech
    Ball State University, Muncie, IN
    1974 – 1981
  • Chief, Audiology and Speech Pathology Service
    Veterans Administration Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
    1972 - 1981

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • European Study Group for Functional Surgery Following Laryngectomy (EGFL)
  • Royal Society of Medicine, Section of Laryngology and Rhinology

Meet Dr. Blom

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.

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