"Graham liked Dr. Alan Bloom, a small round man with sad eyes, a good forensic psychiatrist - maybe the best. Graham appreciated the fact that Dr. Bloom had never displayed professional interest in him. That was not always the case with psychiatrists."
Bloom works at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago and is a consultant to the FBI behavioral-science section. He doesn't typically meet with Jack Crawford and Will Graham until a serial killer appears to be active. He serves as a guest lecturer at the behavioral-science section of the FBI Academy.at Quantico, and also serves as an examiner for Ph.D. candidates. He has known Dr. Chilton for years, and he unsuccessfully attempted to profile/understand Hannibal's pathology.
He won't use his training to encourage killers to commit suicide: "Suicide was Bloom’s mortal enemy" and doesn't even like the idea of causing hurt to serial killers: "Alan Bloom had found it difficult to scheme toward hurt".
Bloom is married, and during the "Tooth Fairy" case, he had a cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal).
His secretary's name is Linda King.
"HANNIBAL" (Four years before)
NOTE: For the TV series Bloom will change gender to female, and will be played by Caroline Dhavernas as Dr. Alana “Al” Bloom. She is a psychiatric protege of Hannibal Lecter’s who teaches psychology at Georgetown University and is consulting with the FBI on criminal profiling when she introduces her mentor to Jack Crawford.