COL Brian Allgood Memorial Leadership Award and Fund

COL Brian Allgood, MD

COL Brian D. Allgood, MD was born in Regensburg, Germany, October 19, 1960. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point on May 26, 1982. In 1986, after receiving a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Oklahoma, he interned in General Surgery, completed Orthopedic Surgical Residency at Brooke Army Medical Center and became board certified in Orthopedic Surgery. COL Allgood served in the full range of medical professional positions from Battalion Surgeon, 3rd Ranger Battalion; Orthopedic Consultant to U.S. Special Operations Command; Course Director Combat Medic Course; Command Surgeon, United States Forces Korea and Command Surgeon, Multi-National Force-Iraq. He commanded at all levels to include the 274th Forward Surgical Team (Airborne); the 232nd Medical Battalion; Keller Army Community Hospital; the 121st General Hospital; and the 18th Medical Command.

His awards include the Legion of Merit with 1 OLC, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 OLC, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with1 OLC, Army Superior Unit Award, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrow Head Device, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Combat Action Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Flight Surgeon Wings, Master Combat Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab. He is also a recipient of the Order of Military Medical Merit.

COL Allgood served his country as an Orthopaedic surgeon, a leader of character and a champion for the wounded warrior. He was killed in combat in Iraq on January 20, 2007.

The Award

In his name and memory, SOMOS established the COL Brian Allgood Memorial Leadership Award in 2007. This award will be presented annually for leadership excellence in military Orthopaedic surgery. An example for all military surgeons, COL Allgood served his country as an Orthopaedic surgeon, a leader of character, and a champion for the wounded warrior. Candidates for the Brian Allgood Award are military Orthopaedic surgeons who have distinguished themselves as exceptional leaders in military Orthopaedic surgery. This award will be presented to the individual who best exemplifies COL Allgood's attributes of selfless leadership, commitment to excellence in military Orthopaedics, and loyalty to the ideas of Duty, Honor, Country.

Nominations are now closed and the winner will be announced at the 2016 SOMOS Annual Meeting.

Donating to the Allgood Award

Monetary donations can be made to the COL Brian Allgood Memorial Leadership Award. Donations should be noted for "COL Brian Allgood Memorial Leadership Award and sent to SOMOS at:

The Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons
110 West Road, Suite 227
Towson, MD 21204-2136

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2016 Winner - Brig Gen (Ret.) Michael J. Yaszemski, MD, PhD

Brig Gen Yaszemski is a very busy clinician, educator, and researcher. He is a sought after lecturer on the international stage, and is the recipient of multiple NIH R01 grants. His CV reads like a book.  He is author of some 200+ papers and 14 books, the owner of a dozen patents, and currently is an endowed Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at Mayo, and Director of the Engineering and Biomaterials Research Lab. He was just recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors of medicine. He is also the recipient prestigious AAOS Tipton Award. For these reasons, and many more, we honor him.  

Past Winners of the Allgood Award

2015 Winner - COL (Ret) B. Hudson Berry Jr., MD
COL Berrey is well known for his commitment to the military and to his fellow surgeons. At Walter Reed, he started an orthopaedic oncology program at a time when he was the only orthopaedic oncologist in the military. As Chief of Orthopaedics at Walter Reed he initiated a research year for the program, becoming a model for other programs. After retiring from service, he went on to build a $25M Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute at UF Gainesville. He has participated in many medical relief missions and in 2008, his duty to his country caused him to return to active duty and he volunteered for deployment in Operation Iraqi Freedom. For these reasons, and many more, we honor him.  

2014 Winner - COL Warren Kadrmas, MD (posthumously)
COL Warren Kadrmas was recognized as the outstanding resident graduate at the Hospital for Special Surgery in 2003, where he went on to excel in sports medicine before returning to San Antonio as an invaluable asset to military orthopaedic surgery, serving as a mentor, educator, and leader for all. He was a loyal friend and colleague who exemplified selflessness and professionalism. His tireless work ethic and unyielding dedication to those around him made him a well-respected leader both within the military and national orthopaedic circles. For these reasons, and many more, we honor him. COL Kadrmas was tragically lost in a car accident on May 8, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.

2013 Winner - CAPT (ret) Michael J. Bosse, MD
CAPT(Ret) Michael J. Bosse is the epitome of a Military Orthopaedic Surgeon. Dr. Bosse is currently a Professor of Orthopaedics and the Director of Clinical Research at the Carolinas Medical Center and is also the Co-PI and Clinical Chair of the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC), prior to which he was an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland and Shock Trauma Center. He served as a member of the Board of Directors, and then President, of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association where he instituted a policy providing Active Duty Military Orthopaedic Surgeons free membership. He has been instrumental in attaining funding for military orthopaedics through the annual Extremity War Injuries Symposiums which has resulted in over a hundred million dollars of funding for military research and has led to the largest multicenter study looking at many of the most difficult challenges facing military orthopaedic surgeons. For these reasons, and many more, we honor him.

2012 Winner - COL Edward Arrington, MD
COL Arrington is currently the Chair of the Orthopaedic Service and Residency Program Director at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. He has served on the SOMOS Board of Directors for nearly a decade and was instrumental in transforming SOMOS from a small organization to the nationally recognized society it is today. He was recently inducted into the American Orthopaedic Association and had demonstrated, time and again, his passion for knowledge and education, committing himself to the training of young surgeons time and again. For these reasons, and many more, we honor him.

2011 Winner - Col. (Ret) Theodore Parsons III, MD
Col. (Ret) Parsons is currently the Professor and Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Henry Ford Medical Group. He proudly served is country for 29 years in the Air Force and is a well-respected educator and surgeon within the military and civilian communities. He serves on several orthopaedic advisory boards and is currently serving the SOMOS community as Managing Director.  Despite his overwhelmingly busy schedule, his dedication to family and community is exemplary. For these reasons, and many more, we honor him.  

 2010 Winner - COL James R. Ficke, MD
COL Ficke currently serves as Chair of the combined Air Force and Army training programs in San Antonio, in addition to his role as Consultant of Orthopaedics to the Army Surgeon General where he is responsible for development and execution of Army doctrine regarding orthopaedics. In this role, he continues to mentor and shape Army orthopaedic surgeons through all 6 residencies, guiding them through assignments, deployments and careers that suit them individually as well as the Army collectively. Year after year, COL Ficke is a true mentor to all residents and has helped train a large portion of our current orthopaedic surgeon inventory. His leadership in this integration endeavor has successfully incorporated over 400 people into the largest department in the DoD and the 5th largest orthopaedic residency program in the nation. For these reasons and many more, we honor him.

2009 Winner - COL (ret) William C. Doukas, MD

As Chief of Orthopaedics at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Dr. Doukas took action to create the first comprehensive care line and the first combined Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation – a movement that nearly 10 years later has been captured in official Army organizational doctrine.  While serving as Orthopaedic Service Chief at Walter Reed Army Medical Center during the September 11 attacks, Dr. Doukas and his team developed comprehensive evacuee care processes that have been published and emulated throughout the military health system.  He has excelled in combat casualty care, military organizational leadership, and academic orthopaedics. For these reasons, and many more, we honor him.

2008 Winner - CAPT Dana C. Covey, MD
CAPT Covey has served as Chairman of the Orthopedic Surgery Department and Residency at NMCSD from 2004 to present, in addition to his decade of service during three consecutive appointments as the Navy Orthopedic Specialty Leader and consultant to the Surgeon General, where he also served on the Board of Directors for SOMOS. His outstanding military service has earned him multiple personal military awards including a Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, and two Navy Achievement Medals, in addition to numerous unit ribbons and medals. CAPT Covey’s leadership responsibilities at home, overseas, and in combat zones made him an excellent candidate. He is also one of the few military Orthopedic Surgeons to be to be inducted into the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS). For these reasons, and many more, we honor him.