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.


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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2022 Winner - COL (ret) Tad Gerlinger, MD

COL(Ret) Gerlinger was commissioned from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree. He graduated from medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences(USUHS), Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Gerlinger completed a Transitional Internship at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Washington, and a Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. His military education includes the Army Medical Department Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Army Flight Surgeon Course(Distinguished Honor Graduate), Navy Undersea Medicine Course, Jumpmaster School(Honor Graduate), Airborne and Air Assault School. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College.

COL(Ret) Gerlinger served as the Program Director, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium(SAUSHEC) Orthopaedic Surgery Residency from 2008 to 2013, and as Chief of Adult Reconstruction, San Antonio Military Medical Center(SAMMC) since 2005. The SAUSHEC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency is the largest Orthopaedic Residency in the Department of Defense(DoD) and SAMMC is the DoD’s only Level I Trauma Center. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Rush University.

COL(Ret) Gerlinger deployed to Kosovo with Task Force Falcon, Operation Joint Guardian, in 2001. He served with the 274th Forward Surgical Team (Airborne), the first FST deployed into Afghanistan, for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001. Dr. Gerlinger served with the Joint Special Operations Task Force in the initial actions of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003. He returned to Afghanistan in 2011 with the 936th Forward Surgical Team, serving with the Norwegian Provincial Reconstruction Team at Forward Operating Base Meymaneh.

COL(Ret) Gerlinger’s decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal(with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal(with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal(2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award. He has also been awarded the Combat Medical Badge twice, Expert Field Medical Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault badge, and Australian, Romanian and Egyptian Parachutist Badges. COL Gerlinger is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit, is a Ridder, Den Blodrøde Bondasjes Orden (Knight, Order of the Blood Red Bandage-Norway), has been awarded the Surgeon General’s ‘A’ Proficiency Designator, and is an Eagle Scout.

COL(Ret) Gerlinger is a Past President of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons and is the Co-Program Director for the SOMOS/AAOS/OTA Disaster Response Course. He has served as a Representative, Board of Specialty Societies, and on the Education Committee for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Gerlinger currently is a Consultant on the International Committee Disaster Preparedness Project Team and serves on the Central Instructional Course Committee and Educational Track Committee for the AAOS. He is also a reviewer for Military Medicine and the Journal of Arthroplasty, and is the originating online co-editor for the ‘Disaster Preparedness Toolbox’, Currently he serves as a Co-director of the Adult Reconstruction Fellowship at Rush.

2021 Winner - COL (ret) Mark Pallis, DO

Dr. Pallis currently serves as the Northeast Regional Director of the Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania. Prior to this, Mark served with distinction as Chairman, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at WBAMC (2011-2019) and the Orthopaedic Surgery Consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General (2015-2019) before retiring from military service in 2019. His exemplary work ethic, dedicated leadership efforts and tireless commitment to patient care, research, and medical education place Mark as an incomparable candidate for this distinction. Even in retirement, Dr. Pallis remains a leader in Army Orthopaedics.

As Chairman of the WBAMC Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, COL Pallis led the Army's largest Orthopaedic residency program and the only combined military-civilian residency program in the military. During his tenure, he realized his vision to make William Beaumont into one of the nation’s premier Orthopaedic residency programs. During that time, he grew the faculty from eight to thirteen Orthopaedic surgeons and nearly doubled the support staff. Dr. Pallis successfully implemented external resource sharing agreements with four El Paso hospitals, vastly expanding Orthopaedic surgical capacity and productivity. In addition, Mark negotiated a Cooperative Training Agreement with Del Sol Regional Medical Center, assigning an Army Orthopaedic trauma surgeon to the Level II trauma center for skills maintenance and improved resident education. As a result of his efforts, the WBAMC Orthopaedic department is a leader in Army Medicine in surgical productivity, and the residency ranks among the top 10% nationally in surgical case volume. To begin his final year as the WBAMC Chairman, the Department of Orthopaedics was presented with the U.S. Army Medical Command’s Wolfpack Award for clinical excellence in August 2018. This award, given jointly by the Army Surgeon General and Chief of the Civilian Corps, recognizes exceptional performance by a combined team of military and civilian personnel in clinical medicine.

While serving as the Consultant to the Surgeon General for Orthopaedic Surgery (2015- 2019), Mark managed the assignments, deployments, readiness and training for over 250 Orthopaedic surgeons and residents in over thirty hospitals across the US, Germany and Korea. In order to preserve the hard won lessons learned over a decade-plus of sustained combat operations, he secured over $150,000 in Medical Corps funding annually, enabling expansion of the Combat Extremity Surgeons Course (CESC) to four courses per year rotating among various MTFs across the country. He spearheaded the effort to create a competency-based curriculum and a certification process for the CESC similar to that of ATLS. Dr. Pallis was the creator of the initial Critical Clinical Training Task List (CCTTL) for Army Orthopaedic surgeons and eventually refined this into the current Individual Critical Training List (ICTL) to streamline requirements for surgeons to be deployment ready. He also expanded annual Army GME Fellowship offerings in Orthopaedic surgery in order to increase subspecialty capability across the Army and to encourage 61M retention. This has resulted in 10-12 surgeons entering sub-specialty fellowship annually since 2015. Finally during his leadership as the Consultant, Mark successfully fought for $90,000 in Army Central funding for the SOMOS annual meeting, allowing over eighty Army personnel to attend the meeting annually.

Despite the immense demands on his time, COL Pallis always makes time for people. A devoted father of three and loving husband to his wife, Shannon, Mark continues to serve as a role model for peers and junior colleagues to emulate in the challenging task of balancing professional and personal lives.

2019 Winner - COL (Ret) Dean Taylor, MD

Dr. Taylor’s contribution to both civilian and military orthopaedics is unprecedented.  He has been a constant fixture in the advancement of orthopaedic sports medicine and formalizing a leadership curriculum in medicine.  Dr. Taylor has been a long-time scholar of leadership.  A graduate from United States Military Academy at West Point, he was a tutor and mentor to many of this country’s finest leaders.  He completed a highly-competitive residency at Duke University and then completed his Sports Medicine training at the West Point fellowship.  He has since given back to both programs, serving in the Army for 24 years ultimately being the Head Team Physician and Fellowship Director of West Point prior to returning to Duke and serving in many capacities including Sports Fellowship Director and Chair (and founder) of the unique Feagin Leadership Program.  As a former SOMOS president, Dr. Taylor’s impact on our organization is much deeper than the single year of his term.  His commitment to the study of leadership and development of future leaders make him a nationally recognized expert in this field.  He continues to stay involved with SOMOS, conducting numerous leadership symposiums at SOMOS annual meetings, and of course is the Chairman of the highly renowned Feagin Leadership Program at Duke University which has had many active duty military members as Fellows.  And perhaps there is no better illustration of Dr. Taylor’s deep connection, affinity, and dedication to selfless orthopaedics that this forum is named after another highly acclaimed SOMOS leader and one of his mentors, Dr. John Feagin. 

His impact on Orthopaedic Sports Surgery cannot be overstated.  A true expert on shoulder instability, among many other topics, he leveraged his time at West Point to greatly expand our knowledge on first time shoulder dislocators and treatment of these injuries.  More recently, he has been working with a team at Duke looking at patient-centered care and shared decision making tools. 

Our Sports community has greatly benefitted from Dr. Taylor’s commitment to excellence.  His clinical knowledge, seasoned leadership, time-tested experience, and orthopaedic expertise have made us all better surgeons.  As impressive as his CV is, perhaps more impressive is his willingness to serve others on a very personal level.  Countless surgeons have sought his mentorship, advice, counsel, and reassurance as they have navigated personal health issues.  Dr. Taylor’s own example of extraordinary resilience in the face of a potentially career threatening injury has inspired others and has shown many individuals how to handle personal challenge with dignity, grace, and professionalism.  But more than just providing an example, Dr. Taylor has given numerous hours of his own time to counsel, encourage, and guide young surgeons through their own challenges.

Past Winners of the Allgood Award

2018 Winner - COL (Ret) John M. Tokish, MD

Dr. Tokish’s research contribution to SOMOS and the larger orthopaedic community are without peer.  His research includes an astonishing 125 peer-reviewed articles and other publications, 35 chapters, and 5 textbooks.  He has won the coveted Hughston Award for the most outstanding paper in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Excellence in Research and Aircast Awards from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine in addition to more than 15 Best-Paper awards at national and international orthopaedic meetings.   This likely represents one of the most productive research portfolios of any SOMOS member ever and is unlikely to be duplicated.   As a direct result of his research productivity and his unmistakable effort to place SOMOS and military orthopaedics at the forefront, military orthopaedics continues to be recognized nationally as experts in the treatment of complex knee and shoulder conditions in the warrior-athlete.  

All of us have greatly benefitted from Dr. Tokish’s accomplishments as a military officer and orthopaedic surgeon.  As impressive as his research achievements have been, maybe more so is his vision, collaborative spirit, devotion to military orthopaedic advancement and willingness to develop future generations of researchers and orthopaedic leaders.  It is exactly these characteristics that have made the military orthopaedic outcomes collaborative (MOTION) successful—receiving more than $2 million in research grants for the advancement of the military orthopaedic research.  It goes without saying that John has been uniquely instrumental in advancing military orthopaedic surgery. 

2017 Winner - CAPT Matthew T. Provencher, MD, MC USNR

Dr. Provencher completed his orthopaedic residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and his orthopaedic shoulder knee and sports surgery fellowship at Rush University.  A prolific researcher, he has received numerous academic and research awards including the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) Science Award; the ISAKOS Richard Caspari Award; and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Aircast Research Award. He was also selected for several prestigious traveling fellowships, including the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) John Fahey North American Traveling Fellowship, the American-British-Canadian (ABC) Fellowship, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Traveling Fellowship. In addition, he has received several peer-reviewed research grants totaling over $1.5 million to study topics such as shoulder instability, rotator cuff injuries, and ACL tears from funding agencies including OREF, PRORP, and The Departments of the Army and Navy.

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.  


2015 Winner - COL (Ret) B. Hudson Berrey 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.