Internationally renowned surgeon, Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough, is being honored with the United States Sports Academy’s 2015 Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award for the great contributions he has made in sport and medicine.

The Academy’s Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual in any amateur or professional sport, past or present, who has excelled as a contributor to both sport and society over at least a decade.

The University of Alabama (UA) 1965 honors graduate served as an offensive center for the Crimson Tide football team under coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, where he was named to the Academic All-American Team in 1964. He chose a medical career over a promising football career with the Dallas Cowboys. However, while attending medical school, he played for the Atlanta Falcons development franchise and earned “All-Pro” Honors.

He later became a confidant of Coach Bryant’s as one of his doctors. In his book, “The Long Shadow of Coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant,” McCollough lays out a set of leadership principles extrapolated from Bryant’s coaching style.

Dr. McCollough continues to support his alma mater, and state, to this day in the fields of sport and medicine. Last year, he established the Susan & Gaylon McCollough A-Club Career and Leadership Development Center on the UA campus, an effort to support students in life after sports. The McCollough Medical Scholars Forum was also established by Dr. McCollough and his wife, Susan McCollough, to prepare UA students pursuing medical and health science professions for the road ahead. He established a similar program for students of the University of South Alabama’s School of Medicine.

In 1975, Dr. McCollough founded the McCollough Plastic Surgery Clinic in Birmingham, AL. He relocated his clinic and practice to Gulf Shores, AL, in 1999, where he founded the McCollough Institute for Appearance and Health.

He has obtained international recognition as a surgeon, teacher and author of textbooks and peer reviewed publications that focus on the art and science of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Being recognized for his achievements is not a first for Dr. McCollough, as he is also listed in The National Academy of Medicine, “America’s Top Plastic Surgeons,” “Best Doctors in America,” and “Who’s Who in Medicine.” He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and served as president in a variety of professional organizations in his specialty, as well as the International Council of Integrative Medicine.

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