News Courtesy of: Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Jake Berenguer
SAN DIEGO (January 26, 2009) – The Society of Orthopedic Surgeons (SOMOS) recently awarded the first Col. Brian Allgood, M.D. Military Orthopedic Leadership Award to Capt. (Dr.) Dana C. Covey, Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD).
The award memorializes Allgood who was killed in combat Jan. 20, 2007 while serving in Iraq. Candidates for the Allgood award are military orthopedic surgeons that have shown a strong commitment to the ideals of duty, honor, and country. The award recognizes the military Orthopedic Surgeon who has distinguished himself as an exceptional leader and medical practitioner in the care of injured service members.
"Capt. Covey was selected among nominees from the Army, Navy, and Air Force to receive this prestigious 'life-long' achievement award in Military Orthopedic Surgery. For SOMOS, this is our highest award as an Orthopedic Surgeon. This year was the first year of the award," said NMCSD staff surgeon, Capt. (Dr.) Scott Helmers.
"It’s a big honor to have received the award. I would like to think that I was chosen as a representative of the leadership, operational, and patient care contributions of many in Navy Medicine and Navy Orthopedics. All that we accomplish is a result of a team effort," said Covey.
Covey has never shied away from significant leadership dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system according to Helmers.
Covey’s leadership responsibilities, at home, overseas, and in combat zones made him an excellent candidate according to Helmers. He is also one of the few military Orthopedic Surgeons to be to be inducted into the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS).
"It’s great to work for someone as accomplished and knowledgeable as Capt. Covey. His Orthopedic expertise contributes so much to our efforts to improve the quality of life for others," said Orthopedic Surgical Sports Clinic technician, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kristi Warren.
Covey has served as Chairman of the Orthopedic Surgery Department and Residency at NMCSD from 2004 to present. This does not include 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.
"Because of his demonstrated excellence in Orthopedic Surgery and Military Leadership, I believe Capt. Dana Covey embodies the values of duty, honor, and country recognized in the Col. Brian Allgood Military Orthopedic Leadership Memorial Award," said Helmers.