J. Allen McElroy, MD, FACS
COTS Vice President
I am the Trauma Medical Director at Marietta Memorial Hospital (MMH) in Southeast Ohio. Though we are considered "rural" by Ohio standards, MMH is one of the busiest Level 3 trauma centers in Ohio and COTS offers us relationships and resources that are invaluable. Our hospital has been a member of COTS for many years and we continue to be involved at multiple levels supporting its mission as it provides opportunities to connect with other institutions and individuals who are like-minded in desiring the highest quality care for our patients. COTS is a backbone for trauma care in Ohio providing education, registry support, validation of services, and legislative insight for its member hospitals. COTS is a significant factor in advancing and promoting the Trauma Program at MMH both in our community and region.
In my "spare" time outside of practicing surgery and being the Trauma Medical Director, I enjoy my family including my wife of almost 25 years and five children. We live on a farm and have three horses, four dogs, three cats, and a rabbit. I enjoy running and exercise. My other interests include being the Medical Director and member of our SWAT team, hunting and shooting, reading, and generally being a lifetime learner.
My favorite quote sums it all up for me...Hunter S. Thompson said "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and proclaiming: wow, what a ride!"