Aug. 29, 2019–Dr. E. Gaylon McCullough, Author / Plastic Surgeon

Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough is a globally recognized facial surgeon, teacher, philanthropist, and author. In a feature article, the international publication, Cosmetic Surgery Times called him a “Renaissance Man.” He is an experienced interviewee on regional, national, and international television and radio productions.
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McCollough is an inductee of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as its “2017 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman” and a recipient of the University of Alabama’s prestigious “2017 Paul W. Bryant Alumni Athlete Award.”
The award is presented to a former UA athlete “whose accomplishments since graduating from the university are outstanding. Selection is based on recognition in the following areas of the life experience: Character; Contributions to Society; Professional Achievement and Service to Fellowman”.
While attending the University of Alabama as a student, the future Dr. McCollough was an Academic All-American center on Alabama Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s 1964 National Championship Team and an “All-Southeastern Conference Center,” who chose a medical career over a professional football career with the Dallas Cowboys.
In 2017, Dr. McCollough published his memoir: Victory in the Game of Life: A Paul W. Bryant Alumni Athlete’s Journey, in which he shares the lessons learned from Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and from an all-star lineup of medical and surgical mentors.
He is a founding director of the Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Foundation (which has recognized and awarded scholarships in the amount of $12 million) to deserving student athletes. He also served as President of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, the Birmingham Touchdown Club, Gulf Coast Athletic Club, and is also an inductee of the Wiregrass Area Sports Hall of Fame. He was chosen by the citizens of his hometown (Enterprise, Alabama) as the city’s “All-Time Football Player”.
He is an emeritus trustee of Judson College for Women, a director emeritus of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, and was invited to deliver a keynote address at the annual Harper Lee Literary Conference in the city where To Kill a Mockingbird took place, Monroeville, AL.
In 2015, Dr. McCollough, who serves on the Academy’s international faculty, received the United States Sports Academy’s Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award. Previous recipients include President Ronald Reagan, numerous US Congressmen, Governors, Hall of Famers and Olympians. He was also honored twice by the All-American Football Foundation, with “Distinguished American” and “Un-Sung Hero” Awards.
For his efforts in creating the position of “Medical Director” for Nursing Homes—and the first to serve in that capacity—Dr. McCollough was inducted in his state’s “Senior Citizens Hall of Fame,” before he was fifty years old.
In 1994, Dr. McCollough was honored by the March of Dimes as “Alabama Citizen of the Year” and is listed in the National Registry of Who’s Who in Medicine. He has been included in Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Plastic Surgeons, America’s Best Physicians, and the National Academy of Medicine. He also served as commissioner on the State of Alabama’s first Medical Licensure Commission, the organization charged with the responsibility of awarding (and revoking) the medical licenses of physicians.
To demonstrate the trust and gratitude that the U.S. Military Complex had in—and for—him, in the 1990s McCollough was a twice invited guest of the National Defense University at Ft. McNair in Washington after having been honorably discharged from the Alabama National Guard with the rank of Major and appointment as “Chief of Medical Services” for an U.S. Army Evacuation Hospital.
In academic arenas, he also served as vice-chair of UA President Joab Thomas’ President’s Cabinet, co-chairman for the Bryant Museum Planning Committee, and co-chair for the university’s 1990s Capital Campaign for the College of Arts and Sciences.
In the spring of 2017 he and his wife, (former Miss Alabama, Susan Nomberg,) endowed the McCollough Institute for Pre-Medical Scholars at the University of Alabama, a one of a kind educational experience for tomorrow’s physicians.
The couple also funded construction of the “Susan and Gaylon McCollough A-Club Career and Leadership Development Center” in the Battle Academic Center at Bryant Hall on the UA Tuscaloosa campus. This center assists current and past athletes prepare for careers after sports.
Dr. McCollough is a prolific writer. He is author/co-author of several major textbooks on facial and nasal plastic surgery, multiple chapters in other medical/surgical textbooks, and author of scores of articles published in “peer reviewed” medical journals.
His most recent textbook The Elite Facial Surgery Practice (2017) shares his practice development and management experiences with aspiring younger surgeons and those seeking to expand their practices. To date, there has been no evidence that his consumer information book, The Appearance Factor is not the only publication offered (free of charge) to prospective surgical and non-surgical patients.
On the credentialing side of the ledger, Dr. McCollough is well-endowed. He is “board-certified” by both The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABRPRS) and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ABO-HNS). He was elected by his peers to serve as the ABFPRS’ first President. He received the Dr. Larry Schoenrock Award from the ABFPRS for leadership efforts in the specialty of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Dr. John Dickinson Award for his efforts in teaching Facial Plastic Surgery on the national and international stages.
He is a director of fellowship training for the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery’s and has trained 94 Facial Plastic Surgeons, in his US clinics. For his efforts as an instructor and author of textbooks and journal articles, he was awarded the AAFPRS’s highest: the “John T. Dickenson” and “William K. Wright” awards.
Dr. McCollough was inducted into the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery as an honorary member and served as President of the American Association of Cosmetic Surgeons. He is Clinical Professor of Surgery (Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) in the Department of Surgery at the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine and while in Birmingham, he held the same academic position in the Department of Surgery at UAB Medical Center.
Underscoring his interests and mind, body, and spirit wellness, Dr. McCollough served as President of the International Council of Integrative Medicine, directed educational seminars in “Rejuvenology (the medicine and surgery of appearance and health enhancement,” and has traveled to numerous countries where he taught and performed life enhancing procedures.
In 2007, Dr. McCollough was honored for the release of his book Let Us Make Man, (an in-depth study of the Book of Genesis) at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York. In addition he has written The Long Shadow of Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, (Compress Press, 2008) a profile of the late, great Alabama football Coach, Shoulders of Giants (Albright Publishing, 1986), Before and After (Compress Press, 1994), The Image in the Mirror, a.k.a. The Appearance Factor (Compress Press, 2009), a consumer’s guide to plastic surgery as a method of appearance and health enhancement, The Oath (A-Argus Better Book Publishers, LLC), his first novel, The Annunaki Enigma: Armageddon 2015 co-authored with Dr. Symm McCord, A-Argus Better Book Publishers, The Lords of Seduction (A-Argus Better Book Publishers, LLC), and The Orwellian State of America, and his aforereferenced memoir, Victory in the Game of Life…
His 35,000 square foot McCollough Institute for Appearance & Health is the fourth such clinic and institution he has built, in two separate zip codes. It is an interdisciplinary professional complex dedicated to helping people from all walks of life look, feel, and perform better… longer. Strategically, the McCollough Institute is located in a coastal (Gulf of Mexico) golf and resort community (Craft Farms). Because of the positive attention and advanced services in the appearance and health arena it brought to the community, in 2002, the McCollough Institute was honored by the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce as “Business of the Year”.
Dr. McCollough and his wife, Susan, have two children, four grandchildren and a small herd of Tennessee Walking Horses on their ranch located just minutes from the McCollough Institute in the coastal resort community of Gulf Shores, Alabama and less than an hour from the city limits of Mobile, AL, and Pensacola, FL
So, the question lingers: Does the label, “Renassaince Man” aptly apply to Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough, the author of The Gift You Give Yourself…? That question can only be answered by historians; however—with this summary of “contributions to society, character, professional achievement, and service to fellowman,” those responsible for expanding the profile that currently exists, for Dr. McCollough, should have a solid foundation, with which to build upon.