Col Stacy A. Shackelford, MD, FACS, USAF, MC
Chief, Joint Trauma System, Combat Support Agency, Defense Health Agency
Col Shackelford is the first JTS Chief to serve under the DHA governance. Col Shackelford previously served as the JTS Chief of Education and Performance Improvement.
Col Shackelford was instrumental in standing up the JTS Committees for Surgical and En Route Combat Casualty Care. She is also known for her contributions to prolonged field care (PFC) and her work in predeployment training. She was awarded the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care Frank K. Butler award for 2016 for her many contributions to improving military prehospital trauma care. She also received the Joint Service Commendation medal and the Bronze Star.
She deployed five times to CENTCOM. During her last three deployments, Col Shackelford served as the forward Joint Theater Trauma System director for Operation Enduring Freedom, managing a team of 24 personnel and coordinating trauma care delivery for three Role 3 and 22 Role 2 surgical facilities throughout Afghanistan. She twice served as the dual-hatted Operation Freedom's Sentinel trauma system director/Task Force Medical-Afghanistan deputy commander for clinical services. She also led the first CENTCOM prehospital trauma system assessment in Afghanistan in 2012 and the CENTCOM trauma system assessment in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2018.
Prior to joining JTS, Col Shackelford led education and training for the Air Force's premiere trauma training platform, Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills, University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. She served as president of the Excelsior Society 2017-2018 and works integrally with the American College of Surgeons as the Region Chief for the US Military, Canadian Military and Veterans Affairs to the Committee on Trauma.
Col Shackelford was commissioned through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1989 and attended medical school at Tulane University, general surgery residency at the University of Utah, and trauma fellowship at the University of Southern California/Los Angeles County. Upon entering active duty, she completed Air Command and Staff College and Air War College and served as Deputy Chief of Medical Staff and Surgical Flight Commander.
Mary Ann Spott PhD, MPA, MSIS, MBA, RHIA
Deputy Chief, Joint Trauma System
Dr. Mary Ann Spott joined the Joint Trauma System in 2006 to lead the establishment of the DoD's first and only trauma system and trauma patient registry. Dr. Spott was responsible for developing the strategic vision for trauma operations across the DoD and was instrumental in building the trauma system from the ground up. As the Deputy Chief, Dr. Spott manages all aspects of the JTS and DoD Trauma Registry and its integrated clinical registries and databases. The U.S. Secretary of Defense awarded Distinguished Civilian Award (DCS) to Dr. Spott in Dec 2016 for her outstanding work at the JTS. The DCS Award is the highest recognition the DoD can award an employee, and it is presented to a small number of civilian employees whose careers reflect exceptional devotion to duty and significant contributions of broad scope of policy, scientific, technical or administrative fields that increase effectiveness and efficiency.
As Deputy Chief, Dr. Spott is the principal Health Informatics Officer and Registered Health Information Administrator by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Dr. Spott was awarded the first ever AHIMA e-HIM award for her contributions to the development and implementation of an outcomes and performance improvement software application that is now used in many trauma centers across the United States.
Her current responsibilities include coordinating the JTS components across the continuum of care which include prevention, pre-hospital, education, leadership and communication, quality assurance/performance improvement, research and information systems, including the DoD Trauma Registry. She also participates as a subject matter expert for the NATO trauma registry project.
Prior to her leadership at the JTS, she was the Associate Director for Management Information Systems and Trauma Registry at Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation and worked at the State Health Data Center, Division of Health Statistics and Research and Pennsylvania Cancer Registry.
Dr. Spott received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Scranton and a Master's in Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University where she completed her Master of Science in Information Systems. She also received a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University as well as a certificate in Economic Development. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Health Record Administration from York College. Dr. Spott graduated from the Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Business Senior Executives Fellows Program in March 2010. In 2015, she earned her doctoral degree in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.