The NFL has announced two new co-chairs for the league’s Head, Neck, and Spine Medical Committee.
They are Dr. Hunt Batjer of Northwestern University and Mr. Richard Ellenbogen of the University of Washington. Dr. Mitchel Berger of the University of California, San Francisco will serve on the Committee.
“In our ongoing commitment to the health, safety and well-being of our players, we conducted an extensive search to find the new leaders of our committee and we are extremely pleased that Dr. Batjer and Dr. Ellenbogen have agreed to lead the team,” Commissioner Goodell said in a release. “Along with Dr. Berger, these doctors are renowned experts in the field of head and spine injury and they will strengthen our leadership role in research, education, prevention, and treatment of these injuries in sports. I personally interviewed all three doctors and was enormously impressed by their knowledge, experience, and passion for working with us.”
The co-chairmen will determine the composition of the rest of the Committee; in January, University of Michigan neurologist Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher and former NFL player Merril Hoge were added to the Committee.