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NFL hires a new chief medical officer, a neurosurgeon

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The NFL has hired a new top doctor to help with their concussion issue. And this time, he’s not a rheumatologist.

The league announced they had hired Dr. Allen Sills as their chief medical officer, a new full-time position they’ve created.

Sills was most recently a professor of neurological surgery, orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation at Vanderbilt, and was the founder and co-director of the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center.

“There is no higher priority for the NFL than player health and safety and we continually seek to raise our standards and then surpass them,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in their release. “We sought a highly-credentialed physician and leader with experience as a clinician and researcher, and Dr. Sills’ extensive experience caring for athletes makes him the right choice for this important position.”

Regardless Sills’ resume, which is extensive and impressive, that’s a long way from the league hiring Jets team doctor Elliott Pellman, the rheumatologist and Paul Tagliabue’s personal physician they put in charge of the league’s concussion committee. Pellman has since been nudged into retirement.

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14 Responses to “NFL hires a new chief medical officer, a neurosurgeon”
  1. j0esixpack says: Mar 26, 2017 6:28 PM

    This is the same Commissioner who many feel attempted to buy off the National Institute of Health’s concussion study

    Anyone Goodell hires is automatically suspect

    No offense to the good doctor, but those are the facts when you work for a Commissioner who everyone knows lacks integrity

  2. MichaelEdits says: Mar 26, 2017 6:49 PM

    I figured they’d hire an orthodontist or a veterinarian.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 26, 2017 6:54 PM

    Al will be given the thankless task of trying to detect signs of neural activity in NFL players.

  4. hamlet423 says: Mar 26, 2017 7:01 PM

    Looking at his info, he is a neurosurgeon by training, not a neurologist.

    May want to update the title.

  5. jchipwood says: Mar 26, 2017 7:07 PM

    Remember when patriot fans use to love Goodell? You know when he was hanging with Kraft at his house? Then Goodell had to punish them for cheating because another team caught them….not Goodell or the NFL so he couldn’t sweep it under the rug.

  6. rootpain says: Mar 26, 2017 7:40 PM

    MichaelEdits says:
    Mar 26, 2017 6:49 PM
    I figured they’d hire an orthodontist or a veterinarian.
    ———————————————–
    Well the latter certainly makes sense based on the number of times Goodell has acted like a pig.

  7. tonebones says: Mar 26, 2017 8:05 PM

    Some fans want longer overtime rules, and other want to protect the players’ health. We’re all mixed up. The NFL, under the brilliant leadership of Roger Goodell, has never been better, never been more popular, never been safer, and never been more profitable for the players and owners. People get hurt on the job every day. Lots of aging women across our country are coming down with a lot of these same brain issues. I don’t recall any women playing in the NFL. Even if the NFL is much safer than a lot of professions that don’t pay nearly as much, Roger Goodell is just a great human being who looks after the players like they’re his own children.

  8. dawoger says: Mar 26, 2017 8:09 PM

    I was reported a couple weeks ago that med schools that specialize in training neurologist and neurosurgeons will no longer accept the cadavers of minisoda skoltroll.

  9. bmacwillconn says: Mar 26, 2017 8:12 PM

    Goodell only does what the owners tell him to do. He’s a human pinata that they pay an enormous amount of money to take the criticism and blame for their own selfish, callous, greedy actions. While he does seem to make some bad decisions when left to his own devices, much of the anger NFL fans direct towards him personally, should also go to the dark forces who pull his puppet strings from behind the curtain.

  10. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 26, 2017 8:28 PM

    Roger Goodell is just a great human being who looks after the players like they’re his own children.
    ————
    That’s sarcasm, right?

  11. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 26, 2017 8:40 PM

    With their history of lies on top of lies coming from the Liars Club at NFL HQ, absolutely nothing they claim is to be believed.

    and …

    A real commissioner acts like a real commissioner (i.e., the betterment of the game for all) rather than a puppet for only his “masters”. Goodell’s refusal to act like a real commissioner is why NFL fans everywhere (deservedly) treat him like a pinata.

  12. cobrala2 says: Mar 26, 2017 8:48 PM

    Didn’t they JUST hire a new guy in the past 12 months???

  13. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Mar 27, 2017 8:43 AM

    “There is no higher priority for the NFL than player health and safety and we continually seek to raise our standards and then surpass them,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in their release.

    “That’s why we changed all the rules to allow for more high speed impacts between wide receivers and linebackers and safeties. Because our new fans only care about some fantasy game they play, and to play there have to be points to score. So our highest priority is to give them points…..”

  14. factschecker says: Mar 27, 2017 8:45 AM

    Hi Everybody!

    -Dr. Nick Riviera

    The Simpsons.

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