NCAA Names Chief Medical Officer, Who Has Experience in Concussion Area

The NCAA has named Dr. Brian Hainline as its first chief medical officer.

Hainline, who currently serves as chief medical officer of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), will begin his new position in January 2013, according to NCAA President Mark Emmert.

“The NCAA was founded on the commitment to protect and enhance the health and well-being of student-athletes, and Dr. Hainline will elevate that commitment for the Association,” Emmert said.

One area of commitment will be concussions. Hainline currently serves as a director on a non-profit entity called the Seeing Stars Foundation, which is devoted to sports-related concussion awareness. He also served as an investigator in the “Retired NFL Player Concussion Study.”

Hainline’s overall responsibility at the NCAA will be to create a Center of Excellence at the NCAA, which will function as “a national resource to provide safety, health and medical expertise and research for physicians and athletic trainers.” He also will oversee all student-athlete health and safety initiatives and coordinate with the NCAA’s main sports medicine panel, the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.

Hainline said in a statement that the NCAA is uniquely positioned nationally to build bridges across the country and deliver a powerful message about the overall wellness of student-athletes.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to emphasize that our first and foremost obligation is to student-athletes,” Hainline said. “I see my position as being devoted to doing everything possible to strengthen the health, safety and well-being of all student-athletes.

“Our collective goal is nothing short of a societal shift—for our country to think about the health and well-being for student-athletes from grade school to high school, to college and beyond.”

Hainline is also chief of neurology and integrative pain medicine at ProHEALTH Care Associates in Lake Success, N.Y. He also holds an appointment as a clinical associate professor of neurology at New York University School of Medicine. He has served as the chief medical officer for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships from 1992 to 2007 and was appointed chief medical officer of the USTA in 2008.

Hainline has a background as a student athlete. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Notre Dame, where he was the team’s No. 1 singles and doubles player his senior year. He went on to earn his medical degree at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency in neurology at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.

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