Mission

The NFL General Medical Committee is composed of independent and NFL-affiliated medical professionals and focuses on medical issues relevant to the health and safety of active NFL players.


Goals

  • Advise the NFL on medical policies, procedures and protocols
  • Determine and advise the NFL on medical best practices
  • Identify and recommend medical research that impacts the health and safety of active
    NFL players
  • Oversee research when requested by the NFL

Areas of Focus

Behavioral Health
Cardiovascular

Cardiomyopathy, valvular cardiac diseases and arrhythmias that are relevant to professional football players

Hypertension and pre-hypertension

Sleep disordered breathing

Environmental

Heat injury—evaluation, treatment and prevention of heat stroke

Cold injury

Infectious Disease

Infections—treatment and prevention

Pain Management

Miscellaneous

The committee responds to medical topics as needed


Membership

  • Dr. Andrew Tucker (Chairman)
  • Dr. Deverick Anderson (Infectious Disease)
  • Rick Burkholder (President, Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society)
  • Dr. Doug Casa (Environmental Medicine)
  • Dr. Rob Heyer (President, NFL Physicians Society)
  • Dwight Hollier (Mental Health)
  • Dr. Patrick Strollo (Sleep Medicine)
  • Dr. Robert Vogel (Cardiovascular)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Nabel (Ex-Officio)
  • Dr. Thom Mayer (NFL Players Association)