NFL names first chief medical advisor

New York, NY ( – The National Football League has hired its
first chief medical advisor, naming Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel to the position.

Dr. Nabel will work directly with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, providing
strategic input to the league’s medical, health and scientific efforts. She
will also serve on each of the NFL’s medical committees and will help the
league identify areas to enhance player safety, care and treatment.

“We are excited to have Dr. Nabel’s insight as we continually seek ways to
make our game better and safer,” said Goodell in a statement Monday. “The game
is safer than it has ever been, but not as safe as it will be with advisors
like Dr. Nabel providing expertise.”

Dr. Nabel will continue to serve as president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital
and as a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. A cardiologist and
distinguished biomedical researcher, she formerly served as Director of the
U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the U.S. National Institutes
of Health.