US Football League taps 1st chief medical officer

The United States Football League has added Jim Ellis, MD, as its first chief medical officer, according to a Dec. 14 report from Fox Sports. The announcement comes as the USFL, a professional American football minor league, is heading into its second season. 

In the role, Dr. Ellis will lead player health and safety, identify new medical partnerships and collaborate with athletic staff and medical advisors across the league. 

Dr. Ellis joins USFL from the NFL, where he will continue to work as a consultant. He has also helped support sports programs, including at  the Olympics, Atlanta Motor Speedway and the FIFA Women's World Cup. 

He also served as an emergency physician for the Atlanta Falcons for 13 seasons.

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