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PHOENIX (AP) — The NFL has hired Dr. Allen Sills as its chief medical officer.

Sills, a neurosurgeon who has specialized in the treatment of athletes, will fill a new full-time position based in New York. He comes to the league from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he serves as professor of neurological surgery, orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation. He is the founder and co-director of the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center.

Sills, 52, will work with NFL team medical staffs, the NFL Players Association and its advisers, as well as experts on the league’s medical committees. He will guide the NFL’s health and research efforts and is expected to begin his new job in May, but will continue to be active at Vanderbilt.

“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,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Sunday at the league meetings.

A search panel included Dr. Betsy Nabel, chief health and medical adviser to the NFL and president of Brigham Health; Dr. Rob Heyer, president of the NFL physicians society and team internist for the Carolina Panthers; Ronnie Barnes, senior vice president of medical services and head athletic trainer for the New York Giants; Dr. Robert Cantu, clinical professor of neurosurgery and co-director of the center for the study of traumatic encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine; and…