NFL Research and Innovation Committee


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


  • Advise the NFL on research proposal submissions from external sources
  • Identify and critically examine bodies of medical research that impact the health and safety of active NFL players
  • Oversee research when requested by the NFL and its collaborators
  • Analyze injury data and propose interventions
  • Advise the NFL with analyses of new technologies germane to NFL player health and safety

Areas of Focus

Orthopedic research

  • Diagnosis
  • Prevention
  • Treatment

Neurological research

  • Diagnosis
  • Prevention
  • Treatment

Internal/Sports Medicine research

  • Diagnosis
  • Prevention
  • Treatment


Dr. Matt Matava (Chairman, Research and Innovation Committee)

Dr. Richard Hinton (Vice Chairman, Research and Innovation Committee)

Geoff Baer

Dr. Rebecca Breslow

Dr. Michael Chicoine

Ron Courson

Dr. James DuBois (PhD)

Dr. Dallas Hack


Dr. Kurt Spindler

Dr. Kurt Spindler is the Vice Chairman of Research in the Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute, the Director of Orthopaedic Clinical Outcomes, and the Academic Director of Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. Dr. Spindler joined Cleveland Clinic after 23 years as Head Team Physician, Director of Sports Medicine, and Vice Chairman of Orthopaedics at Vanderbilt University. He focuses on knee ligament reconstruction, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and evaluation and treatment of sports musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Spindler earned his M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and remained at Penn to serve a General Surgery Internship, a year of Orthopaedic research and an Orthopaedic Surgery residency. He then completed a Sports Medicine/Orthopaedics fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation before going to Vanderbilt in 1991 as assistant professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. At Vanderbilt, he implemented the Multi-center Orthopaedic Outcomes Network (MOON), an evidence-based medicine effort he thought up during his fellowship. He also serves as grant reviewer for the NIH and chairman of the Grant Review Committee of the National Football League.

Tyler Williams