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NCAA hires first chief medical officer

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 8:22 am

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has hired its first chief medical officer.

Dr. Brian Hainline currently serves as the CMO for the United States Tennis Association and will join the NCAA in January. He calls his new job "an extraordinary opportunity to emphasize that our first and foremost obligation is to student-athletes."

Hainline played tennis for Notre Dame and served as the chief medical officer for the U.S. Open tennis tournament for 15 years. He is the chief of neurology and integrative pain medicine at a practice in New York.

NCAA President Mark Emmert says Hainline's experience makes him the best choice for the new position.

The NCAA announced the hiring on Monday.