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Brian W. Hainline

Brian W. Hainline, MD

Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology

integrative pain medicine, concussion, sports neurology, mental health

Brian Hainline, MD, is Chief Medical Officer of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Adjunct Clinical Professor of Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine, and Clinical Professor of Neurology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. As the NCAA’s first Chief Medical Officer, Brian oversees the NCAA Sport Science Institute, a national center of excellence whose mission is to promote and develop safety, excellence, and wellness in college student-athletes, and to foster life-long physical and mental development. The NCAA Sport Science Institute works collaboratively with member institutions and Centers of Excellence across the United States. For over 30 years, Brian has been actively involved in sports medicine. He co-authored Drugs and the Athlete, and played a pivotal role in the development of drug testing and education protocols worldwide. More recently he co-edited Sports Neurology, and co-authored Concussion: What Do I Do Now? He has served on the New York State Athletic Commission, the USOC Sports Medicine Committee, and was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Neurology Sports Neurology Section, where he currently serves as chair. Brian has played a pivotal role in the development of health and safety standards in tennis, both nationally and internationally. He was Chief Medical Officer of the US Open Tennis Championships for 16 years, and then served as Chief Medical Officer of the United States Tennis Association before moving to the NCAA. He is chair of the International Tennis Federation Sport Science & Medicine Commission, and oversaw the rollout of international wheelchair tennis competition, a sport for which he wrote the rules of eligibility for both para- and quad-tennis.


At the NCAA, Brian developed, in partnership with the Department of Defense, the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance CARE Consortium, which is a $100+ million study whose aim is to understand the natural history of concussion neurobiological recovery in concussion and repetitive head impact exposure. The clinical study, with an advanced research component, is the largest, prospective clinical study ever conducted in the history of concussion. The Grand Alliance also includes a Mind Matters educational and research initiative, whose goal is to change the culture of concussion. Brian has taken a leadership role in addressing other pressing issues of student-athletes, including mental health, overuse injuries, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual violence, and sudden cardiac death. Through a collaborative effort with key medical organizations, Brian has spear-headed task forces that have led to inter-association documents on concussion, independent medical care, year-round football practice contact, mental health, cardiovascular care, catastrophic injury and sexual violence. He has also developed key alliances with youth sport organizations, understanding that an effective sport model begins at youth and extends to college and beyond, with a premise that sport should be a model of wellness for life. He served as co-chair of two International Olympic Committee summits:  Pain Medicine in Elite Athletes; and Mental Health and Elite Athletes, both of which produced primary consensus papers and numerous sub-specialty papers.





Academic office

NCAA, PO Box 6222

Indianapolis, IN 46206

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MD from University of Chicago

Residency, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Neurology

Residency, University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics, Medical Internship

Mannes, Zachary L; Hasin, Deborah S; Martins, Silvia S; Gonçalves, Priscila D; Livne, Ofir; de Oliveira, Lucio G; de Andrade, Arthur G; McReynolds, Larkin S; McDuff, David; Hainline, Brian; Castaldelli-Maia, João M

Revista brasileira de psiquiatria. 2022 May-Jun; 44(3):289-297

Koontz, Jennifer Scott; Mountjoy, Margo; Abbott, Kristin E; Aron, Cindy Miller; Basile, Kathleen C; Carlson, Chad T; Chang, Cindy J; Diamond, Alex B; Dugan, Sheila A; Hainline, Brian; Herring, Stanley A; Hopkins, B Elliot; Joy, Elizabeth A; Judge, Janet P; LaBotz, Michele; Matuszak, Jason; McDavis, Cody J; Myers, Rebecca A; Nattiv, Aurelia; Tanji, Jeffrey L; Wagner, Jessica; Roberts, William O

British journal of sports medicine. 2021 Feb; 55(3):132-134

Gouttebarge, Vincent; Bindra, Abhinav; Blauwet, Cheri; Campriani, Niccolo; Currie, Alan; Engebretsen, Lars; Hainline, Brian; Kroshus, Emily; McDuff, David; Mountjoy, Margo; Purcell, Rosemary; Putukian, Margot; Reardon, Claudia L; Rice, Simon M; Budgett, Richard

British journal of sports medicine. 2021 Jan; 55(1):30-37

Verhagen, Evert; Clarsen, Benjamin; Capel-Davies, Jamie; Collins, Christy; Derman, Wayne; de Winter, Don; Dunn, Nicky; Ellenbecker, Todd S; Forde, Raymond; Hainline, Brian; Larkin, Jo; Reid, Machar; Renstrom, Per Afh; Stroia, Kathleen; Wolstenholme, Sue; Pluim, Babette M

British journal of sports medicine. 2021 Jan; 55(1):9-13

Daneshvar, Daniel H; Baugh, Christine M; Lama, Roberto D; Yutsis, Maya; Pea, Roy D; Goldman, Shelley; Grant, Gerald A; Cantu, Robert C; Sanders, Lee M; Zafonte, Ross D; Hainline, Brian; Sorcar, Piya

Neurotrauma reports. 2021 Feb; 2(1):581-591

Kroshus, Emily; Cameron, Kenneth L; Coatsworth, J Douglas; D'Lauro, Christopher; Kim, Eungjae; Lee, Katherine; Register-Mihalik, Johna K; Milroy, Jeffery J; Roetert, E Paul; Schmidt, Julianne D; Silverman, Ross D; Warmath, Dee; Wayment, Heidi A; Hainline, Brian

British journal of sports medicine. 2020 Nov; 54(22):1314-1320

Reardon, Claudia L; Bindra, Abhinav; Blauwet, Cheri; Budgett, Richard; Campriani, Niccolo; Currie, Alan; Gouttebarge, Vincent; McDuff, David; Mountjoy, Margo; Purcell, Rosemary; Putukian, Margot; Rice, Simon; Hainline, Brian

British journal of sports medicine. 2020 Sep 23;

Reardon, Claudia L; Hainline, Brian; Aron, Cindy Miller; Baron, David; Baum, Antonia L; Bindra, Abhinav; Budgett, Richard; Campriani, Niccolo; Castaldelli-Maia, João Mauricio; Currie, Alan; Derevensky, Jeffrey Lee; Glick, Ira D; Gorczynski, Paul; Gouttebarge, Vincent; Grandner, Michael A; Han, Doug Hyun; McDuff, David; Mountjoy, Margo; Polat, Aslihan; Purcell, Rosemary; Putukian, Margot; Rice, Simon M; Sills, Allen; Stull, Todd; Swartz, Leslie; Zhu, Li Jing; Engebretsen, Lars

British journal of sports medicine. 2020 Feb; 54(3):188-189