House Judiciary Committee calls for another hearing to assess football-related brain injuries

“This hearing will give us a chance to assess what improvements have been made and obtain the firsthand testimony of key experts such as Dr. Casson”


Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee John Conyers has called for another hearing on brain injuries in football to be held on Monday, January 4.

The New York Times reported that the NFL announced major changes to its concussion protocol following the previous hearing on the matter, on October 28, and that it's likely this session will focus on college, high school and youth levels of football. Dr. Ira Casson, the former co-chairman of the NFL's committee on concussions, is one of the primary witnesses expected to testify. Said Conyers, “This hearing will give us a chance to assess what improvements have been made and obtain the firsthand testimony of key experts such as Dr. Casson," who did not testify at the prior hearing.

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Joseph Manzo, Brain-Pad Inc.

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Dr. Vernon Williams, neurologist, Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic

Dr. Williams is a board-certified neurologist with an interventional and multidisciplinary sub-specialty in Pain Management.

Dr. Williams earned his medical degree in 1992 at the University of Michigan as a member of its prestigious Inteflex accelerated medical program. His neurology residency training at the University of Maryland was followed by a pain fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.

Since 1998, Dr. Williams has directed the Neurology and Pain Management Services with the world-renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. He is a consultant to multiple area professional, college, and high school sports teams including the Los Angeles Kings, Galaxy, Lakers, Avengers and Dodgers, the Anaheim Ducks and Angels, as well as Loyola University.

Dr. Williams’ primary areas of expertise include: Sports neurology, concussion, headache, and pain management. He serves on the Pain Section board of the American Academy of Neurology and actively educates physicians, community groups and the lay public through local and national lectures, publications, and as a print and television media consultant.

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