Redskins Hire First Female Head Physician in NFL History

Redskins Hire First Female Head Physician in NFL History

The Washington Redskins made a ground breaking move this week when the team hired Dr. Robin West, making her the first female head physician in the history of the NFL.

At the press conference announcing Dr. West, who is also the Washington Nationals head physician, West said,”I’m excited to be to joining the Redskins’ medical team and helping to provide the highest quality medical care, where we focus to improve performance, decrease injuries and provide immediate access to an elite group of medical specialists. I look forward to helping athletes on the field and being involved in community outreach and initiatives with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.”

The Redskins released the following statement:

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. — The Washington Redskins are pleased to announce the addition of Robin West, MD as Director of Sports Medicine.

Dr. West is a board-certified orthopedics and sports medicine surgeon and serves as the Medical Director of Inova Sports Medicine. She joined Inova Medical Group in 2014 as the Chairman of the Sports Medicine Institute, where she directs the clinical, strategic, administrative and academic affairs of the program.  With more than 14 years of clinical experience and as an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh, she has a special interest in the prevention and management of all athletic injuries.

Dr. West currently serves as the Lead Team Physician for the Washington Nationals.  Prior to joining Inova, she served as team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the University of Pittsburgh athletic department and Carnegie Mellon University.

“We are continually committed to providing our players with the best possible health care and it starts with finding the finest physicians available,” Redskins President Bruce Allen said. “Dr. West’s unique experience dealing with professional and amateur athletes makes her expertise extremely rare and we are glad to add her to our team.”

“I’m excited to be to joining the Redskins’ medical team and helping to provide the highest quality medical care, where we focus to improve performance, decrease injuries and provide immediate access to an elite group of medical specialists,” Dr. West said. “I look forward to helping athletes on the field and being involved in community outreach and initiatives with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.”

The Redskins Charitable Foundation is ever-present in the community, constantly working to make a positive and measurable impact in the lives of children that need it most. With a focus on education, children’s health and wellness and preparing them for their future, Dr. West will support successful programs like the “High School Coaches Clinic” and sports physicals for school-aged children.

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