The Cleveland Browns named James Voos, M.D., their new head physician on Thursday afternoon.
Voos, an orthopedic surgeon in his sixth year in the NFL, will head up the Browns' team of medical specialists, manage the team's health-care needs and be in constant communication with head athletic trainer Joe Sheehan in order to provide the most comprehensive care to the organization.
"I am excited for the opportunity to serve the Cleveland Browns' organization," Dr. Voos said in a release from the team. "The safety and wellness of the players is the primary goal of our medical team. Our vision is to provide the players and the community with high-quality and innovative healthcare with University Hospitals."
Voos, a top graduate in the University of Kansas' medical school in 2004, spent the last three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, the previous two with the New York Giants and has more than a decade of experience working with athletes at all levels of sport.
"As a former NFL player, I have a special understanding of a medical staff's significance and impact," Browns GM Ray Farmer said in the statement. "Especially knowing Dr. Voos' reputation with the Chiefs, I'm confident this staff, working in conjunction with Joe Sheehan and his staff, will be a strong addition to our team's overall health and well-being, on and off the field. Personally and professionally, I'm excited for the opportunity to work with Dr. Voos."
As part of being selected as the Browns' head team physician, Voos has also been named the medical director of University Hospitals' sports medicine division. The position is a part of the Browns' joint partnership with University Hospitals to develop a sports-medical team that addresses all needs of the modern-day athlete.
The program is designed to combine clinical and scientific research "to enhance player performance, injury prevention and overall health and fitness.""We are extremely pleased to have completed an extensive national search to bring to both the Browns players, and to Cleveland, a highly skilled and accomplished orthopedic surgeon who has spent his career dedicated to professional athletes," said Fred C. Rothstein, M.D., President of University Hospitals Case Medical Center. "James will also play a significant role in further developing what will become a nationally recognized sports medicine program for athletes and patients throughout Northeast Ohio."
Sheehan added, "We are extremely excited to have Dr. Voos lead our medical team. We look forward to working closely with Dr. Voos and the entire team of physicians within the University Hospitals Health System as we continue to innovate and provide a state-of-the-art, comprehensive approach to care for our athletes."