Thom Mayer, MD, FACEP, FAAP, FACHE (Video Available)

Speaker: Thom Mayer, Medical Director at NFL Players Association


Talk Title: Beyond Touchdowns: How the NFLPA's Drive to Player Safety and Improved Outcomes Offers a Blueprint for Health System Scale Progress

Dr. Mayer is the Medical Director for the NFL Players Association, Executive Vice President of Leadership for LogixHealth, Founder of BestPractices, Inc., Speaker for Executive Speakers Bureau, and Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University and Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University. He was named the 2018 winner of the James D. Mills Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine Award, which is the highest honor of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He was recently nominated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. USA Today named him one of the “100 Most Important People in the NFL.”

 Dr. Mayer is one of the most widely sought speakers on leading in times of crisis, patient experience, hardwiring flow, trauma and emergency care, pediatric emergency care, EMS/disaster medicine, and sports medicine. His work in each of these areas has resulted in changing the very fabric of patient care.  

In 2022, Dr. Mayer helped lead a mobile team to Ukraine. On September 11, 2001 Dr. Mayer served as the Command Physicians at the Pentagon Rescue Operation and has served on 3 Defense Science Board Task Forces, advising the Secretary of Defense. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, over 200 book chapters, and has edited or written 25 textbooks.

In sports medicine, Dr Mayer has been at the forefront of changing concussion diagnosis and management in the NFL has changed the way in which these athletes are diagnosed and treated. Dr. Mayer was the originator of the entire NFL Concussion Guidelines program, and thus has changed the nature of concussion diagnosis and management world-wide.  He gives many examples of his NFL experiences in his talks.