His research on football-related brain injuries has been covered by national magazines and newspapers and his opinion has been sought by Congress. He has been honored as one of the best US surgeons for eight straight years in US News and World Report’s America’s Best Doctors and in his capacity as co-founder of the Brain Injury Research Institute Dr. Bailes conducts research that will help prevent and treat brain trauma and its long-lasting degenerative consequences.
He is the former team physician of the Pittsburgh Steelers and has been a team physician in either the NFL or NCAA Division 1 for more than 20 years. Since 1992, he has been a neurological consultant to the NFL Players’ Association which has supported his research on the effects of head injuries on professional athletes.
In 2002, in conjunction with neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, Dr. Bailes helped to identify the first clinical evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy a neurological disorder classified by cognitive deterioration with symptoms that can include mood swings, failure in executive functions, psychotic problems, memory disturbance, dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
He has authored more than 100 scientific publications on various aspects of neurological surgery including three books on neurological sports medicine.
Dr. Bailes received his medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed neurosurgical residency at Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago and a fellowship at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.
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