Nabel NFL's 1st chief medical adviser

NEW YORK -- The NFL has hired Dr. Elizabeth Nabel as its first chief health and medical adviser.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said before the Super Bowl that the league would be hiring someone to oversee its medical policies. Nabel will work directly with Goodell.

She will participate on each of the NFL's medical advisory committees and identify areas where the league can enhance player safety and care.

Nabel is president of Brigham and Women's Hospital and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She will remain in those jobs.

A cardiologist and biomedical researcher, she formerly served as director of the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.