Dr. Julian E. Bailes, MD is a founding member of the Brain Injury Research Institute and professor and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Bailes is a recognized leader in the field of neurosurgery and both the short and long-term impact of brain injury on cognitive function.
Dr. Bailes is the former team physician of the Pittsburgh Steelers and has been a team physician in either the NFL or NCAA Division I for 20 years. Since 1992, he has been a neurological consultant to the NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA), which has supported his research on the effects of head injuries on professional athletes. Famous actor Alec Baldwin played Dr. Bailes alongside Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu in the movie Concussion (2015), a sport/drama film based on true events. Dr. Bailes is the Medical Director of the Center for Study of Retired Athletes based at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.