Browns Finally Changing Doctors

The Browns issues with doctors have been well talked about the past few seasons with staph infections and what not, and today Tony Grossi of the PD reported that the team is making a change in that department. Let’s hope the issues all stop, but we will see:

There’s a shake-up at the top of the Browns’ medical staff.

Dr. Anthony Miniaci is stepping aside as the head team physician to devote more time to the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health program, the Clinic said.

In a press release, the Clinic stated that Dr. Richard Figler, a primary care sports health physician, will replace Miniaci as the Browns’ head physician. Figler previously assisted Miniaci on Browns matters. Miniaci will have an affiliation with the Browns as “surgical consultant,” according to the Clinic.

Miniaci said: “Dr. Figler is a highly respected physician who has been working closely with me and the team over the years. Although I will miss the daily interaction with the players, I am looking forward to focusing my attention on taking the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health program to the next level.”

The Browns have not acknowledged the changes.

“We are finalizing our medical services agreement with the Clinic, but have nothing official to announce at this time,” Bill Bonsiewicz, vice president of communications, wrote in an e-mail.

Miniaci was recruited to Cleveland in 2003 to build the Clinic sports health program. He was named the Browns’ head team physician the same year, replacing Dr. John Bergfeld, who had served that role for 24 years.

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2 Responses to “Browns Finally Changing Doctors”

  1. Clayton says:

    Replacing the doctor is not the only thing required – you have to change the way the Team handles these situations from a PR and media relations perspective.

  2. ButchGavlen says:

    This is so much an individual thing brought into the group thing. All it takes is one player who has bad health habits or is a heavy carrier. I say heavy because these bugs are all around us everyday, everywhere. It’s comes down to an immune system thing, and once it breaks down the immune system you pretty much are susceptible to it and will re-infect very easily. This is a very big health problem throughout our society, and is starting to show up in places where large groups of people are, like schools, hospitals, sports. It really reflects a problem with our ability as a whole to resist bugs in general, due to a new rising problem; intestinal dysbiosis. Or our digestive systems are out of sinc from our diets and lack of enzymes and can’t fight the bugs. Your digestive trac is like 90 percent of the immune system, I think is the case.

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