Julian E. Bailes, Jr. M.D. is the Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem, Co-Director of the NorthShore Neurological Institute, and a Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.Bailes is a founding member and director of the Brain Injury Research Institute, which focuses on the study of traumatic brain injuries and their prevention.His research has been instrumental in the understanding of the clinical evidence of Chronic, Traumatic Encephalopathy, a progressive, degenerative disease found in individuals who have been subjected to multiple concussions or sub-concussive blows.He is chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for Pop Warner football nationwide and is a director the NFL Players Association second opinion network.After he left New Orleans, he initiated work on a peripheral nerve publication that Kline helped review."He has published more than 170 scientific publications concerning various aspects of neurological surgery and is an editor for a number of medical journals.
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Department of Neurosurgery
The founding members of the XFL's health advisory committee are Dr. Julian Bailes; Dr. Larry Lemak; and Dr. Claudia Reardon, representing the fields of neurosurgery, orthopedics and mental health, respectively. Wright, a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association for more than 30 years, will work with the health advisory committee to prepare and maintain the XFL's health, wellness and safety policies, procedures and protocols.
McNeill had been studied by UCLA researchers, including Omalu, after he was showing symptoms of the disease. Dr. Julian Bailes, who participated in the study, said the data could improve the potenial diagnosis of CTE in players while they are still alive. "The importance of this one today is that this is the first time to have a scan which shows brain degeneration of CTE in a living person and then to have that person die and it correlates with the autopsy," he said, according to ABC News. He said this individual study needs further research to verify the correlation between tau and CTE.