The Washington Redskins made Dr. Robin West the first head female physician in the NFL on Wednesday.
The Redskins announced that West is the team's new director of sports medicine. She's also the lead physician for the Washington Nationals, the only woman to hold that distinction in Major League Baseball.
Bell is no stranger to the NFL, having worked as a team physician with the Pittsburgh Steelers for 11 years.
At an introductory news conference, Bell said she believes football is as safe as it has ever been, citing the use of injury spotters at games and the unaffiliated neurological consultants who work with the league on injury assessments.
"We have a lot of eyes on the field looking and all the research," West said. "The NFL puts tens of millions into concussion research as well as the technology behind preventing head injuries."
West is a orthopedist and sports medicine surgeon. She will work with noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, a team consultant.
"We are continually committed to providing our players with the best possible health care and it starts with finding the finest physicians available," Redskins president Bruce Allen said. "Dr. West's unique experience dealing with professional and amateur athletes makes her expertise extremely rare and we are glad to add her to our team."