Joseph Maroon, M.D. - WWE Medical Director
Joseph C. Maroon, MD, is the Medical Director for World Wrestling Entertainment. Dr. Maroon is a board-certified clinical professor of neurological surgery and Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is also the Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience. He is Team Neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a member of the NFL's MTBI Committee for concussion.
Working with neuropsychologist, Mark Lovell, PhD, he co-developed ImPACT(c) (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). ImPACT is the first computerized system to determine concussion severity and the timing for return to contact sports. It is now the standard of care for concussion management in the NFL, NHL, major league baseball, NASCAR and is used in over 2500 colleges and high schools in the United States. For over 20 years he has served as the neurosurgical consultant to professional and college athletes in football, baseball, golf, hockey and soccer, including the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He was honored by his peers when he was elected president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the largest society of neurosurgeons in North America. He has been honored by the neurosurgical societies of Japan, Korea, Thailand, Egypt, Brazil, Lebanon and China for his neurosurgical contributions.
Dr. Maroon is a member of the board of directors of Mylan Laboratories, the third largest generic drug manufacturer in the world and chairman of the scientific advisory board to the General Nutrition Corporation. Since 2008 he has been the Medical Director to the World Wrestling Entertainment Corp. (WWE). Also, in 2008 he was named senior vice president of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).
Honored as one of America's best neurosurgeons for 12 consecutive years, he has published four books, has written over 250 papers and 40 book chapters. His two most recent books include, Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-Inflammatory, published in 2006 and The Longevity Factor: How Resveratroland Red Wine Activate Genes for Longer and Healthier Life, released by Simon and Schuster in January of 2009.
Despite his busy professional schedule, Dr. Maroon remains an avid athlete and has competed in over 60 triathlon events. These include six Ironman distance triathlons (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 run) in Hawaii (1993, 2003 and 2008), Canada (1995), New Zealand (1997) and Europe (2000). He placed sixth in the Senior U.S. Olympics Triathlon in 2005.
In 1999 he, along with Joe Montana and Kareem Abdul Jabaar, was inducted into the Lou Holtz Ohio Valley Hall of Fame for his athletic accomplishments and contributions to sports medicine. On May 2, 2009 he was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. In April 2010 he will be inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in Chicago.