Dr. Kutner is currently in his 29th year as the team Neuropsychologist for the New York Giants. He developed many of the concussion management protocols in the league, including sideline assessment, computerized testing in sports, and most recently the current NFL protocol utilizing both traditional one-to-one assessment and computerized testing. He continues to run the baseline and post-injury Neuropsychological concussion program for the New York Giants.
Dr. Kutner was directly involved in the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) case in which the Will Smith movie “Concussion” is based on. He was one of five world experts selected by the prestigious journal Neurosurgery to review and determine whether Dr. Omalu’s single-case study should be published.
He recommended the study be accepted and his review was published along with the article. Dr. Kutner continues to review current submitted research articles on CTE for Neurosurgery journals.
PROFESSIONAL SPORTS CONCUSSION CARE:
Dr. Kutner is a nationally recognized concussion expert who examines athletes from the NFL, NHL, MBA, and professional boxing. He also works with collegiate and high school athletes. Evaluations focus on determining when it's safe to return-to-play in the same season. Dr. Kutner understands the importance of maximizing career playing time, while protecting the safety and long-term health of the player.
New York Giant and Hall of Famer, Harry Carson, explains in his book, “Captain for Life: My Story as a Hall of Fame Linebacker,” how Dr. Kutner was the doctor who diagnosed him with Post-Concussion Syndrome. In 1990, two years after he retired, Carson sought Dr. Kutner for Neuropsychological testing. Dr. Kutner continues to see retired NFL players who are seeking determination if they have effects of repetitive head injury from their playing days.
Dr. Kutner is Clinical Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology in the Neurological Surgery Department at Weill Cornell Medicine-Cornell University. He has been at Weill Cornell Medicine for over two decades where he trains residents in concussion management and is involved in seminal research on sports-related traumatic brain injury. In 2014, he was a Course Director and presenter at Weill Cornell’s conference on Sports-Related Head Trauma. He was the lead author on the study identifying neurogenetic factors (APOE-4) in NFL players, which was published in Neurosurgery. He was also one of the principal investigators of a 6-year study measuring effects of head trauma in active NFL players. This study was published in 2019 in the Journal of Neurosurgery.