In his 26th year with the New York Giants, Dr. Kutner has the longest standing tenure as a team Neuropsychologist in the NFL. He helped develop many of the concussion management protocols in the league, including sideline assessment, computerized testing in sports, and most recently the 2015-2016 NFL pilot 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.
Dr. Kutner recommended the study be accepted and his review was published along with the article. Following publication, a select group of NFL doctors contacted the editor requesting the journal retract the article and state that there was no evidence that repetitive head injury causes permanent brain injury. Dr. Kutner was selected by the editor to respond and stated in a published response that the article should not be retracted and that he stood by his initial published review for this seminal research.
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.
Former 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 — who at the time had not yet started working as a Neuropsychologist for the New York Giants. Dr. Kutner found that Carson suffered from Post-Concussion Syndrome due to multiple concussions and that his cognitive difficulties were likely to be permanent.
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 is currently a principal investigator of a 6-year study utilizing MRI-Diffusion Tensor Imaging to measure potential effects of head trauma in active NFL players. This study has been accepted for 2019 publication in the Journal of Neurosurgery.