Dr. Tamara Brown is a board certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician who specializes in sports medicine. She also happens to be a former professional football player for the Kansas City Chiefs.
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In Kansas City, football player Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is also a doctor. He is one of only a few NFL players who have a medical degree, and he is the only active player who is also a practicing doctor. Duvernay-Tardif graduated from McGill University in Montreal in 2015 with his medical degree, and he began his residency in emergency medicine at McGill in 2016. He put his residency on hold in 2017 to focus on football, but he plans to return to it once he retires from the NFL.
His unique background
Mario Edwards Jr. is a professional football player for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He is also a certified doctor, having completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Edwards Jr. was born in Miami, Florida and attended Florida State University, where he played college football for the Seminoles. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He has also played for the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.
In addition to his career in professional football, Edwards Jr. has also worked as a doctor, completing his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He has said that he plans to continue working as a doctor once he retire from football.
His football career
Prior to being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Fisher worked as an anesthesiologist. He played college football at the University of Central Missouri, where he was a four-year starter at offensive tackle.
His medical career
Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first active NFL player to opt out of the 2020 season on Thursday, doing so in order to protect himself and others as he continues to work as an Emergency Department doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I cannot allow myself to potentially transmit the virus in our communities simply to play the sport that I love,” he wrote in a statement released by the team. “Protecting my loved ones and my teammates has always been paramount, but I now also have a responsibility to protect patients, medical trainees and staff.”
Duvernay-Tardif, who also goes by the initials “LDT,” was drafted by the Chiefs in 2014 after completing his medical studies at McGill University in Montreal. He has played in 60 games over six seasons with Kansas City, starting 42 of them.
His future goals
After playing football for a few years, Dr. Smith wants to go back to school and get his PhD in physics. He hopes to eventually work in a lab and do research on the science of football. In the meantime, he plans to continue playing football and working as a doctor.