NFLPS Congratulates Nancy Gritter, M.D., Being Named Lead Internist for Carolina Panthers

Sep 26, 2018

September 26, 2018 (Charlotte, NC)— Nancy Gritter, M.D., started her new role as lead internist of the Carolina Panthers, making her the first woman to serve as the lead internist on a National Football League (NFL) team.

“On behalf of the NFLPS, I would like to congratulate Dr. Gritter on her new role. She has brought, and will continue to bring, extensive experience to the NFL Physicians Society,” said Dr. Leigh Ann Curl, President of the NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) and head team orthopedic surgeon for the Baltimore Ravens. “She has been a dedicated team physician for the Panthers over the years, serving as a great representation of the highest quality of doctors who are in the NFLPS.”

“Dr. Gritter combines professionalism, a strong work ethic, and a unique perspective on sports medicine,” said Dr. Robert A. Heyer, retiring as lead internist for the Carolina Panthers but continuing as a team physician.

Dr. Gritter has worked with the Carolina Panthers since 2005, when she performed her first consultation for a player. Dr. Gritter’s specialties include internal medicine and nephrology. She is board certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine in both internal medicine and Nephrology, and she completed her primary care sports medicine fellowship at Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC in 2018, which earned her the certificate of the added qualification in Sports Medicine.

Dr. Gritter attended medical school at Indiana University, and conducted her internship, residency and fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Robert A. Heyer, who has been the lead internist for the Panthers since the team’s inception in 1994, and is the immediate past president of the NFLPS, will continue to serve as a team physician, while Dr. Patrick M. Connor, orthopedic surgeon, will continue to serve as the head team physician.

About the NFL Physicians Society

The NFL Physicians Society was founded in 1966. Its mission is to provide excellence in the medical and surgical care of the athletes in the National Football League and to provide direction and support for the athletic trainers in charge of the care for these athletes. For more information, please visit

For use of the above photo of Dr. Gritter, please credit Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez/Carolina Panthers.