- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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The New England Patriots will have a new medical director in 2014, announcing Thursday that team doctor Thomas Gill is being replaced by Matt Provencher.
The change is tied to Gill's recent resignation as chief of sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital to focus on his private practice. The Patriots have always had the chief of sports medicine at MGH serve as their medical director, and that is now Provencher's position.
The timing of the change comes as many players will be returning to the team's offseason program on April 21.
The Patriots issued the following statement on Thursday:
“After well over a decade of service with the New England Patriots, Dr. Thomas Gill has stepped down as the chief of sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Sports Medicine to focus on his private practice which will subsequently end his tenure as medical director with the team. We have always had the chief of sports medicine at MGH serve as the team’s medical director and will continue to work with MGH to provide those services. We greatly appreciate the many years of dedicated service and innovation that Dr. Gill provided our team and wish him well in the future. We will continue to work with MGH Sports Medicine to provide our medical services and look forward to receiving the level of care and expertise that MGH has been providing the New England Patriots since our team’s inception. Dr. Matt Provencher is the new chief of sports medicine at MGH and will become the team’s new medical director.”