Scottish FA Pays Tribute To Medical Advisor
Tue 22nd Jul 2014 | Football Governance
The Scottish FA today paid tribute to Professor Stewart Hillis OBE, who died last night after a short illness.
Professor Hillis, Scottish FA medical advisor and Emeritus Professor of Cardiovascular and Exercise Medicine at Glasgow University, was involved with the Association for almost 40 years. In that time, he was involved in an unprecedented 228 A squad matches, and was among the longest serving medics in international football.
He has also served with disctinction as vice-chairman of the UEFA Medical Committee and medical advisor to world football's governing body, FIFA.
Campbell Ogilvie, Scottish FA President, paid his respects to Hillis, stating, “I have had the pleasure of knowing Stewart for almost 40 years and consider him a man of great knowledge, experience and wisdom.
"He was a medic of the highest standards and we are all fortunate that he brought those standards to the Scottish FA during his time as international team doctor and medical director and advisor.
“As well as his professional capabilities, he was also terrific company and I know that his personality, sense of humour and repartee were as essential to many Scotland national teams under many national coaches as his medical expertise.
“My thoughts go to his family: his wife, Anne, his sons Andrew, Ally, Iain and daughter Sara. He will be sadly missed by his many friends at the Scottish FA and throughout the football world.”
Professor Hillis’s long association with the national teams began in 1976, when he became the under-21 team doctor, and he was elevated to the A team immediately after the FIFA World Cup in Spain in 1982. Professor Hillis, 70, was also club doctor for Clydebank Football Club for 27 years and enjoyed a spell at Rangers.
Current Scotland national coach, Gordon Strachan, added, “He was great company and was hugely respected in his job. There’s nothing more you can ask of your team doctor but 'The Prof' always lit up the room with his personality. As a player you loved having him around and as a manager you could always rely on his advice.”
Dr John MacLean, Chief Executive of Hampden Park Sports Medicine Centre and International Team Doctor, added, “I have lost a friend and a mentor. I have had the privilege of working with him and learning from him, both in my university days and during my own time with the Scottish FA.
“He was integral to the creation of the Sports Medicine Centre at Hampden Park, which was the first of its kind when the stadium was redeveloped, and he championed hard and successfully for the introduction of anti-doping and heart screening into Scottish football.”
Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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