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Dr Chris Cassirer named as new Public Health Chair

August 31, 2016

Northwestern President appointed to lead WFC committee

TORONTO, Canada—The World Federation of Chiropractic has named Dr. Chris Cassirer, President and CEO of Northwestern Health Sciences University, as Chair of its Public Health Committee, which oversees efforts to promote health and wellness worldwide.
 
chris cassirerCassirer, 52, has been President and CEO of Northwestern since 2014. He holds a Doctor of Science Degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Public Health Degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from Rutgers University.
 
“I am honored to work with my colleagues at the Federation and to help advance chiropractic care globally,” Cassirer said. “At Northwestern, we educate our students to become leaders in an evolving health-care world, where chiropractic is recognized as playing a vital role in providing safe, economical, clinically effective, non-invasive patient care. I’m eager to begin working with the Federation and its global partners to offer a shared message of hope and healing around the world.”
 
Cassirer becomes the first non-chiropractor to receive such an appointment by the Federation, a non-profit organization advocates for the chiropractic profession worldwide and is a non-governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization.
 
WFC President Dr. Espen Johannessen said: “We are delighted to have someone of Dr. Cassirer’s caliber as the new Chair of the Public Health Committee. His experience and enthusiasm for the chiropractic profession will ensure that the profile of public health, as it relates to doctors of chiropractic, will be significantly elevated.”
 
Secretary-General Dr Richard Brown said Cassirer’s experience in public health and as an educator will help chiropractic increasingly be seen as an important part of an integrated approach to health care worldwide.
 
“With the agreed identity of chiropractors as spine-care experts in the health care system, the Federation is keen to intensify its participation in public health and wellness initiatives,” Brown said. “Dr. Cassirer’s stellar track record in public health means that the Federation can take a central role in delivering initiatives that will support chiropractors and the patients they serve.”
 
Founded in 1988, the WFC represents the chiropractic profession internationally. Its voting members are the national chiropractic associations of nearly 90 countries in 7 world regions. The WFC advocates for the highest standards of professional conduct, education and research. In advancing the chiropractic profession, its work centers on support, empowerment, promotion and unity of the chiropractic profession. Its head office is in Toronto, Canada.

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