Northwestern President named to world health leadership role

Rob Karwath | August 31, 2016

Northwestern President Chris Cassirer has been named Chair of the Public Health Committee of the World Federation of Chiropractic, which promotes global health and wellness.

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 spinal health and wellness worldwide.

Cassirer, 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, non-governmental organization that has been in official relations with the World Health Organization since 1997. Northwestern celebrated its 75th anniversary this year. Along with chiropractic, it offers degree and certification programs in acupuncture, massage therapy and nutrition.

Federation 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.”

Federation Secretary-General 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 these initiatives that will support chiropractors and the patients they serve.”

Northwestern, based in Bloomington, Minn., provides world-class professional education and research as well as comprehensive health and wellness services. Its more than 130 faculty members annually teach about 6,500 students pursuing degrees and continuing education in accredited programs in chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, nutrition and other health treatments. The university has more than 7,500 graduates throughout the U.S. and in 21 countries.

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