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Dr. Scott Haldeman, Founder

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Scott Haldeman, DC, MD, PhD, President of WSC

World Spine Care was founded by Dr. Scott Haldeman, who recognized the enormous burden of spinal disorders and the profound gap in delivery of effective spine care around the world. Most do not need to be introduced to Scott. His contributions to the world of spine care and chiropractic cannot be overstated. World Spine Care is the largest undertaking that he has launched in his entire career. 

He is the only person who is capable of bringing together all the stakeholders in the spine care world to collaborate in creating a solution to spinal problems.

Scott has had a tremendous impact on evidence-based spine care for all clinicians.

Scott Haldeman DC, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), FCCS(C), FAAN holds the positions of Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurology, University of California, Irvine; Visiting Professor, Southern California University of Health Sciences; and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences Ontario Tech University.

He is a graduate of the University of Pretoria, South Africa (B.Sc. M.Sc), the Palmer College of Chiropractic, USA (DC), and the University of British Columbia, Canada (Ph.D., M.D.) He completed his internship at the Vancouver General Hospital, residency in Neurology at the University of California Irvine and fellowship in electrodiagnosis at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital.

He is Past President of the North American Spine Society, the American Back Society, and the North American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. He served on the Executive Council of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. He was appointed International Ambassador for the Decade of the Bone and Joint.

He is the founder and currently serves as President of World Spine Care, a non-profit organization endorsed by the Decade of the Bone and Joint, an initiative of the WHO. This Foundation has the goal of helping people in underserved regions of the world who suffer from spinal disorders.

He currently chairs the Global Spine Care Initiative to develop evidence-informed, practical, and sustainable, spine health care models for communities around the world.

He has served on the editorial boards of eight professional and scientific journals. He has published over 240 articles or book chapters and has authored or edited 8 textbooks.

He is certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the American Board of Electroencephalography and Neurophysiology, and the American Board of Clinical Physiology.

He served on the US Department of Health AHCPR Clinical Guidelines Committee on Acute Low Back Problems in Adults as well as 4 other Clinical Guidelines Committees.

He presided over The Bone and Joint Decade 2000 to 2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders. He served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and is Chairman Emeritus of the Research Council of the World Federation of Chiropractic.

He was awarded the David Selby Award by the North American Spine Society, the Patenge Distinguished Lecturer Award from Michigan State University, an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the Southern California University of Health Sciences. In 2015 he received the Bone and Joint Decade Global Alliance Distinguished Service Award. In 2018 he received the Dr. Lou Sportelli Lifetime of Leadership Award.

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