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Palmer College

ACA honors Drs. Christine Goertz and Dennis Marchiori

From left, ACA President Dr. Keith Overland, Dr. Goertz’s daughter, Sarah Hegetschweiler, Dr. Christine Goertz, and ACA immediate Past President Dr. Rick McMichael.
Dr. Keith Overland, Sarah Hegetschweiler, Dr. Christine Goertz, and Dr. Rick McMichael stand together

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) presented its 2012 awards during its House of Delegates meeting Feb. 15-19 in Washington, D.C. ACA’s annual awards “are given to outstanding volunteer members and other individuals for their contributions to advancing the chiropractic profession.”

The ACA’s highest honor, the Chiropractor of the Year Award, was presented to Palmer’s Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D. With this award, the ACA recognizes exceptional service, achievement and/or leadership to the profession.

Dr. Goertz, an accomplished researcher and college administrator, exhibits all of these qualities and more. She is the only Doctor of Chiropractic appointed to the Board of Governors of the Patient- Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a multi-disciplinary panel created to assist federal healthcare reform efforts by examining the relative health outcomes, clinical effectiveness and appropriateness of various healthcare treatments. Dr. Goertz oversees the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research and is principal investigator of several clinical trials. She is a co-principal investigator of the $7.4 million Department of Defense research project to assess chiropractic treatment for military readiness in active-duty personnel.

Additionally, the ACA named Palmer Chancellor Dr. Dennis Marchiori its Academic of the Year. Dr. Marchiori became Palmer’s fourth chancellor in 2009, and his leadership has focused on organizational development and an organizational commitment to the College’s teaching, patient care and research mission.

He has had faculty appointments in the Research, and Diagnosis and Radiology departments. Dr. Marchiori’s administrative tenure includes the roles of department chair, dean, vice president of Academic Affairs for the Davenport Campus, and vice chancellor for Academics for the College. In addition to his teaching and administrative service, he has published numerous scientific articles and two editions of a comprehensive textbook in radiology, titled “Clinical Imaging.”

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