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Breakthroughs and Barriers

Breakthroughs and Barriers

Gaining a seat at the health-care table
Spring/Summer 2015

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Insight from a VHA pioneer

Dr. Lisi received the ACA’s Academician of the Year award in February 2015.
Dr. Lisi holding plaque

In 2004, Anthony Lisi, D.C., San Jose ’96, became the first chiropractor appointed to the medical staff of the Veterans Administration’s Connecticut Healthcare System, where he developed processes for integrating hospital-based clinical services and interprofessional clinical education. In 2007, he was named the national chiropractic program director for VA, developing policy and overseeing all aspects of chiropractic practice in the nation’s largest integrated health-care system.

“Advancing interprofessional training opportunities is a key element to expand the quality and reach of our future D.C.s,” he says. “I’m fortunate to collaborate with outstanding colleagues in VA and chiropractic academic institutions. Together, we’re committed to improving the health of patients whom our trainees will ultimately serve.”

An example of these training opportunities is Palmer’s Military Healthcare Internship program, which places Palmer students in VHA or militaryhospital settings.

Dr. Lisi also serves as Section Chief of the Chiropractic Service at VA Connecticut Healthcare System. He’s a member of VA’ s Interdisciplinary Pain Management Workgroup and manager of its Chiropractic Field Advisory Committee.

“Over the past 10 years, the VA chiropractic program has grown substantially,” he says. “I’m proud of our expansion in academic initiatives, research, administrative efforts, and most importantly, our clinical care for veterans.”

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