The Jerome F. McAndrews, D.C., Memorial Research Fund was created by the NCMIC Foundation to honor Dr. McAndrews’ longtime support of the scientific and practical advancement of the study of chiropractic. It provides an award to a worthy research recipient who has demonstrated exceptional ability to:
Past recipients of the McAndrews’ Award:
Brent David Leininger, D.C., M.S.
2018 McAndrews Award Recipient
Dr. Leininger is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota within the Integrative Health & Wellbeing Research Program at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. He is a co-investigator for the large, NIH-funded clinical trial on Spinal Manipulation and Patient Self-Management to Prevent Back Pain Chronicity – PACBACK study, which will enroll approximately 1,200 participants.
Improving pain management with nondrug treatments that can prevent chronic low back pain is a critical public health priority. Research like this one helps identify how prevention can help overcome the problems and costs—including those related to opioid misuse—associated with chronic low back pain.
William B. Weeks, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
2016 McAndrews Award Recipient
The 2016 recipient was William B. Weeks, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. Dr. Weeks was selected for this award for his research on measuring quality, cost and value in chiropractic care. Dr. Weeks is a Professor of Psychiatry and Community and Family Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth where he works at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice as a senior research scientist.
North Carolina Employee Health Plan Research Study Group
2015 McAndrews Award Recipient
The 2015 recipient was the North Carolina Employee Health Plan Research Study Group, led by Shawn Phelan, D.C., and consisting of Richard C. Armstrong, M.S., D.C.; Eric L. Hurwitz, D.C., Ph.D.; Eugene A. Lewis, D.C.; M.P.H., Reed B. Phillips, Ph.D.; D.C., Michael J. Schneider, Ph.D., D.C.; and Joel M. Stevans, D.C. The group was recognized for working on several research projects that aim to better understand the costs for chiropractic care.
The findings of the studies showed significantly lower costs of care for complicated and uncomplicated neck pain, low back pain and headache. There was a net increase in chiropractic utilization and a decrease in charges to the state health plan for these conditions during the period of copay equity. There was a significant decrease in chiropractic utilization and significant increase in the magnitude of millions of dollars for these conditions with the repeal of copay equity in 2007.
Robert Mootz, D.C.
2014 McAndrews Award Recipient
The 2014 recipient was Robert Mootz, D.C., who was recognized for his drive to educate, elevate and influence others, specifically the public, healthcare providers and policymakers. Dr. Mootz currently serves as the Associate Medical Director for Chiropractic at the Department of Labor and Industries for the state of Washington. Examples of his work include:
- Co-investigator on Washington State’s “Occupational Health Services Project”
- Agency lead for “Occupational Health Conservative Care Best Practices Resources”
- Project lead for numerous evidence-based health policy, guidelines and coverage decision efforts
These efforts have a system-wide impact on improving healthcare to injured workers, providing an evidence-based approach to healthcare and developing a level playing field for all healthcare providers, including Doctors of Chiropractic.
James Whedon, D.C., M.S.
2013 McAndrews Award Recipient
The 2013 recipient was James Whedon, D.C., M.S., who was selected for this award for his timely and applicable research that will advance the health of the U.S. public. Dr. Whedon's research investigates longitudinal trends and geographic variations in chiropractic availability, utilization and cost for adults over 65, which will be especially applicable as the percentage of the population covered by Medicare increases. His research also evaluates the safety of chiropractic care and risks of complications associated with chiropractic care of older adults.
Dr. Whedon has published numerous articles in PubMed-indexed journals, collaborated with other researchers on these studies and presented his work at national research conferences, including ACC-RAC, the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association and the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health. The results of his research can be applied to day-to-day practice and may be generalizable to the older U.S. adult population. Thus, the results can inform national healthcare policy and future research on a broad level.
Pierre Côté, D.C.
2011 McAndrews Award Recipient
The 2011 recipient was Pierre Côté, D.C., who was recognized for his distinguished track record to advance science, and has many research collaborations and high ethical standards.
Dr. Côté’s studies include whiplash, manipulation and stroke; worker injuries; and low back and neck pain. Dr. Côté’s research is internationally known and crosses many disciplines. He has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Côté was intimately involved with the Bone and Joint Decade 2000–2010 Task Force on Neck pain and its Associated Disorders, which has made a tremendous impact on the chiropractic profession.
Deborah Kopansky-Giles, D.C.
2010 McAndrews Award Recipient
The 2010 recipient was Deborah Kopansky-Giles, D.C., who was recognized for her efforts to advance chiropractic research, including bridging the gap between the chiropractic profession and traditional medical organizations. Her scientific studies help others understand how chiropractic benefits the healthcare system, especially in providing care to the underserved.
Sidney Rubinstein, D.C., Ph.D.
2009 McAndrews Award Recipient
The 2009 recipient was Sidney Rubinstein, D.C., Ph.D., a Los Angeles College of Chiropractic graduate. Dr. Rubinstein was selected for his long-standing efforts to advance chiropractic research. Specifically, he was cited for contributing to practical applications for chiropractic practice, maintaining high ethical standards and working collaboratively with professional interdisciplinary teams to enhance better understanding of patient treatments.
Currently, Dr. Rubinstein is working as a post-doc at the Vrije University Medical Center, Amsterdam. His area of interest is predictors of outcome with chiropractic care, specifically the role of psychosocial factors. He is also a member of the Cochrane Back Review Group and is working on a series of systematic reviews to evaluate the efficacy of spinal manipulative therapy for chronic low-back pain.
Simon Dagenais, D.C., Ph.D., M.Sc.
2008 McAndrews Award Recipient
The 2008 recipient was Simon Dagenais, D.C., Ph.D., M.Sc., a graduate of Southern California University of Health Sciences. Simon was selected for his research, publications, and knowledge disseminations efforts on evidence-based management of low back pain, which culminated in co-editing a well-received special focus issue of The Spine Journal on this topic in 2008.
In addition to being trained as a chiropractor, Simon is also trained as an epidemiologist and health economist. He is currently Senior Director in Health Outcomes and Value Assessment at Pacira Pharmaceuticals, where he supports studies examining the value of EXPAREL®, a novel non-opioid analgesic injected at the surgical site to manage postsurgical pain.
Prior to joining Pacira in 2013, Simon was the Chief Scientific Officer for Palladian Health, a specialty health company that manages musculoskeletal health benefits on behalf of health plans. Before that, Simon was a research scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and an assistant professor in epidemiology and orthopaedic surgery at the University of Ottawa.