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Faculty180 – Vita and Individual Profile Data Sheet

Eric Hurwitz, DC, MS, PhD

Fall 1980 - Fall 2120

Visiting Professor

SCU Health - Clinical and Health Services Research


Current Position

  • Position: Associated Faculty


Dr. Hurwitz is a Professor and Graduate Chair at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, in Honolulu, Hawai`i. His research portfolio includes comparative effectiveness, health services, patient-centered outcomes, and epidemiologic studies using a variety of experimental and observational research designs and large clinical and population-based databases to study conventional and complementary and alternative interventions, including chiropractic care and spinal manipulation for managing back and neck pain. Dr. Hurwitz has chaired and

currently serve on data and safety monitoring boards for NIH-funded clinical trials, teach and mentor students in epidemiologic methods and clinical epidemiology, and enjoy ongoing collaborations with Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) and RAND.

Dr. Hurwitz served on the Scientific Secretariat of The Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010

Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders and currently serves on the secretariat of the Global Spine Care Initiative and is the co-director of the research program for World Spine Care. His expertise and research interests include the epidemiology and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and chronic diseases; the interrelationships of psychosocial, behavioral, and immune factors in the etiology and prognosis of physical and psychological pain; the safety and effectiveness of therapeutic and preventive interventions; and methods in observational studies, health services research, and clinical epidemiology.



Ph.D., Epidemiology , Los Angeles , California, United States


M.S., Epidemiology , University of California, Los Angeles , California, United States


D.C., Chiropractic, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic , Los Angeles, California, United States


A.B., Physiology, University of California, Berkeley , California, United States

Scholarly Contributions and Creative Productions

Journal Article


Hurwitz, E. Epidemiology: Spinal Manipulation Utilization. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 2012, 22, 648–654.
Ly, C.; Ogana, H.; Kim, H. N.; Hurwitz, S.; Deeds, E. J.; Kim, Y.-M.; Rowat, A. C. Altered Physical Phenotypes of Leukemia Cells That Survive Chemotherapy Treatment. 2023, 15.
Yang, H.; Hurwitz, E. L.; Li, J.; de Luca, K.; Tavares, P.; Green, B.; Haldeman, S. Bidirectional Comorbid Associations between Back Pain and Major Depression in US Adults. 2023, 20.
Hurwitz, E.; Pohlman, K.; O’Beirne, M.; Thiel, H.; Cassidy, J.; Mior, S.; Westaway, M.; Ishaque, S.; Vohra, S. Development and Validation of Providers’ and Patients' Measurement Instruments to Evaluate Adverse Events after Spinal Manipulation Therapy. European Journal of Integrative Medicine 2014.
Hurwitz, E.; Vassilaki, M. Perspectives on Pain in the Low Back and Neck: Global Burden, Epidemiology, and Management. Hawaii Journal of Medicine & Public Health 2014, 122–126.
Hurwitz, E. Cancer Risk after Use of Recombinant Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 for Spinal Arthrodesis. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am 2013, 1537–1545.
Hurwitz, E.; Haldeman, S.; Kopansky-Giles, D.; Hoy, D.; Erwin, M.; Kawchuk, G.; Strömqvist, B.; Walsh, N. Bone and Joint Decade Report: Moving Together beyond the Decade – Advancements in the Management of Spine Disorders. Best Practice and Research Clinical Rheumatology 2012, 26(2), 263–280.

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One of the great things about SCU is we do have a campus layout, so all your classes aren't in a single room. We have our cadaver lab. We have different specialty rooms for physical assessment classes vs. acupuncture classes. All our acupuncture-specific classes have all the herbs in the room. You can pull out the herbs and look at them, whether in class or in between classes to get that extra studying in.

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Some of my favorite courses at SCU have to be the chiropractic procedure classes; those are the classes you get to hone in on your chiro skills, your palpation skills and ultimately work on the adjustments that make you a chiropractor. Those are the classes I feel enhance my knowledge the most and are some of the reasons I chose to become a chiropractor here are SCU.

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