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Louis Kazal, MD

Fall 1980 - Fall 2120

Visiting Associate Professor

SCU Health - AVP


Current Position

  • Position: Associated Faculty


Dr. Kazal is a practicing family physician and medical acupuncturist, an Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, and former Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow. Dr. Kazal’s experience is a combination of formal training in medical research and teaching, and three decades of clinical practice (the last 12 including acupuncture). He has successfully conducted practice-based and academic-based research, has extensive health policy experience, and mentored medical students and medical residents. During his extensive career he has served in numerous leadership roles. As an Adjunct Professor at Southern California University of Health Sciences, Dr. Kazal collaborated with the SCU research team on numerous occasions leading to impactful research on innovative non-pharmacologic care of spine-related pain disorders, including a study demonstrating the effect of chiropractic care on the management of low back pain in a primary care setting, and studies demonstrating correlations between chiropractic care and reduced opioid use and adverse drug events. Dr. Kazal’s areas of interest include integration of complementary and alternative medicine in primary care, medical acupuncture, iron deficiency in infants and young children, use of handheld ultrasound in ambulatory primary care, and health policy.

Dr. Kazal received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia and his BS from Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Scholarly Contributions and Creative Productions

Journal Article


Kazal, L. A. Semi-Permanent Ear (Aguille SP) Needle “Migration” into the External Auditory Canal. 2023, 35, 48–50.
Whedon, J. M.; Uptmor, S.; Toler, A. W. J.; Bezdjian, S.; MacKenzie, T. A.; Kazal, L. A. Association between Chiropractic Care and Use of Prescription Opioids among Older Medicare Beneficiaries with Spinal Pain: A Retrospective Observational Study. 2022, 30, 5.
Bezdjian, S.; Whedon, J. M.; Russell, R.; Goehl, J. M.; Kazal, L. A. Efficiency of Primary Spine Care as Compared to Conventional Primary Care: A Retrospective Observational Study at an Academic Medical Center. 2022, 30, 1.
Kazal, L. A.; Whedon, J. M. Academic Primary Care Clinic Adopts New Paradigm for First-Line Treatment of Low Back Pain. 2021, 27, 282–284.
Bezdjian, S.; Whedon, J. M.; Goehl, J. M.; Kazal, L. A. Experiences and Attitudes About Chiropractic Care and Prescription Drug Therapy Among Patients With Back Pain: A Cross-Sectional Survey. 2021, 20, 1–8.
Whedon, J. M.; Toler, A. W. J.; Kazal, L. A.; Bezdjian, S.; Goehl, J. M.; Greenstein, J. Impact of Chiropractic Care on Use of Prescription Opioids in Patients with Spinal Pain. 2020, 21, 3567–3573.
Whedon, J. M.; Toler, A. W. J.; Bezdjian, S.; Goehl, J. M.; Russell, R.; Kazal, L. A.; Nagare, M. Implementation of the Primary Spine Care Model in a Multi-Clinician Primary Care Setting: An Observational Cohort Study. 2020, 43, 667–674.
Whedon, J. M.; Bezdjian, S.; Goehl, J. M.; Kazal, L. A. Trends in Insurance Coverage for Complementary Health Care Services. 2020, 26, 966–969.
Kazal, L. A. Re: Signs and Symptoms That Rule Out Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Outpatient Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM 2019, 32, 753.
Whedon, J. M.; Toler, A. W. J.; Goehl, J. M.; Kazal, L. A. Association Between Utilization of Chiropractic Services for Treatment of Low Back Pain and Risk of Adverse Drug Events. 2018, 41, 383–388.
Whedon, J. M.; Toler, A. W. J.; Goehl, J. M.; Kazal, L. A. Association Between Utilization of Chiropractic Services for Treatment of Low-Back Pain and Use of Prescription Opioids. 2018, 24, 552–556.

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