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Faculty180 – Vita and Individual Profile Data Sheet

Scott Haldeman, DC, PhD, MD

Fall 1980 - Fall 2120

Visiting Professor

SCU Health - Clinical and Health Services Research


Current Position

  • Position: Associated Faculty


Dr. Scott Haldeman is Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of California at Irvine, and Visiting Professor, Southern California University of Health Sciences. He is Past President of the North American Spine Society, the American Back Society, and the North American Academy of Manipulative Therapy and served on the Executive Council of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. Dr. Haldeman is the founder and currently serves as Chair Emeritus of World Spine Care, a non-profit organization endorsed by the Decade of the Bone and Joint, an initiative of the WHO. He currently chairs the Global Spine Care Initiative to develop evidence-informed, practical, and sustainable, spine health care models for communities around the world. Dr. Haldeman published over 240 articles or book chapters and has authored or edited eight textbooks. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the American Board of Electroencephalography and Neurophysiology and the American Board of Clinical Physiology and served on the US department of Health AHCPR Clinical Guidelines Committee on Acute Low Back Problems in Adults as well as four other Clinical Guidelines Committees. He presided over The Bone and Joint Decade 2000 to 2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders. He served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health and is Chairman Emeritus of the Research Council of the World Federation of Chiropractic. He was awarded the David Selby Award by the North American Spine Society, the Patenge Distinguished Lecturer Award from Michigan State University, an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the Southern California University of Health Sciences. In 2015 he received the Bone and Joint Decade Global Alliance Distinguished Service Award, and in 2018 he received the Dr. Lou Sportelli Lifetime of Leadership Award.


In Progress

D.C., Doctorate of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic, United States

B.Sc., Physiology, University of Pretoria, United States

M.Sc., Neurophysiology, University of Pretoria, United States

Ph.D., Neurophysiology, University of British Columbia, United States

Scholarly Contributions and Creative Productions

Journal Article


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.
Yang, H.; Lu, M.-L.; Haldeman, S.; Swanson, N. Psychosocial Risk Factors for Low Back Pain in US Workers: Data from the 2002-2018 Quality of Work Life Survey. 2023, 66, 41–53.
de Luca, K.; Tavares, P.; Yang, H.; Hurwitz, E. L.; Green, B. N.; Dale, H.; Haldeman, S. Spinal Pain, Chronic Health Conditions and Health Behaviors: Data from the 2016-2018 National Health Interview Survey. 2023, 20.
Whedon, J. M.; Petersen, C. L.; Li, Z.; Schoelkopf, W. J.; Haldeman, S.; MacKenzie, T. A.; Lurie, J. D. Association between Cervical Artery Dissection and Spinal Manipulative Therapy -a Medicare Claims Analysis. 2022, 22, 917.
Carragee, E. J.; Andersson, G. B. J.; Belcourt, R. M.; Eskay-Auerbach, M.; Goertz, M.; Haldeman, S.; Hegmann, K. T.; Lessenger, J. E.; Mayer, T.; Mueller, K. L.; Murphy, D. R.; Tellin, W. G.; Thiese, M. S.; Travis, R.; Weiss, M. S.; Harris, J. S. Reply to Sayeed et Al’s Reply to Reply. 2022, 64, e391–e392.
Costanzo, G.; Misaggi, B.; Ricciardi, L.; AlEissa, S. I.; Tamai, K.; Alhelal, F.; Alqahtani, Y.; Alsobayel, H. I.; Arand, M.; Balsano, M.; Blattert, T. R.; Brayda-Bruno, M.; Busari, J. O.; Campello, M.; Chhabra, H. S.; Tamburrelli, F. C.; Côté, P.; Darwono, B.; Kandziora, F.; La Maida, G. A.; Muehlbauer, E. J.; Mulukutla, R. D.; Pereira, P.; Rajasekaran, S.; Rothenfluh, D. A.; Sullivan, W. J.; Truumees, E.; Dohring, E. J.; Pigott, T.; Shetty, A. P.; Teli, M. G. A.; Wang, J. C.; Ames, C.; Anema, J. R.; Bang, A.; Cheung, K. M. C.; Gross, D. P.; Haldeman, S.; Minisola, S.; Mullerpatan, R.; Negrini, S.; Salmi, L.-R.; Spinelli, M. S.; Vlok, A.; Yankey, K. P.; Zaina, F.; Alturkistany, A.; Franke, J.; Liljenqvist, U. R.; Piccirillo, M.; Nordin, M. SPINE20 Recommendations 2021: Spine Care for People’s Health and Prosperity. 2022, 31, 1333–1342.
Kizhakkeveettil, A.; Bezdjian, S.; Hurwitz, E. L.; Toler, A. W. J.; Rossi, D.; Uptmor, S.; Sagester, K.; Bangash, M.; MacKenzie, T. A.; Lurie, J. D.; Coulter, I.; Haldeman, S.; Whedon, J. M. Spinal Manipulation vs Prescription Drug Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain: Beliefs, Satisfaction With Care, and Qualify of Life Among Older Medicare Beneficiaries. 2021, 44, 663–673.

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