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Jim Whedon

Jim Whedon

Jim Whedon

DC, MS
Professor, Director

Phone: (562) 947-8755 x557

Email: JamesWhedon@scuhs.edu

SCU Health

Biography

Jim Whedon is Director of Health Services Research at Southern California University of Health Sciences and Adjunct Professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI). He holds a DC degree from Logan College and an MS from Dartmouth College. He was trained in methods of Health Services Research at TDI under an NIH funded research career development grant. He has authored 33 peer reviewed publications. He is advisor to the Project for Integrative Health and the Triple Aim, co-chair of the research working group of The Academic Consortium for Integrative Health, charter member of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, and recipient of the Jerome F. McAndrews DC Memorial Research Fund Award from NCMIC Foundation. Dr. Whedon’s research interests include Medicare policy with regard to health creating interventions, assessing the value of integrative healthcare, and evaluating patient access to integrative healthcare services.

Awards & Honors

  • Jerome F. McAndrews DC Memorial Research Fund Award
  • NCMIC Foundation Research Paper Award – Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Conference
  • Magna cum Laude, Logan College
  • Logan Scharnhorst Scholarship, Logan College
  • Summa cum Laude, University of Southern Maine

Selected Publications

  • Whedon J, Uptmor S; Toler A, Bezdjian S, MacKenzie T, Kazal L. Association between Chiropractic Care and Use of Prescription Opioids Among Older Medicare Beneficiaries with Spinal Pain: A Retrospective Observational Study. Chiropr Man Therap. 2022. [In Press]
  • Bezdjian S, Whedon J, Russel R, Goehl J, Kazal L. Efficiency of Primary Spine Care as Compared to Conventional Primary Care: A Retrospective Observational Study at an Academic Medical Center. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. Chiropr Man Therap. 2022 Jan 6;30(1):1.
  • Whedon J, Kizhakkeveettil A, Toler A, MacKenzie T, Lurie J, Bezdjian S, Haldeman S Hurwitz E, Coulter I. Long Term Costs under Medicare associated with Opioid Analgesic Therapy vs. Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Care of Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Retrospective Observational Study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2021 Dec 5;S0161-4754(21)00106-8.
  • Whedon J, Kizhakkeveettil A, Toler A, Bezdjian S, Rossi D, Uptmor S, MacKenzie T, Lurie J, Hurwitz E, Coulter I, Haldeman S. Initial Choice of Spinal Manipulation Reduces Escalation of Care for Chronic Low Back Pain among Older Medicare Beneficiaries. Spine. 2021. PMID: 34474443.
  • Whedon J, Kizhakkeveettil A, Toler a, et al. Initial Choice of Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain Leads to Reduced Long-term Risk of Adverse Drug Events among Older Medicare Beneficiaries. Apr 19.Spine. 2021. PMID: 33882542
  • Whedon JM, Haldeman S, Petersen C, Schoellkopf W, MacKenzie T, Lurie J. Temporal Trends and Geographic Variations in the Supply of Clinicians who Provide Spinal Manipulation to Medicare Beneficiaries: A Serial Cross-Sectional Study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2021 Apr. PMID: 33849727
  • Kazal L, Whedon JM. Academic Primary Care Clinic Adopts New Paradigm for First-Line Treatment of Low Back Pain. J Altern Complement Med. 2021 Mar; 27(3): 282-284.
  • Whedon JM, Bezdjian S, Dennis P. et al. Cost comparison of two approaches to chiropractic care for patients with acute and sub-acute low back pain care episodes: a cohort study. Chiropr Man Therap. 28, 68 (2020).
  • Whedon JM, Toler A, Bezdjian S, Goehl J, Russell R, Kazal L, Nagare M. Implementation of the Primary Spine Care Model in a Multi-Clinician Primary Care Setting: An Observational Cohort Study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2020 Sep ;43(7) :667-674.
  • Whedon JM, Bezdjian S, Goehl JM, Kazal LA. Trends in Insurance Coverage for Complementary Healthcare Services. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Therapies. Published Online:7 Jul 2020.
  • Whedon J, Toler A, Kazal L, Bezdjian S, Goehl J, Greenstein J. Impact of Chiropractic Care on Use of Prescription Opioids in Patients with Spinal Pain. Pain Medicine. Mar; 2020. pnaa014, https://doi.org/10.1093/pm/pnaa014
  • Whedon J, Snider P, Whedon S. “RE: Integrative Medicine and the Imperative for Health Justice. [Letter] J Altern Complement Med. Volume 24, Number 6, 2018, pp. 611–612.
  • Whedon J, Goehl J, Toler, A, Kazal L. Association between Utilization of Chiropractic Services for Treatment of Low Back Pain and Risk of Adverse Drug Events. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2018 Jun; 41(5):383-388.
  • Whedon J, Goehl J, Toler, A, Kazal L. Association between Utilization of Chiropractic Services for Treatment of Low Back Pain and Use of Prescription Opioids. J Altern Complement Med. 2018 Jun; 24 (6):552-556.
  • Whedon J, Tosteson T, Kizhakkeveettil A, Kimura M. Insurance Reimbursement for Complementary Healthcare Services. J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Apr;23(4):264-267.
  • Whedon J, Punzo M, Dehen R, Menard M, Fogel D, Olejownik J. Relevance of Quality Measurement to Integrative Healthcare in the United States. J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Sep 23. PMID: 27660896.
  • Whedon JM, KizhakkeVeettil A, Rugo N, Kieffer K. Bioidentical Estrogens for Depressive Symptoms in Menopause: A Systematic Review. J Womens Health. 2016 Sep 7. PMID 27603786.
  • Whedon J, Song Y, Mackenzie T, Phillips R, Lukovits T, Lurie J. Risk of Stroke Following Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation in Medicare B Beneficiaries Aged 65-99 with Neck Pain. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2015 Jan 14. PMCID: PMC4336806
  • Whedon J, Mackenzie T, Phillips R, Lurie J. Risk of Traumatic Injury Associated with Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation in Medicare Part B Beneficiaries Aged 66-99. Spine. 2014 Dec. PMCID: PMC4326543.
  • Whedon JM, Song Y, Davis MA. Trends in the use and cost of chiropractic spinal manipulation under Medicare Part B. Spine J. 2013 Nov; 13(11): 1449–1454.
  • Whedon JM, Rugo NA, Lux K. Challenges of Withdrawal from Chronic Antidepressant Medication: A Healing Odyssey. Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing. 2013 Mar; 9(2):108-11.
  • Whedon JM and Song Y. Racial disparities in the use of chiropractic care under Medicare. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2012, 18(6): 20-26. PMCID: PMC3590798
  • Whedon JM, Song Y, Davis MA, Lurie JD. Use of chiropractic spinal manipulation in older adults is strongly correlated with supply. Spine. 2012, 37(20): 1771-7. PMCID: PMC3414681
  • Whedon J, Fulton G, Herr C, Von Recklinghausen F. Trauma Patients without a Trauma Diagnosis: the Data Gap at a Level One Trauma Center. The Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care. October 2009, Volume 67, Number 4: 822-828.
  • Whedon JM, Quebada PB, Roberts DW, Radwan TA. Spinal epidural hematoma after spinal manipulative therapy in a patient undergoing anticoagulant therapy: a case report. Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics. 2006 Sep; 29(7): 582-5. PMID: 16949949.

Selected Presentations

  • Whedon JM. Simon M, Donovan-Batson C, Smith L, Kizhakkeveettil A. The Atlas of Integrative Healthcare (Workshop): Annual Conference, Integrative Medicine and the Underserved. Washington, DC. June, 2018.
  • Whedon JM. Non-pharmacologic treatments for pain: safe and effective alternatives to opioid analgesics (Platform presentation). Ninth Annual Native American Healthcare Conference. Anaheim, CA. June, 2018.
  • Whedon JM. Association between Utilization of Chiropractic Services for Treatment of Low Back Pain and Use of Prescription Medications. (Invited Speaker) American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. San Diego, CA. April 2018
  • Whedon JM. Values-based Healthcare Education. (Invited Speaker) Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. Oct., 2017.
  • Whedon JM. An Unlikely Partnership in Integrative Health. Platform Presentation: 145th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Atlanta, GA; Nov, 2017.
  • Snider P, Whedon JM, Dirks S., et al. Making the Intangible, Tangible – The Hard and Hopeful Work of Transforming the Culture of an Integrative Health Sciences University. Poster Presentation: Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. Oct., 2017.
  • Whedon JM. An Unlikely Partnership in Integrative Health. Poster Presentation: Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. Oct., 2017.
  • Whedon JM. Lessons from Chiropractic Medicine: Using Fewer High-Risk Drugs for Low Back Pain. (Invited Speaker) Platform Presentation: 28th Annual Meeting, Academy of Integrative Pain Management. San Diego, CA; Oct., 2017
  • Whedon JM. Association between utilization of chiropractic services for low back pain and use of prescription opioids. Poster Presentation. National Press Club. Washington, DC; March 2017.

Current Activities

  • Co-Chair, Policy Committee, Integrative, Complementary, and Traditional Health Practices Section, American Public Health Association
  • Poster Committee Chair, Annual Conference of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
  • Panelist, “Consensus Process to Develop ‘Best Practices’ Document for Chiropractic Care for Older Adults”
  • Charter Member, Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine
  • Editorial Board, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
  • Advisory Team, Project for Integrative Health and the Triple Aim
  • Research Working Group, Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health
  • Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects, Dartmouth College
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