NCMIC Foundation Announces McAndrews' Award Recipient

The NCMIC Foundation has announced that William B. Weeks, MD, PhD, MBA is the 2016 recipient of the Jerome F. McAndrews, DC, Memorial Research Fund Award. The presentation of the award was made on March 18, 2016, at the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Educational Conference and Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC).


NCMIC Foundation Announces McAndrews' Award RecipientThe NCMIC Foundation has announced that William B. Weeks, MD, PhD, MBA, is the 2016 recipient of the Jerome F. McAndrews, DC, Memorial Research Fund Award. The presentation of the award was made on March 18, 2016, at the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Educational Conference and Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC).

With more than 20 years of experience in health services and health policy research, Dr. Weeks was selected as the recipient of this award for bringing a much-needed expert viewpoint to research on policy and chiropractic care.  His research has focused on measuring healthcare quality, costs, and value.

As chiropractic becomes more integrated into the mainstream healthcare system, decision makers will want to know if inclusion of chiropractic services will result in better outcomes and more value creation. Dr. Weeks recently published the following two papers to provide insight into these complex topic areas:

  • “The Association Between Use of Chiropractic Care and Costs of Care Among Older Medicare Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain and Multiple Comorbidities”
  • “Public Perceptions of Doctors of Chiropractic: Results of a National Survey and Examination of Variation According to Respondents’ Likelihood to Use Chiropractic, Experience With Chiropractic, and Chiropractic Supply in Local Health Care Markets”

Dr. Weeks is a Professor of Psychiatry and Community and Family Medicine at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, where he works at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice as a senior research scientist. Dr. Weeks also serves as the Chair of the Clinical and Health Services Research Program at the Center for Chiropractic Research at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Weeks has published over 150 articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals and has collaborated with a variety of researchers in his work. The results of his research can be applied to day-to-day healthcare practice and includes studies that inform healthcare policy and future research across the nation. Dr. Weeks is honored to be the 2015-2016 Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair at Aix-Marseille University where he is studying geographic variation in health services utilization in France.

The Jerome F. McAndrews, DC, 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 each year to a worthy research recipient. This award recognizes an individual or group who has demonstrated exceptional ability to:

  1. Advance research and the exchange of scientific information
  2. Promote high ethical standards in research and/or practice
  3. Contribute to practical applications to chiropractic practice
  4. Interact professionally with other individuals and groups involved in relevant research and application

Past recipients of this award are: North Carolina Employee Health Plan Research Study Group (2015), Robert Mootz, DC (2014), James Whedon, DC, MS (2013), Pierre Côté, DC, PhD (2011), Deborah Kopansky-Giles, DC (2010), Sidney Rubinstein, DC, PhD (2009) and Simon Dagenais, DC, PhD (2008). For more information about the Foundation, please email rphillips@ncmicfoundation.org. Or, go to www.ncmicfoundation.org to make a contribution.


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Mike Whitmer

Mike Whitmer

Mike Whitmer, assistant vice president of NCMIC's Chiropractic Insurance Programs, has more than 25 years' experience in the business world to share with D.C.s who are starting their chiropractic careers. By day, Mike leads the corporate relations team at NCMIC Group, Inc., teaching at chiropractic colleges about business practices and risk management, and attending trade shows and homecoming events. Mike is also the cofounder of a property management company and a restoration firm that have provided his "real world" experience on writing business plans and dealing with small business finance and operations.

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