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John Stites, DC, DACBR, DACO

John Stites, DC, DACBR, DACOEvidence is a universal language that cuts across all healthcare disciplines. It is essential in our evolving modern healthcare system that clinicians develop skills in accessing, assessing and synthesizing the evidence. Dr. Stites has a passion for evidence-based clinical practice and presents it in a manner that is both understandable and entertaining. His presentations are interactive and use a variety of media. 

Dr. Stites is professor and director of community clinics at Palmer College of Chiropractic. He also provides care for underserved populations in a community healthcare center alongside medical physicians and dentists. A 1979 Palmer graduate, he has been on faculty since 1983 and holds Diplomates in both radiology and orthopedics.

He has served the profession through terms as editor-in-chief topic in radiology and advance imaging, an editorial board member for the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and topics in integrative health, and peer reviews for scholarly journals including Spine, Journal of Chiropractic Medicine and Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. He received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chiropractic Health Care section of the American Public Health Association, where he has served as chair and program chair, and currently sits on the Governing Council. He also sits on advisory councils for the Iowa Department of Public Health, as well as for managed care organizations.

For the past eight years, he has participated in the renowned workshop in evidence-based clinical practice (EBCP) at McMaster University, an intensive five-day program for all healthcare providers interested in using or teaching EBCP. For the past three years, he has served as faculty for the workshop. He has developed and presented multiple programs on EBCP, including workshops geared toward educators and foundational seminars for clinicians. He has authored a number of “Evidence-in-Action” articles for the Journal of the American Chiropractic Association and is a regular contributor to the blog “Research, It’s not just for Scientists Anymore” in Dynamic Chiropractic.


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