Anthony J. Lisi, associate professor of clinical sciences at University of Bridgeport, has been selected to oversee chiropractic care at the Veterans Health Administration, which serves more than 7.8 million enrolled veterans and is the nation’s largest health care system.
Dr. Lisi will guide the improvement and expansion of the VHA chiropractic program, which was established in 2004 in response to legislation that requires at least one chiropractor at each of its 21 geographic regions. Currently 38 chiropractors work in 32 VHA sites, and the number is expected to grow.
More than 263,000 veterans from Iraq and more than 7.8 million veterans total make it critical for the VHA to provide chiropractic services, which can play a crucial role in treating various musculoskeletal problems including traumatic injuries due to explosive devices, less-severe injuries, and general back pain.
“The chiropractic program can now provide another option in the management of our nation’s veterans health care,” said Dr. Lisi. “There had been a lot of interest in this from veterans groups and from VA providers. This is a way to serve those needs.”
Dr. Lisi supervises the clinical training of interns from the University of Bridgeport’s College of Chiropractic who are assigned to the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs, where he also serves as chief of chiropractic care.
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