Newswise — Arlington, Va. – The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is pleased to announce that ACA Senior Scientific Advisor Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, has been appointed by the Comptroller of the United States to a three-year term as chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors.

PCORI was established in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act to fund research to help patients, caregivers, and their health practitioners make evidence-based, patient-centered healthcare decisions. Non-drug treatment for pain is among PCORI’s top research priorities.

Dr. Goertz has been a member of the PCORI board since its establishment. The board is made up of 21 representatives of the patient, general consumer, clinical, insurance, research, employer, industry, policy and other healthcare sectors. Dr. Goertz previously served in several leadership positions within the organization, including vice chair and chair of PCORI’s Science Oversight and Selection committees.

“It’s essential for consumers and healthcare providers to have reliable information when making healthcare decisions,” said ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC. “Dr. Goertz’s strong leadership skills combined with her expertise regarding comparative effectiveness research methodologies and strong commitment to evidence-based, patient-centered care make her an ideal choice to head the PCORI board at this time.”

Besides her position with PCORI, Dr. Goertz is the CEO of the Spine Institute for Quality and, beginning in October, will join the faculty of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center as professor and director of system development and coordination of spine health. Previously, she served for 11 years as vice chancellor of research and health policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic and as a program official at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health. 

Her 25-year research career has focused on working with multidisciplinary teams to design and implement clinical trials and health-services research studies designed to increase knowledge about the effectiveness, cost and risks associated with nonpharmacological approaches for pain management.  


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