Accolades Abound at UB’s School of Chiropractic

UBSC students and professors gather in Washington D.C. for the annual American Chiropractic Association meeting

Above: UBSC students and professors gather in Washington D.C. for the annual American Chiropractic Association meeting. Photo credit: Richard Saporito

Add another feather to the cap of UB’s School of Chiropractic (UBSC), which has recently been honored as the chapter of the year by the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA). The School’s students previously received two awards with SACA as the most improved chapter of the year. They’ve been on a steady trajectory from great to greater.

This was not the only recent success for UBSC students: three of this year’s four SACA Standard Process Scholarship Awards—a recognition for outstanding essays that were submitted as part of a competition—went to UB students Alex Eckert, Celeste Holder (who is also the National Vice Chair of SACA), and Alexis Radulic.

Richard Saporito, associate professor of clinical sciences, who joined the students in their recent trip to Washington D.C. where they won their individual and chapter SACA awards, spoke about how these successes represent the outlook of the program’s faculty and administration.

“While our primary mission is to develop outstanding, evidence-based, patient-centered, compassionate physicians, it is also essential that we help create strong leaders for the future of our profession. Our students not only rise to the challenge but embrace that role.”

Radulic, a first-year student, is especially appreciative of the opportunity to learn from UB faculty. “We have these great professors who are extremely passionate and deeply knowledgeable. It is a major benefit of studying here at Bridgeport.”

UBSC faculty members are hardly strangers to major recognition themselves. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has named three of them as Academicians of the Year: Anthony Lisi (adjunct associate professor of clinical sciences) in 2015, James Lehman (associate professor of clinical sciences and director of community health clinical education) in 2010, and Stephen Perle (professor of clinical sciences) in 2004. In 2017 Lisi was also named ACA Chiropractor of the Year, and in 2018 Perle delivered the ACA’s prestigious McAndrews Leadership Lecture.

These honors are only the tip of the iceberg: the UBSC faculty is full of field-defining practitioners and administrators. For example, Perle was the first chiropractor in the U.S. to serve as medical director for a major Olympic sport’s national championship—that of track and field. He also shapes chiropractic scholarship as an associate editor of the journal Chiropractic & Manual Therapies.

Lisi is another important figure in the field. As chiropractic program director for the Veterans Health Administration, and the Chiropractic Section Chief in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, he has been instrumental in introducing the practice of chiropractic into VA hospitals across the country.

Lehman, too, has been at the vanguard by integrating chiropractic care into 21 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Connecticut and New Jersey. His work has become a nationwide model, as well as an exciting opportunity for UBSC students. He explained, “Students can go on to a three-year full-time residency in neuromusculoskeletal medicine that leads to board certification within a federally qualified healthcare system—there is no other residency like it in the world.”

From faculty with wide-reaching influence and cutting-edge insights to award-winning students and an award-winning school chapter, UBSC continues to define and advance the field of chiropractic medicine.