The National - Wilk V. AMA: How spies, Documentation, Secret Sources and Determination Saved Chiropractic

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Course Description: Learn what you don’t know about the struggle for parity, seen through the lens of chiropractic history and why you can’t coast now. Anyone who graduated after 1992 doesn’t know that we are where we are today because of what happened then. Look back to see how the chiropractic profession took on the AMA, changing the profession and access to chiropractic care. Quantum change is coming with the transition to value-based care, which will present challenges in the future to ensure inclusion and parity as healthcare continues to change. Chiropractors learning from the past will be better prepared for the challenges of the future.

Learning Objectives:

• Contrast the public’s access to chiropractic care prior to and following the Wilk v. AMA litigation

• Discuss the impact of the litigation on opportunities for chiropractors and chiropractic students

• Apply the lessons of the past on current and future challenges facing the chiropractic profession

Target Audience

Doctor of Chiropractic
Certified Chiropractic Physician's Assistant

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) CE
    • 2.00 Documentation & Record Keeping (DOC) credit
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Lou Sportelli, DC

Dr. Sportelli, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1962, and has served in many capacities throughout his 55-year career.  He currently serves as President of The NCMIC Foundation, a 501 C, (3) non-profit research and education organization. Dr. Sportelli served for 25 years on the board and 20 years as President of NCMIC Group Inc, which provides malpractice insurance and financial services to more than 40,000 doctors of chiropractic, in the United States and possessions. 

Dr. Sportelli has lectured extensively on ethics, risk management and incorporating sound procedures to risk-proof your practice.  He has a keen interest in patient education, and his patietn education book, Introduction to Chiropractic™, was widely used by doctors of chiropractic across the world.

He serves as one of the profession’s media spokesmen and was recently featured in the 2013 chiropractic documentary “DOCTORED”, and 2015 documentary “UNDOCOTORED”.  

His prior involvement in chiropractic nationally and internationally resulted in his serving as President of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) , recently resigned after 31 years on the board of Trustees serving as Vice Chair of the Blue Mountain Health Systems hospital network, now acquired by St. Lukes University Health Network.

Harry Van Loveren, MD

Dr. Harry van Loveren is a neurosurgeon in Tampa, Florida and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital-Tampa and Tampa General Hospital. He received his medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.




Carl Cleveland, DC

Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III is a fourth generation doctor of chiropractic, grandson of the founders, and the third president of Cleveland Chiropractic College, now Cleveland University-Kansas City. He is a tireless ambassador for the chiropractic profession as represented by his service history. Having served as president of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges and president of the Council on Chiropractic Education, currently he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the History of Chiropractic, the National Chiropractic Legal Action Fund and the William M. Harris Family Foundation. He is a founding member of the Chiropractic Summit and has served as national spokesperson for the ACA/ICA Alliance for Chiropractic Progress. Dr. Cleveland III teaches Foundations in Philosophy and Science of Chiropractic.



Howard Wolinsky

Howard Wolinsky is a Chicago author who covered the trial of Wilk et al. v. AMA et al. from gavel to gavel and also covered the following 14 years of appeals until the case ended with a victory for the chiropractors. He is the author of the book, Contain and Eliminate: The American Medical Association’s Conspiracy to Destroy Chiropractic, (Sportelli 2021).
Initially, he covered the trial for the AMA newspaper and was nearly fired for reporting the truth. He went on to cover the case for the Chicago Sun-Times.
He has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize for his exposes of financial and ethical scandals at the AMA. The Texas Chiropractic Association recently honored him with its Chiropractic Advocacy Award. The American Chiropractic Association in 1987 honored Wolinsky’s coverage of the Wilk case with its Health Journalism Award.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) CE
    • 2.00 Documentation & Record Keeping (DOC) credit
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