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Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC

Dean of Research, Institutional Review Board Chair, and Emeritus Professor of the Department of Radiology|Office: G111

Dr. Kettner is the Dean of Research, Institutional Review Board Chair, and Emeritus Professor of the Department of Radiology at Logan University. He has served on the faculty since 1980 and in 1984 was appointed Chair of the Department of Radiology. Dr. Kettner was elected president of the American Chiropractic College of Radiology in 1991. He has served as a grant reviewer for the NIH/NCCAM Special Emphasis Panel in Basic Science. Dr. Kettner is a reviewer for many journals including Pain, Journal of Pain, Neuroimage: Clinical, BMC Pediatrics, BMC Medical Imaging, BMC Neurology and is an editorial board member in the Musculoskeletal section of Pain Medicine.

Dr. Kettner’s current research interests include advanced brain imaging techniques (fMRI, PET, MEG) to explore the central neural mechanisms underlying chronic pain and the brain network responses to acupuncture and spinal manipulation. To carry out this work, Dr. Kettner developed a research collaboration with the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging of Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Over the course of his career, he has authored numerous publications with national and international conference presentations in the field of chiropractic radiology and functional neuroimaging. His papers are published in prestigious journals such as NeuroImage, Human Brain Mapping, Pain, Frontiers in Neurology, Brain, Brain Stimulation and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A Mathematics, Physical and Engineering Sciences. Dr. Kettner also served as co-chair for the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Special Interest Groups (SIG) of the American Pain Society, and recently as co-chair for the United States Association for the Study of Pain SIG on Complementary and Integrative Pain Management, activities devoted to the integration of non-pharmacological care into pain management.

Dr. Kettner is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Society for Neuroscience, American Chiropractic Association, Missouri State Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic College of Radiology. He was awarded instructor of the year at Logan in 1984 and 1988. Dr. Kettner received the Distinguished Service Award for the Clinical Science division at Logan in 1986, 1988, and 1989. In 2001, Dr. Kettner received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Logan Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award. The American Chiropractic Association named Dr. Kettner the Academician of the Year in 2005, Researcher of the Year in 2008, and in March 2016 he received the 2016 ACA Presidential Award. In September 2021, Dr. Kettner was a recipient of the inaugural Spirit of Logan Distinguished Alumni Award. The award represents the highest distinction bestowed upon an alumnus for their accomplishments and for making a significant, lasting difference to Logan. The inaugural winners were selected by the University based on the criteria of leadership, philanthropy, industry achievement and service.

View a list of Dr. Kettner’s publications here

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