Hussein Elsangak, D.C., M.D.
Ambassador to the World
“Health is More than Medicine”
Dr. Hussein Elsangak has worked tirelessly – and effectively – to expand the vision of chiropractic beyond its limited definition as a method of symptom relief. His work on the world stage is moving chiropractors into the realm of being identified globally as primary health care experts in low cost, low risk spinal care that contributes to individuals’ overall wellbeing. Dr. Elsangak’s success in this transformative view of chiropractic is in large part due to Life University’s expansion of the definition of health beyond its physical, emotional, and social aspects to include its spiritual, intellectual and environmental aspects as well.
Dr. Elsangak’s contributions have made Life University – with its Vitalistic approach to wellbeing that is based on chiropractic philosophy – part of the World Health Organization (WHO) team focused on global health of the human being. TCL is pleased to honor Dr. Elsangak for being the heart of this crucial international effort, which he performs out of a sense of abundance far over and above his role as a Life U professor. Over his many years of devotion to the chiropractic cause, Dr. Elsangak has epitomized a saying in his native Egypt: “Let our actions speak louder than our words.”
TCL: For which professional achievements will you most want to be remembered?
Elsangak: Overall, I would like to be remembered for serving as an advocate for the betterment of human health and wellbeing using a holistic approach – and for furthering the understanding that healthcare is more than just medicine.
I represented Life University at the World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organization in May 2014 and 2015 as a delegate of the World Federation of Chiropractic. It was an honor to have been part of conversations about global human health that included such world leaders such as Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dr. Margaret Chang, the Director General of the WHO.
In November 2014, I was elected to become a board member of the Alliance for Health Promotion (A4HP) in Geneva, a non-governmental organization (NGO) of the WHO. Serving in the position provides chiropractic, through Life University, with a global platform where we can make a difference and participate in a global dialogue on health and wellness. Within this dialogue, wellness promotion, disease prevention and empowering people to take charge of their health are the common themes in achieving wellbeing.
TCL: What other projects are you working on now – or have recently completed – that you are most excited about and would like more people to know about?
Elsangak: Along with Dr. John Downes, who oversees Life University’s global initiatives, I’m identifying opportunities related to chiropractic as well as our other academic programs focused on a Vitalistic approach to health, and recently completed the process of establishing an Office of Representation in Geneva.
I’m also excited to continue to support and communicate with the Italian Chiropractic Association to facilitate the negotiation for Life University projects, such as the Rome campus.
And, as always, it’s exciting to assist our alumni in locating practice positions overseas as opportunity arises.
TCL: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Elsangak: I love being part of an organization that has the vision, direction and commitment to become the number one, preeminent Vitalistic institute in the world and spread the message of health and wellness promotion through natural approaches that support the body’s innate capacity for health. The work I do with the WHO is establishing a partnership for the chiropractic profession in support of the common theme projects for global outreach.
TCL readers who would like to know about more about Dr. Elsangak may be interested in this small sample from his education and experience:
- Graduated from Alazhar University Medical School in Cairo, Egypt 1982 and practiced medicine there as a General Practitioner (Internist) for four years
- Enrolled at Life University October 1986 and graduated June 1989 with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree
- Joined the Anglo European College of Chiropractic in England as a clinic faculty in October 1993, supervising the interns in their final stage of education and providing chiropractic spinal health care
- Attained the (CCSP) Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician while in England
- Returned to Life University October 1995, held the position of Department Head of Clinical Proficiency, Division Chair of Clinical Sciences, and Assistant to the Dean for Program Development
- Concluded 300 hour of functional neurology with Carrick Institute
- Delivered more than 100 postgraduate lectures and seminars across the USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico on the topics of Anti Aging, Risk Management, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, as well as health wellness promotion
- Participated in educational, research and patient care conferences for the European Chiropractic Union throughout the last decade in Amsterdam, Dublin, Barcelona and Athens
- Board member of Alliance for Health Promotion in Geneva, an NGO to the WHO, and participated in WHA (World Health Assembly) 2014 and 2015
- Presented on the topic: “Health and Wellness in the work Environment and Education” At the 4th Global Health Promotion Forum in collaboration with the WHO Social Determinant of Health Unit and Geneva University Institute of Global Health
Currently, in addition to his role as LIFE’s ambassador to the WHO, Dr. Elsangak serves as a full time faculty member in the Clinical Sciences Division of Life University’s College of Chiropractic. He can be reached by email at Hussein@LIFE.edu.