About Us

Our Mission

The National Association of Spine Specialists brings together spine care providers and patients as a unified voice in the fight for sound health policy. NASS stresses the importance of policies that preserve patient access to high quality, evidence-based spine care.

NASS maintains a Washington, D.C. office to ensure that members are represented on Capitol Hill and have the inside beat on federal policymaking. Association staff frequently meet with lawmakers, legislative staff, and administrative officials to weigh in on health care policies as they are crafted for the development of new sections to meet the needs of NASS members' varied interests.

Our Leaders

Members of the Advocacy Council are leading advocates for public policies that protect NASS member's abilities to practice medicine and give patients access to the specialists and technologies they require for quality spine care.

Advocacy CouncilMeet our Leadership

Philip Schneider
Philip Schneider
Orthopedic Surgeon
Chair
Jamie Baisden
Neurosurgeon
R. Dale Blasier
Orthopedic Surgeon
Samy Abdou
Neurosurgeon
Paul Anderson
Orthopedic Surgeon
Claude Borowsky
Physiatry/ Rehabilitation Medicine
Alan Brown
Orthopedic Surgeon
Edward Dohring
Orthopedic Surgeon
Jeffrey Epstein
Neurosurgeon
John Finkenberg
Orthopedic Surgeon
Paul Gause
Orthopedic Surgeon
Ronald Karnaugh
Physiatry/ Rehabilitation Medicine
Michael Klein
Orthopedic Surgeon
Donna Lahey
Nurse
Chad Patton
Orthopedic Surgeon
Gregory Przybylski
Neurosurgeon
Gregory Whitcomb
Chiropractor
David Wong
Orthopedic Surgeon

NASS Volunteer SpotlightWhy Advocacy Matters

As physicians and surgeons, our responsibility is to our patients, and we are their advocates. Congress makes decisions that impact every one of us and our ability to take care of our patients, even though many of their experiences in the health care field are limited. It is crucial that we remain in the discussion to educate our lawmakers in order to preserve these interests and advance our field.

Deeptee Jain, MD
Political Engagement Committee Member
Dr. Deeptee Jain grew up in Milwaukee, WI, and after a long hiatus, she returned to the Midwest to join the spine surgery faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Jain completed her residency at the University of California, San Francisco, where she also met her husband, Gareth. After her residency, Dr. Jain spent a year at New York University, Hospital for Joint Diseases, for a fellowship in spine surgery. Dr. Jain enjoys treating all aspects of spinal pathology, especially focusing on minimally invasive spine surgery. In her free time, she likes to train for triathlons and spend time with her new baby girl, Keva