Joint Washington Committee for Neurological Surgery

This committee develops and promotes organized neurosurgery’s positions on issues affecting the specialty. Through advocacy, policy development and public relations, the committee and the Washington office work vigorously to defend and protect the ability of neurosurgeons to practice medicine freely and to help ensure the continued advancement of neurological surgery.

This work is critical, as organized neurosurgery continues to be at the forefront of health policy debates and constantly makes it clear to policymakers in the nation’s capital that we are dedicated to advancing neurological surgery andpromoting the highest quality of patient care.

Visit the Legislative Affairs section for information on the committee's current efforts.

Committee Members

Ann R. Stroink Chair
Nicholas C. Bambakidis CNS Appointee
Ganesh Rao CNS Appointee


Ganesh Rao CNS 
Ashwini D. Sharan  CNS
Shelly D. Timmons AANS
Alex V. Valadka  AANS


Anthony L. Asher NeuroPoint Alliance/N2QOD
Maya A. Babu American Medical Association
Deborah L. Benzil Communications and Public Relations Committee
Kenneth S. Blumenfeld American Medical Association
Mary Cloninger NERVES
Rimal H. Dossani Washington Committee-AMA Fellow
Sarah J. Gaskill Pediatric Section
Bharat Guthikonda ACS/AANS Health Policy Scholar 
Sepideh Amin-Hanjani Joint Guidelines Committee
Robert E. Harbaugh Society of Neurological Surgeons
Robert F. Heary Drugs and Devices Committee
Steven N. Kalkanis Joint Guidelines Committee
Frederic B. Meyer ABNS 
Scott A. Meyer Spine Section 
Brian Nahed Tumor Section 
John E. O'Toole Joint Guidelines Committee
Paul L. Penar Quality Improvement Workgroup
Patricia B. Raksin Joint Guidelines Committee 
Joshua M. Rosenow CSNS
Jeffery M. Sorenson Neurosurgery Quality Council 
Mark A. Spatola NeurosurgeryPAC
John K. Ratliff Quality Improvement Workgroup
Khoi Than AANS Young Neurosurgeons Committee
Luis M. Tumialan Coding and Reimbursement Committee 
G. Edward Vates Coding and Reimbursement Committee
William C. Welch ACS; Drugs and Devices Committee 
Christopher J. Winfree Pain Section
Stacey C. Wolfe Trauma Section 
Henry H. Woo CV Section; Coding and Reimbursement Committee
Brett E. Youngerman Washington Committee-AMA Fellow

Staff Liaison

Katie O. Orrico Director, Washington Office