Government Relations

The AAOS Government Relations Office promotes and represents the viewpoint of the orthopaedic community before Federal and State legislative, regulatory, and executive agencies. Based in Washington, DC, but also including staff from the AAOS headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois, the Office of Government Relations identifies, analyzes, and directs all health policy activities and initiatives of the AAOS.

With the primary objectives of enhancing access to and quality of orthopaedic care for our patients, major Federal legislative programs of the AAOS, include:

  • Research Capitol Hill Days where patients and their orthopaedic surgeons meet with U.S. Senators and Representatives to advocate increased funding for musculoskeletal research
  • National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference where over 200 orthopaedic surgeons visit Capitol Hill to encourage Congress to address issues such as Medicare reimbursement and medical liability reform

At the State level, the Office of Government Relations assists State orthopaedic societies with their own legislative priorities which are of concern to the AAOS.

Have a question or need more information?

Contact us at:
Phone - 1-202-546-4430
Fax - 1-202-546-5051

Washington Office Staff

Bonda Baxter
Finance and Operations Assistant

Tammy McAthey
Manager, Government Relations

Judi Buckalew
Manager, Regulatory and Government Relations

Elizabeth Fassbender
Communications Specialist

Jamie Gregorian, JD
Senior Manager, Specialty Society Affairs & Research Advocacy

Kevin Kwon, JD
Senior Manager, Regulatory and Government Relations

Constance Lamberson
Executive Assistant

Kristin Leighty
PAC Manager

Eboni Morris
Manager, State Government Relations

Graham Newson

Simit Pandya
Orthopaedic Quality Institute Specialist

Will Shaffer, MD
Medical Director

Kyle Shah
Clinical Quality & Medical Affairs Coordinator

Katrina Wallace
Administrative Assistant

Anthony Wheeler
Manager, Payment Policy

Julie Williams
Senior Manager, Government Relations

Rosemont Office Staff

Erin Lynn Ransford
Manager, Research Development

Joanne S. Willer, CPC
Assistant Health Policy Analyst

Matt Twetten
Sr Manager, Regulatory, Quality & Medical Affairs

Diana Scott
Administrative Assistant