Donna Lahey has been actively involved with NASS for over 25 years, having followed a wide ranging clinical, surgical, research and administrative career path in both Academic and “Privademic” settings.
She became one of the first non- MD/DO/PhD (associate) members of NASS in 1995, and Is one of only four NASS associate members who was approved for full membership in NASS, in 2015. That same year, she received the NASS David Selby Service Award for “contributions to the art and science of spinal disorder management.”
Over the last two decades she has actively served on multiple NASS committees, including the Coding, Payor Policy Review, Resident and Fellow Education, Allied Health, CME, Distinction Task Force, Advocacy Council, and Nominating Committees. She co-founded the NASS Resident and Fellow Course in 2013 and has co-chaired it from 2013 to Present. She has been the Director of the NASS Coding Course since 2016 and is currently Co-chair of the Distinction Task Force Committee. Additionally, she is an abstract reviewer for the NASS Annual Meeting and the Summer Spine Course and has presented at both national and international meetings on behalf of NASS, including the 2016 and 2018 Dubai Arab Spine Diploma Course and the 2016 International Conference of the Chinese Orthopaedic Association. Most recently she has developed a new- found passion for Advocacy, co-chairing the Advocacy Committee. She travels to Washington, DC several times a year to discuss the needs of spine care specialists with congressmen and senators.
Outside of NASS, her career has taken many forms: She is a published clinical researcher, has assisted on thousands of spine surgeries as a Registered Nurse First Assist, has cared for office and hospital patients, has taught students, residents, and fellows, and is a specialist in Billing and Coding. For the last 15 years she has been the CEO of the Spine Institute of Arizona, a multi-disciplinary surgeon / PM&R / pain management / chiropractic / physical therapy spine care group.