Board of Advisors

Meet our Board of Advisors

Eric Muehlbauer

Eric Muehlbauer

Vice Chairman

Eric Muehlbauer, MJ, CAE has been Executive Director of the North American Spine Society since September 1994. He became a Certified Association Executive in 2002. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Knox College where he was the Hunter Trophy winner (highest GPA of athletes) and holds the record for most career punt returns. He also has Masters of Jurisprudence in Health Law & Policy from Loyola University Chicago Law School. He has done additional coursework on Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management at the Harvard University School of Business. NASS has become a well-respected voice in the health policy field and a leader in the areas of Ethics and Hands-on Education through use of its Spine Education and Research Center. He is a member of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics (ASLME) and the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE).


Heidi Prather

Heidi Prather

DO

Dr. Prather received her medical degree from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Northwestern University. She is a Professor and Chief of Section for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation within the department of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University. She has served as President to the North American Spine Society, and was the Past-President of the Physiatric Association of Spine Sports and Occupational Medicine. She co-founded the Sports Medicine Fellowship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Washington University. Her clinical interests include conservative management of musculoskeletal conditions with special interest in young adult hip, spine, female athletes, and women’s health. She joined NASS in 2002 and currently serves on the NASS Board of Advisors as President, is a member of the Executive Committee and board member for the North American Spine Specialists.


Ted Dreisinger, PhD

Ted Dreisinger, PhD

Dr. Dreisinger received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairmont State College, his Master of Science degree from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and his Doctoral degree in exercise physiology from the University of Missouri. From 1987 to 1997, he was research director for the Columbia Spine Center, an affiliate of the Columbia Orthopaedic Group. From 1996 through 2000, he was Vice President for Cumulative Trauma Injury Prevention of Prevention First, Inc. a consulting firm dedicated to the reduction of upper extremity cumulative trauma incidents and low back injuries in industry with clients like United Airlines and Tyson Foods. Dr. Dreisinger's background spans 28 years of clinical experiences in rehabilitation, orthopedics and physical medicine. He has taught at the university level, presented a number of scientific papers, and published articles in numerous biomedical journals including Spine, Orthopedics, Journal of Rheumatology, Sports Medicine, Paraplegia, and the Journal of Cardiac Rehabilitation.


John Finkenberg, MD

John Finkenberg, MD

Dr. Finkenberg has been in private practice for 22 years in San Diego, California. He attended UCLA, majored in Psychobiology while playing football and baseball and later attended UCLA Medical School. Following his Orthopedic Residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, he completed fellowship training in advanced spinal reconstruction surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He has helped develop many instrumentation systems that are currently being utilized by surgeons around the world. He frequently lectures to surgeons both nationally and internationally on spinal surgery clinical outcomes and technique. Dr. Finkenberg has authored several textbook chapters. He is an Associate Editor for The Spine Journal. He has been an active participant in NASS Advocacy; he makes frequent trips to Washington DC to meet with Senators/Congressmen to discuss Healthcare Policy.


Janet R Maurer, MD, MBA

Janet R Maurer, MD, MBA

Dr. Maurer serves as VP, Quality, Compliance, and Appeals and Operations Medical Director for NIA Magellan, a national medical specialty vendor. She is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, where she directs the Health Care Transformation curricular theme designed to prepare students for non-clinical aspects of medical practice and co-directs the Pulmonary Renal Acid-Base module for first year students. She came to NIA Magellan from Health Dialog, a disease management company where she was VP, Provider Relations, and focused on development of clinical decision support educational programs for physicians and patients. She also served as Transplant Program Medical Director at CIGNA for more than 4 years and developed a Centers of Excellence credentialing program and national transplant network.

Dr. Maurer received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, and completed her internal medicine residency at Emory University Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA. She completed a pulmonary fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, CA, and subsequently practiced in the VA Hospital, Bronx, NY, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, CA and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH. In both Toronto and Cleveland, she led ground-breaking programs in the medical management of progressive lung disease and lung transplantation and published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in that area.

After 20 years of clinical practice and clinical research, she completed an MBA and certification in Sigma Black Belt and changed careers to administrative medicine and teaching. She also serves on non-profit Boards of Arizona Broadway Theatre and CHEST (American College of Chest Physicians) where she chairs the Joint Financial Oversight Committee. She previously served on the Board of Trustees of the CHEST Foundation as member and Secretary.


Jeff Wang, MD

Jeff Wang, MD

Dr. Wang earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences at Stanford University and his M.D. degree at the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. He did his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA and completed a fellowship in Spine Surgery at Case Western Reserve University. In 1997, he joined the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, in 2002 also was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, and became Associate Professor in both disciplines in 2003. He became Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and spine fellowship director since 1997. In 2013, was recruited to the University of Southern California Spine Center. He is currently a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at the Keck Medical Center at USC, Co-Director of the USC Spine Center and Fellowship Director of the USC Spine Fellowship.