Katherine Orrico

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Director, Washington Office



25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Suite 610

Washington, DC 20001




The Catholic University of America (B.A. 1985)
The Antonin Scalia Law School (J.D. 1991)


Katie O. Orrico, Esq., is the director of the Washington Office of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), and has represented organized neurosurgery before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies since 1985. A native Washingtonian, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, with honors, from The Catholic University of America in 1985. Upon graduation, she worked as a legislative assistant for CLP Associates, a small health advocacy firm, where she represented the AANS and CNS, among other health care clients. While working for CLP Associates, Katie pursued her law degree at night, and in 1991 earned her Juris Doctor degree from the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. In 1997, she was selected to become the director of the AANS and CNS Washington Office, upon the establishment of a full-time office. She is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
In her capacity as the AANS/CNS Washington Representative, Katie works closely with other medical societies on several legislative coalitions. She is one of the founding members of the Alliance of Specialty Medicine, which represents 14 national medical specialty societies with over 100,000 physician members. The Alliance was formed in 2001 to give the specialty medicine a collective voice in Washington, DC and Katie is a member of the Alliance’s leadership. She is also the vice-chair of the Health Coalition on Liability and Access, a coalition dedicated to enacting federal medical liability reform legislation. In 2008, Katie was invited to serve as a founding member of the steering committee of the Partnership to Improve Patient Care, an initiative whose mission is to raise awareness about the value of well-designed comparative effectiveness research. In 2011, Katie joined with her colleagues in anesthesiology and obstetrics and gynecology, in organizing a coalition of physician organizations aimed at repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB. In 2012, Katie helped establish the Physician Clinical Registry Coalition, which focuses on legislative and regulatory policy issues affecting clinical data registries. Most recently, in 2015, she was invited to participate on the AMA-led MACRA Task Force and MIPS Workgroup.
Katie also serves as the AANS/CNS staff liaison to a number of health care organizations, including: the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, American College of Surgeons/Surgical Coalition, American Medical Association, Coalition of Patient Centered Imaging, GME Advocacy Coalition and the Medical Device Coalition.




Katie is frequently invited to speak on such topics as Medicare reimbursement, quality improvement, medical liability reform, graduate medical education and the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). Ms. Orrico is also a regular contributor to several neurosurgical publications, and is a member of the editorial boards of the AANS Neurosurgeon, Congress Quarterly and Neurosurgery Blog.


Distinguished Service Award, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (2003)
Distinguished Service Award, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (2010)
Honorary Membership, American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery (2012)
Leibrock Lifetime Achievement Award, AANS/CNS Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (2016)
Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award, American Medical Association (2016)


American Health Lawyers Association
American Society of Medical Association Counsel
Virginia Bar Association