Dr. Karin Swartz is a graduate of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. She completed her neurosurgery residency training at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She then completed a combined orthopedic-neurosurgical spinal fellowship at the Institute for Spinal Disorders, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. She is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Her research interests include spinal cord injury models and therapies as well as degenerative disk therapies. She has won several teaching awards, including Abraham Flexner Master Educator Awards. Dr. Swartz serves as the RUC Advisor for the North American Spine Society; she is a member of the AANS/CNS Joint Section of Spine and Peripheral Nerves Coding Committee, a member of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS) Coding & Reimbursement Committee, the NASS Coding Committee (for which she is also Co-ViceChair), and the NASS Health Care Policy Committee. She is a Delegate from the State of Wisconsin to the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS), is chair of the CSNS Workforce Committee. She has given coding lectures at the Joint Spine Section coding review, NASS coding courses, and AANS coding courses, as well as lectures to the Lexington Chapter of the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPCs).