During residency, Dr. Nathan completed research projects leveraging big data to track spine surgery patient outcomes, including studies examining decreased opioid use following various spine operations. He received a Charles Kuntz Scholar Award from the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves for this work. Building off research on socioeconomic issues in neurosurgery, Dr. Nathan has pursued numerous opportunities to study and shape health policy. He served as a US Senate Health Policy Fellow in the office of Senator Bill Cassidy in 2018, researching and advising the Senator on issues ranging from Medicare reform, telemedicine, prescription drug pricing, and medical devices. Following completion of the competitive Council of State Neurosurgical Societies Socioeconomic Fellowship in 2019, he continues to serve as organized neurosurgery’s Washington Committee Fellow, advocating for federal health policy to improve care for neurosurgical patients. He also advises the American College of Surgeons’ Health Policy and Advocacy Group, serving a three-year term as its sole resident/associate representative.