Emerging Leaders

Thank you for your interest in the AAN Emerging Leaders Forum. Program enhancements are currently underway. Look for applications to open in April, 2017!

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Bonnie Sova, Senior Administrator, Leadership Programs, at 612-928-6164.



Sixteen AAN members were selected for the 2015 Emerging Leaders Forum.

Emerging LeadersMentors
Erika Fullwood Augustine, MDAnn Tilton, MD, FAAN
Stacey Clardy, MD, PhDJanice Massey, MD, FAAN
Prabhu Dayal Emmady, MDNeil Busis, MD, FAAN
Amanda C. Guidon, MDCarlayne Jackson, MD, FAAN
Deborah Hall, MD, PhDJanis Miyasaki, MD, FAAN
Ihtsham Haq, MDCindy Comella, MD, FAAN
Lyell K. Jones, MDTerry Cascino, MD, FAAN
Adam Kelly, MDJohn Morris, MD, FAAN
Shannon M. Kilgore, MDRobert C. Griggs, MD, FAAN
Mia T. Minen, MDLisa DeAngelis, MD, FAAN
Augusto A. Miravalle, MDAaron Miller, MD, FAAN
Tamara M. Pringsheim, MDAllison Brashear, MD, FAAN
Alexander PantelyatBob Gross, MD, FAAN
Kevin N. Sheth, MDRalph Sacco, MD, FAAN
Parthasarathy Thirumala, MDJim Stevens, MD, FAAN
David B. Watson, MDRalph Jozefowicz, MD, FAAN

I have found the ELF program to be very rewarding... any neurologist looking for a professional development opportunity should consider applying.

~ Lyell Jones, MD

Participation in the ELF program has been an incredibly valuable and rewarding experience. In addition to getting to work with much of the current and future leadership of the AAN, I've learned so much about being a leader, working as a group toward a common goal, and appreciating the different talents people bring to the table. Anyone interested in AAN involvement, local leadership, or just growing professionally should strongly consider the ELF program.

~ David Watson, MD

Connecting with a mentor who was nationally recognized as a leader in our field who was engaging, available, and inspiring has been one of the hallmarks of the program!

~ Kevin Sheth, MD

The ways in which the ELF program has enriched my professional life are countless. I have most enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with AAN staff and leadership, as it has provided an in-depth look at how the AAN functions, and I now know immediately who to call when I have a question or concern. The friendships formed with my ELF classmates were also an unexpected benefit and have made the experience so fun."

~ Shannon Kilgore, MD


The Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni Workgroup is responsible for keeping current and past class members of ELF engaged and connected. 

Alumni Workgroup Members
  • Deborah Hall, MD, PhD, FAAN - Chair
  • Stacey Clardy, MD, PhD
  • Jori Fleisher, MD
  • Yolanda Holler, MD, FAAN
  • Jeff McClean, MD, FAAN
  • Augusto Miravalle, MD, FAAN
  • Maisha Robinson, MD, MS
  • Kevin Sheth, MD, FAAN

The Workgroup is charged with three primary responsibilities:

  1. Engagement
    • Current/future Alumni (professional and social engagement)
    • The Academy (promote participation on committees, mentorship opportunities, speaking opportunities, etc.)
  2. Development
    • Within the Academy: networking with leaders, advocating for leadership roles, forum for advice and guidance
    • Outside the Academy: networking; helping Alumni take skills/energy and translate it into growth in other institutions/organizations, helping with academic promotions, research proposals, etc.
  3. Surveillance:
    • Tracking involvement of the ELF Alumni: how engaged are they, what have they accomplished, celebrating success at the yearly gathering


This program is supported in part by Allergan, Inc.; Lilly; Lundbeck LLC; Sanofi Genzyme; and Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

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