February 25-26, 2019 | Washington, DC

2019 Neurology on the Hill

Application will be available Fall 2018


Read endorsements from Neurology on the Hill participants.

Academy Fellow

"The Massachusetts contingent, eight persons strong, met with the health aides to Senators Kerry and Brown. We had a chance to speak briefly with Senator Brown in the hallway to recap what we had spoken about with his aide. 

We then divided and conquered, meeting with Representatives Barney Frank, James McGovern, and others. We discussed with them the need for more neurologists in the United States and the need for incentives for medical students to choose neurology as a career. 

To that end, we asked for their support in having neurology added to the list of cognitive care physicians who are to receive increased reimbursement for E/M services. 

I like to think that our meetings played some small part in the recent introduction of the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act, sponsored by Representatives Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) and Joe Heck (R-NV), a provision of which would increase the number of cognitive specialties receiving increased reimbursement. 

During our orientation session, we were told that each year we meet face-to-face with an increasing number of representatives and senators directly. This is a sign that the AAN is a presence on Capitol Hill and a group to be dealt with seriously." - Janice Wiesman, MD, FAAN



"For the past two years, I have been able to participate in Neurology on the Hill as a member of the California delegation. I was able to meet our state and federal congressional representatives and had the opportunity to discuss advocacy issues on Capitol Hill. 

As a pediatric neurology resident, Neurology on the Hill has been incredibly unique in that it exposed me to how the AAN works to advance neurology related and patient care related issues with our lawmakers. Additionally, I was introduced to some of the state and federal issues affecting colleagues in other practice settings. Finally, my experience with this event has provided a unique platform to network with other neurologists interested in similar advocacy issues and ultimately led to the development of an advocacy project at my home institution. 

Understanding the advocacy issues present in the field of neurology and how to properly lobby for change has been amazing as an introduction to governmental relations in medicine. Neurology on the Hill has provided me with a platform to become a physician-advocate with the goal of advancing patient care and our field. I look forward to continuing to participate in Neurology on the Hill and other advocacy events through the AAN." - Jonathan Santoro, MD


Active Member

"Our own contingent met with the staff of six representatives, five of whom were available thanks to members of our group being from their district, and another who was gracious enough to hear us when we just dropped by. 

We left behind Academy materials on the critical role of the neurologist in healthcare and our key issues at four additional offices. We also met the staff of our two Florida senators. At the end of the day, we were physically exhausted but proud of having shown up to have our voices heard on Capitol Hill." - Glen Finney, MD