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The American Headache Society’s Emerging Leaders Program is designed to identify and develop future leaders within the Society. We are encouraging young medical professionals to enter and thrive not only in the field of headache medicine, but within the American Headache Society.


Participants will learn about opportunities within the Society to serve on committees, participate in special projects and American Migraine Foundation activities. They will engage with mentors who are leaders in the society and headache medicine, interact with others and lay the groundwork for long-lasting and fulfilling relationships, networking opportunities and collaborations.

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Emerging Leaders Program Committee

A. Laine Green, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FAHS, Chair
Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, Arizona

Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, District of Columbia

Lawrence C. Newman, MD, FAHS
Atria Institute
New York, New York

Kathleen B. Digre, MD, FAHS
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Anna Pace, MD
The Mount Sinai Hospital
New York, New York

Rashmi B. Halker Singh, MD, FAHS
Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, Arizona

Matthew S. Robbins, MD, FAHS
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, New York

Chelsea Hesterman, MD
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Beth Robertson, MD, FAHS
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Elizabeth W. Loder, MD, MPH, FAHS
John R. Graham Headache Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Shivang Joshi, MD, MPH, RPh, FAHS
Clarence Center, New York

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Check back in August 2023!

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The 2023 Emerging Leader’s program will take place on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn, in conjunction with the 2023 Scottsdale Headache Symposium®.

Participants will receive complimentary registration and expenses paid for the 2023 Scottsdale Headache Symposium and 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, and will be assigned a project for which the results will be presented to the AHS Board of Directors in June 2024 at the Annual meeting in San Diego, CA.

Candidate Criteria

  • Must be an AHS member in good standing for at least 1 year
  • Must be within 7 years of having completed training
  • Can currently be a 4th year Resident or Active Fellow
  • Must commit to completing an agreed-upon project to present to the AHS Board of Directors at the 66th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Francisco, CA

Application and Supporting Materials

Applicants must complete the online application form and provide the following supporting materials:

  • CV
  • Letter of Interest demonstrating your interest in organizational leadership, affiliations, positions held (volunteer or paid), academic appointments and other relevant information (with a strong emphasis on commitment to AHS and relevant leadership experience)
  • Letter of support from an active AHS member

Please check back in August 2023 to apply.

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Vimala Bharadwaj, PhD Annika Ehrlich, MS, NP
Abigail Chua, DO Lindsay Frerichs, MD
Michelle Clementi, PhD Daniel Lax, MD


Ashhar Ali, DO Jennifer Hranilovich, MD
Chia-Chun Chiang, MD Abby Metzler, MD
Naveen George, DO Emily Lane Schlitz Fortenberry, MD
Kaitlin Greene, MD


Olivia Begasse de Dhaem, MD Rashmi Rao, MD
Jaclyn Duvall, MD Jennifer Robblee, MD, MS
Lauren Natbony, MD Kevin Weber, MD


Franchesca Fiorito, MD Serena L. Orr, MD
Jessica Kiarashi, MD Anna Pace, MD
Deena Kuruvilla, MD Adam S. Sprouse Blum, MD
Barbara L. Nye, MD


Cynthia Armand, MD Thomas Berk, MD
Meghan Candee, MD, MS Carrie Dougherty, MD, FAHS
Jessica Gautreaux, MD Niushen Zhang, MD


Mark Burish, MD, PhD Zubair Ahmed, MD
Sarah K. Gibbons, DO Juliana VanderPluym, MD
Katherine Hamilton, MD Nada Hindiyeh, MD
Angeliki Vgontzas, MD


A. Laine Green, MD Rashmi Halker, MD
Christina Szperka, MD Umer Najib, MD
Larry Charleston, MD Chelsea Hesterman, MD