Plenary Sessions

Every year, the annual meeting unites healthcare professionals from various fields such as neurology, physiatry, research, technology, and advanced practice providers. The meeting educates attendees on the latest advancements in NM, MSK, EDX, and NMUS. One of the main highlights of the meeting is the plenary sessions, where renowned speakers present their expertise on topics that are crucial to the assessment and treatment of patients. We invite you to join us and stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the field.

2023 Plenary Topic: Disability and NMDs: The Whole Enchilada

This is going to be a little bit different than the normal AANEM plenary, because we’ll be talking about disability with NMD. The meeting is still going to have your bread and butter NMD topics, but adding in discourse on disability and aging with NMDs and all the things that come up with that is really valuable. We’re taking what we already have, and then giving it another layer. I think this is going to increase the breadth of what we discuss, and make it easier for everybody to find what they need. There really is no other conference like this!

Robert Irwin 2023 AANEM President

Plenary Speakers

Sarcopenia: Aging of Skeletal Muscle and Benefits of Exercise

Lambert Lecture
Walter R. Frontera, MD, PhD
  • Professor of PM&R, Sports Medicine, and Physiology at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

How the Health Care Team Can Support Patients at Critical Points in Their Disease Course

Olney Lecture

Jodi Wolff, PhD, MSSW
  • Vice President of Patient Engagement & Advocacy at Rejuvenate Bio

Adaptive Athletics: Building Confidence in Everything You Do Regardless of Your Circumstances

Peter Hughes
  • Director of Adaptive Athletics at the University of Arizona

Disability in Medical Education: Where Is It?

Reiner Lecture
Margaret A. Turk, MD
  • Vice Chairman of the PM&R Department at SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of PM&R, Pediatrics, and Public Health & Preventive Medicine 

Advocating for Patients Beyond the Clinical Setting: How Providers Can Advance Access and Equality for the NMD Community​

Michael Lewis, MA
  • Director of Disability Policy for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Making Visible the "Invisible": Cognitive Disability in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Surinderjit Singh Young Lecture
Mathula Thangarajh, MD, PhD 
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology at Virginia Commonwealth University