MANHASSET, NY - The department of neurology at North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute (CNI) hosted a congressional visit earlier this week from US Rep. Steve Israel to discuss the role of the neurologist in the treatment of various neurological conditions, as well as the need to dramatically increase research funding in the neurosciences.
The meeting was held at North Shore-LIJ’s outpatient neurology offices at 611 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, NY, and was attended by more than a dozen neurologists including Paul Wright, MD, chair, neurology at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center and Noah Rosen, MD, director, North Shore-LIJ’s Headache Center.
“It was an honor to host this important congressional visit,” said Dr. Wright. “We were excited about Rep. Israel’s keen interest in learning more about our robust team of neurologists and the role we play in the community, treating patients with neurological disorders. We look forward to working collaboratively with the congressman’s office as he continues to seek neuroscience research funding so we can further our advancement in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders which affects millions of people in our region, country and around the world.”
“New York State has a unique opportunity to become the neuroscience research capital of the world because of the critically important work being done at North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute and countless facilities across Long Island,” said Rep. Israel (D-NY). “I am confident that with increased collaboration and funding for research, New York will become a leader in the fight to treat and cure neurological disorders.”
Dr. Rosen, who has been actively involved with several advocacy efforts along with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN,) recently met with Rep. Israel and other members of Congress this past spring, as part of the AAN Neurology and “Neurology on the Hill” and “Headache on the Hill” events.
While in Washington, D.C., Dr. Rosen met with Rep. Israel and others to discuss several key issues, including President Obama’s Brain Initiative and the need for research funding; the importance of supporting headache research as part of the military traumatic brain injury (TBI) bill; and, the importance of supporting an increase in funding for residency positions in order to address the projected physician shortage.
“It was encouraging to revisit these critical issues with Rep. Israel,” said Dr. Rosen. “His mission to make Long Island and New York City serve as the ‘hub” of neuroscience research is promising news. He has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to support the neurosciences and we could not be more pleased to partner with him on such important initiatives.”
About North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute (CNI)
The Cushing Neuroscience Institute (CNI), part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, consists of multidisciplinary clinical and research teams that provide patients with state-of-the-art treatments for the entire spectrum of neurological diseases, including brain aneurysms, AVM’s, stroke, traumatic brain injury, movement disorders, brain and spinal cord tumors, diseases of the spine, muscle and peripheral nerves, Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, epilepsy and neurological diseases of infancy and childhood. To learn more about CNI and its centers of excellence, go to neurocni.com.
About North Shore-LIJ Health System
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 21 hospitals and about 450 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,600 beds, employ more than 13,300 nurses and have affiliations with more than 10,290 physicians. With a workforce of more than 61,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com