Dr. Suraj Malhan

Dr. Suraj Malhan: Advocacy in Neurology

Dr. Suraj Malhan is an example of how individuals can use personal experiences to drive change and make a difference in the lives of others. By sharing his story, he is advocating for better understanding, treatment, and support for people with migraine.

Miles for Migraine’s Advocacy Stories project is a platform for individuals to share experiences and stories about health advocacy. The project is not exclusive to migraine and headache disorders. It welcomes anyone who has a story to tell about advocating for themselves or others.

The project is not limited to people who personally experience migraine or headache disorders. Advocacy can take many forms. Through sharing stories, individuals can raise awareness about the challenges they face and the work that needs to be done.

Learn more about our Advocacy Stories Here

Here is a story told by Dr. Suraj Malhan

Dr. Suraj Malhan

Dr. Suraj Malhan, Physician in Neurology

As a resident physician in Neurology, I am deeply committed to advocating for patients with migraine and headache disorders. Migraine disease is a debilitating neurological disorder that affects millions of people worldwide.   I am passionate about spreading awareness and providing support for those who live with this condition. I am determined to help patients find the relief they deserve.

During my training, I was struck by the impact that migraine disease has on the daily lives of patients and their abilities to function at work or home. I also realized that many people with migraine and headache disorders were not receiving proper diagnosis or treatment. There was a need for increased awareness and education among healthcare providers and the public. To provide that awareness, I have dedicated myself to staying up to date on the latest research and treatment options for migraine disease.  I  am committed to advocating for my patients and educating others about this debilitating condition. Through my work, I hope to make a difference in the lives of those with migraine disease and to improve their overall qualities of life.

Dr. Suraj Malhan and Advocacy

My interest in advocacy first began during medical school. As a former vice president of the American Medical Association, I had the opportunity to participate in several federal and state advocacy initiatives on healthcare issues affecting patients and physicians. I continued my advocacy journey while in residency through Miles for Migraine and the American Migraine Foundation. Through these organizations, I have raised public awareness for migraine disease and pushed for more research and healthcare funding.  I truly believe advocacy should be a part of the patient’s treatment plan. 

Through advocacy, I hope to promote a better understanding of migraine disease and encourage further research into its causes and treatments. I aim to raise awareness about the importance of seeking medical attention for migraine and to empower individuals with migraine and headache disorders to take control of their health and well-being. There are many ways to get involved, and one great way is to participate in a Miles for Migraine Run, Walk, or Relax event.

Dr. Suraj Malhan Makes a Difference

All in all, migraine disease is a complex neurological condition and the 2nd leading cause of disability. Yet, it remains widely misunderstood and stigmatized. My commitment and passion for migraine advocacy stems from my desire to improve the lives of individuals living with this debilitating condition. By raising awareness and advocating for change, we can help break down these barriers and ensure that everyone living with migraine receives the care and support they need. Together, we can make a real difference in the lives of those affected by this condition, and work towards a brighter future for all.

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is the act of speaking up, raising awareness, and fighting for a cause. It is about using one’s voice and influence to make a positive change. Advocacy can be done on an individual level, such as sharing personal experiences, or on a larger scale, such as participating in advocacy events or campaigns.

Advocacy is particularly important in the field of healthcare, where patients may face challenges such as stigma, discrimination, and inadequate access to care. By speaking up and advocating for themselves and others, patients can help raise awareness about their condition, improve access to care, and advance research.

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Dr. Suraj Malhan participated in the ACT Now: Fellows and Advocacy Training Program.

Why Should You Submit Your Advocacy Story?

One of the most important aspects of advocacy is the ability to share personal stories. By sharing your experiences, you can help others understand what it is like to live with your condition. It highlights the importance of finding better treatments and a cure. Personal stories can also help reduce stigma and increase empathy.

In summary, advocacy is a powerful tool that can help raise awareness, reduce stigma, and advance research. By sharing personal stories, you can make a positive difference in the lives of others. Do you have an advocacy story like Dr. Suraj Malhan?

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Read more about the ACT Now 2023 program Dr. Malhan and many others completed.

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