timetable  Apr 24, 2018 EST
person-icon  Dr. Richard Lipton, Dawn Buse PhD, Dr. Matthew Robbins
  Montefiore Headache Center

What to Expect at a Headache Clinic

Key Questions

  • How do you know when you should visit a headache clinic?
  • What should a patient expect at a headache clinic?
  • How often does a doctor meet with patients who are working on strategies to facilitate lifestyle changes?
  • This isn’t just in my head. I’m not crazy. I don’t need to see a psychologist! Why might seeing a health psychologist be part of the treatment at a headache clinic?
  • Are yoga, art therapy, meditation and mindfulness training as important as physical therapy and occupational therapy to manage overall stress?
  • How are patients coached on lifestyle changes that are helpful and those that are not?
  • How do patients prepare to meet a headache specialist and what should they expect?
  • What treatment alternatives are discussed patients at a headache clinic?
  • What types of neuromodulation and investigational therapies do headache centers use?
  • What types of investigative therapies are available for migraine prevention and treatment at a headache clinic?
  • What types of procedural therapies are available at a headache clinic?
  • How is progress defined at a headache clinic?
  • Do headache clinics have more access to investigational therapies?
  • Are there medications that headache clinics have access to that a primary care physician or neurologist will not?
  • What are the differences between an in-patient and an out-patient headache center?
  • Is it worth long distance travel if there are no headache clinics near a patient?
Richard Lipton MD Bio

A noted authority on headaches and migraine, Dr. Richard B. Lipton is director of the Montefiore Headache Center and the Edwin S. Lowe Chair of Neurology at Albert Einstein University in The Bronx, New York. Dr. Lipton is recognized internationally for his leadership in the diagnosis, classification, and treatment of headache disorders. A prolific researcher and writer, Dr. Lipton has published eight books and more than 600 original articles and reviews. He is a recipient of the Medical Book Award from the British Medical Association for his text Headache in Clinical Practice. Dr. Lipton serves on the advisory council of the International Headache Society and is a former president of the American Headache Society. He is also an associate editor of Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache (the journal of the International Headache Society) and sits on the editorial boards of several journals, including Neurology. He is a three-time recipient of the H.G. Wolff Award for excellence in research from the American Headache Society (AHS). Dr. Lipton is also professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and of epidemiology and population health.

Dawn Buse PhD Bio

Dr. Dawn C. Buse is a professor in the Department of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University and an assistant professor in the Clinical Health Psychology Doctoral Program at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. She is a clinical psychologist and a fellow of the American Headache Society and was previously Director of Behavioral Medicine for the Montefiore Headache Center in New York. Dr. Buse is a co-investigator on the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention (AMPP) Study, the Chronic Migraine Epidemiology and Outcomes (CAMEO) Study and the International Burden of Migraine (IBMS) Study. She is on the American Headache Society Board of Directors and the American Academy of Neurology Digital Strategy Subcommittee.

Dr. Buse has co-authored 76 peer-reviewed scientific journals, 54 review articles and book chapters and 343 scientific abstracts.  Her manuscripts have won the American Headache Society’s “Wolff Award” twice, the Italian Society for the Study of Headache’s “Enrico Greppi Award” twice, the British Medical Journal’s“Patient’s Choice Award”, and the 2015 “Headache Reader’s Choice” Award.  In 2009 she won the National Headache Foundation, “Partners in Excellence” Award and in 2016 she won the American Headache Society “Seymour Solomon” Award. Dr. Buse is the psychological and behavioral section editor for Current Pain and Headache Reports and she serves on the advisory board of the Journal of Headache and Pain, Pain Management News, and Pain Pathways Magazine.

Mathew Robbins MD Bio

Dr. Matthew Robbins is the Director of Inpatient Services at Montefiore Headache Center, one of the top headache clinics in the world. Dr. Matthew Robbins specializes in headache in pregnancy, the elderly, unusual headaches and migraine auras. He is an associate editor for the medical journal Headache, and is on the Board of Directors of the American Headache Society. More importantly, he’s a Dad who knows the joy of childbirth and the pain of migraine, and works with prospective parents to prepare and manage migraine during pregnancy as painlessly as possible. Follow @MRobbinsMD on Twitter.



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