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Department of

Neurology & Rehabilitation Medicine 

Headache Division

The Headache Division works through the UC Health Headache and Facial Pain Center of the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute. This program offers hope to people who suffer from headaches and facial pain, but haven’t found adequate relief. While an occasional headache is common, when head pain becomes chronic or debilitating, finding answers and relief may be much more difficult.

Academic Overview

Physicians, fellows, residents, students and other health professionals in this division focus on the three types of primary headache (migraine, tension and cluster headaches) as well as facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia). They can determine if the headaches are caused or triggered by a variety of other disorders such as sinus disease, neck problems, temporomandibular disorders, or other secondary causes of headache like brain tumors or aneurysms.  They can also find out if high or low pressures of spinal fluid are contributing to your headache disorder.    

Areas of Expertise

UC brings together some of the nation’s foremost experts on headache and facial pain in a unique and rare program designed to bring answers and healing. With dozens of clinical specialties, leading treatment approaches and cutting-edge research, the program offers expert care to patients who have complex headache and facial pain conditions to help return them to full function and quality of life. The center has particular expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of high and low pressures of spinal fluid.  

Research Activity

Faculty researcher are engaged in a wide variety of headache/migraine studies. 

Clinical Research in Headache

Our adult program, headed by Dr. Vincent Martin, MD, has been involved in a number of investigation drug trials for migraine and cluster headache.  They have also conducted studies to determine a variety of trigger factors for migraine headache.  They have found that allergies, hay fever, asthma, female hormones and weather are all important precipitants for attacks of migraine. 

Our pediatric program has one of the most active clinical and research programs in the U.S. for childhood headaches. The program, headed by Andrew Hershey, MD, PhD, in the Division of Pediatric Neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, features separate headache treatment centers for young adults and children. 

Reena Shah, MD