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Headache Medicine Fellowship

Who we are

The University of Rochester offers a UCNS Accredited one-year Fellowship in Headache Medicine. Our fellowship program accepts one fellow per year.

UCNS Accredited program through 2025

Program Director: Raissa Villanueva MD, MPH


About the program:

Major Clinical and Investigative Interests

This multidisciplinary UCNS approved fellowship provides subspecialty training in adult headache medicine and successful completion of the one year fellowship will allow candidates to be eligible for UCNS certification in headache medicine.

Primary faculty have appointments in the departments of Neurology, Anesthesiology, Neuro-Oncology, Oncology, Pediatric Neurology, Ophthalmology, & Headache Medicine.

The program is designed to cover the full range of headache disorders, including but not limited to:

  • Outpatient and inpatient clinical evaluation and management of the full spectrum of headache disorders including tension headaches, migraine, trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, high and low pressure headaches and rare headache disorders
  • Development of procedural skills such as peripheral nerve blocks (supraorbital, auriculotemporal, and occipital), SPG blocks (sphenopalatine ganglion), trigger point injections, onabotulinum toxin injections, lumbar punctures and infusion therapy.

 

Curriculum:

Along with time spent in the Headache Clinic conducting E/M and procedure visits, fellows will have rotations in the outpatient and inpatient settings including:

  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Pain management
  • Lumbar Puncture Clinic
  • Balance Disorders and Dizziness
  • Orofacial Pain, Otolaryngology

The fellowship also strongly encourages individual research projects, including clinical research and/or quality/process improvement projects.

Faculty

  • Raissa Villanueva M.D., M.P.H., Program Director
  • Caren Douenias M.D., Headache Medicine
  • Jerry Kong, D.O., Headache Medicine
  • Zoe Williams, M.D., Ophthalmology
  • Bayan Al Othman, M.D., Ophthalmology
  • Joseph Poli, M.D., Anesthesiology
  • Marina Connolly, M.D., Neurology Pediatrics
  • Junad Khan, B.D.S., Orofacial Pain and TMJ Disorders
  • Benjamin Crane, M.D., Otolaryngology
  • Gary Paige, M.D., Balance Disorders and Dizziness

Our Fellows:

Joseph Pittari, MD

Major Clinical and Investigative Interests

This multidisciplinary UCNS approved fellowship provides subspecialty training in adult headache medicine and successful completion of the one year fellowship will allow candidates to be eligible for UCNS certification in headache medicine.

Primary faculty have appointments in the departments of Neurology, Anesthesiology, Neuro-Oncology, Oncology, Pediatric Neurology, Ophthalmology, & Headache Medicine.

The program is designed to cover the full range of headache disorders, including but not limited to:

  • Outpatient and inpatient clinical evaluation and management of the full spectrum of headache disorders including tension headaches, migraine, trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, high and low pressure headaches and rare headache disorders
  • Development of procedural skills such as peripheral nerve blocks (supraorbital, auriculotemporal, and occipital), SPG blocks (sphenopalatine ganglion), trigger point injections, onabotulinum toxin injections, lumbar punctures and infusion therapy.

Fellows will have rotations in the outpatient and inpatient settings, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Pain management, Lumbar Puncture Clinic, and Pediatric Headache. The fellowship also strongly encourages individual research projects, including clinical research and/or quality/process improvement projects.

Fellow Requirements

  • Fellow must be a graduate of a residency in Neurology or other specialties accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RPSC).
  • Fellow must possess a current valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United State or Canada or its territories.
  • Fellow must be board certified or eligible for certification in a primary ABMS or RCPSC specialty.


UCNS Program Number: HM1037

Term of Fellowship: 12 months

Number of Fellows per Year: 1

How to Apply

The University of Rochester offers a UCNS Accredited one-year Fellowship in Headache Medicine. Our fellowship program accepts one fellow per year.  Applications and Interviews are accepted on a rolling basis. We are currently enrolled in NRMP Match.

Contact Us

All correspondence and questions concerning the Headache Medicine Fellowship Program should be directed to:

Raissa Villanueva MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Neurology
Medical Director, Ambulatory Operations
Division Chief, General Neurology
Division Chief,  Headache
Director, Headache Medicine Fellowship Program
Phone: 585-341-7500

Raissa_villanueva@URMC.rochester.edu

Dawn Morris
Headache Medicine Division Administrator
Department of Neurology | University of Rochester Medical Center
919 Westfall Road, Building C, Suite 220 | Rochester, NY  14618
Phone: 585-341-7599 (weekdays 8:00 am - 4:30 pm EST)
Fax: 585-461-9078

Dawn_Morris@URMC.Rochester.edu