Headache Medicine Fellowship |MedStar Georgetown University Hospital | MedStar Health

The MedStar Health—Georgetown University Hospital Fellowship Program in Headache Medicine

A team of physicians from the MedStar Health headache center smile as they pose for a group photog.

Headache is the most common chief complaint presented to neurology. Even though over 39 million people have migraines in the U.S., there are fewer than 600 UCNS-accredited headache medicine specialists, which results in high demand for fellowship graduates. Graduates have excellent opportunities in a field that combines the best of neurology, women’s health, family practice, and procedural interventions.

Our Headache Medicine fellowship is a one-year UCNS accredited program available to graduates of U.S. neurology residencies, where fellows receive extensive clinical training in the evaluation and management of headache disorders. The primary educational setting is a supervised outpatient continuity clinic in McLean, VA. Education and didactics focus on history and physical exam skills specific to headache patients, diagnostic evaluation, and therapeutic management.

Why train here

We strive to train physicians who are competent in all aspects of headache medicine, and who should capably perform the duties of his or her specialty in any clinical or academic setting with professionalism and integrity. Fellows will gain training and experience in infusion treatment for refractory status migraine, procedural techniques including neurotoxin and peripheral nerve blocks. In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to participate in clinical research including investigator initiated trial design and subject recruitment and selection.


The fellowship is a longitudinal continuity clinic that includes outpatient evaluations four days a week and one day dedicated to academic study, didactics, and research. Each of the two fellows have an independent patient population separate from the faculty. Didactics include weekly zoom lectures and journal club monthly. Fellows are expected to design a clinical research project in collaboration with faculty.

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Edwin Mayah

Edwin J. Mayah MHA, MBA

Neurology Department Residency, Fellowships & Clerkship Programs