Headache Clinic

Our Team

Robert P. Cowan, MD, FAAN

Robert P. Cowan, MD, FAAN

Dr. Robert Cowan is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Headache Program at Stanford University. Prior to joining Stanford he was the founding medical director of the Keeler Center for the Study of Headache (Ojai, CA) and senior clinical research scientist in molecular neurobiology at Huntington Medical Research Institutes (Pasadena, CA).

Dr. Cowan attended University of Southern California, Keck Medical School, completed a residency program at USC Department of Neurology and served on faculty there until 2000. He is Board Certified in the areas of: Psychiatry and Neurology and Pain Medicine. He also holds subspecialty certification in Headache Medicine.  Dr. Cowan is widely published in various scientific journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association Cephalalgia, and Headache. In addition, Dr. Cowan holds several nationally elected positions, including chair of the section on complementary and alternative medicine for the American Headache Society. He is Vice President of the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and sits on the board of the Alliance for Headache Diseases Advocacy.

Sheena Aurora, MD

Sheena Aurora, MD

Sheena K. Aurora, MD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Aurora is a board certified physician in neurology and headache specializing in headache disorders and novel treatments for migraine.

A national leader in headache research and treatment, she was the lead investigator for the PREEMPT1 trial which led to approval for BOTOX® for chronic migraine. She will be leading several clinical trials involving new drugs and novel use of alternative treatments such as transcranial magnetic brain stimulation for the treatment of headaches.

Dr. Aurora is active on several committees and boards at the American Academy of Neurology and serves as Chair of the Headache Science Working Group. Additionally, she is involved with the National Institute for Health Headache Research Planning, sits on the Migraine Research Foundation Medical Advisory Board, and the American Headache Society Board of Directors.

Dr. Aurora received her medical degree at Christian Medical College in Ludhiana, India and completed her internship at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her residency in neurology and was fellowship trained in headache and neurophysiology at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan.

Meredith Barad, MD

Meredith Barad, MD

Dr. Meredith Barad is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesia (Pain Management), at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Her current clinical research involves the development of pathways for the treatment of headache both in the hospital and clinic setting. She is currently on a training grant from the American Academy of Neurology to study the use of real-time fMRI in the treatment of chronic pain.  Dr. Barad also has a strong interest in medication overuse headache and the use of a multi-disciplinary program for treatment.

Dr. Barad attended Stanford University Medical School and completed her residency at Stanford Hospital and Clinics where she was Chief Resident of Neurology. She is board certified in the areas of Pain Medicine and Neurology and holds memberships with the American Academy of Neurology, American Pain Society, American Headache Society, and National Headache Foundation.

Carol A. Barch, MN, FNP-BC

Carol A. Barch, MN CRNP

Carol received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Wayne State University, and a master's and post-master's nursing degree from Emory University. She is a board-certified family nurse practitioner, has received national specialty certification in critical care nursing and neuroscience nursing, and a member of the American Headache Society.

Carol has been nationally recognized for her work in cerebrovascular disease. Over the years, she has made several national and local presentations, published multiple articles and consulted in North America on health care systems providing acute stroke care. Recently, Carol transitioned to bring her expertise to the Stanford Headache and Facial Pain clinic, expanding her scope of practice.

As a nurse practitioner on the team, she provides follow-up care to patients working to meet their goals in medication and lifestyle management for headache and facial pain. Her areas of interest include integrative medicine and patient education.

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