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Robert Cowan, MD, FAAN

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Neurology Department 211 Quarry Rd 2nd Fl MC 5992 Stanford, CA 94305
    Tel Work (650) 723-6469 Fax (650) 725-0390
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Tel (650) 724-9753
    Alternate Contact
    Edylen Anit Administrative Associate Tel Work 650-723-5184
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview

Clinical Focus

  • Neurology
  • Headache Medicine

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • President, Headache Cooperative of the Pacific (2012 - present)
  • Director,Stanford Headache Program, Stanford University School of Medicine (2011 - present)
  • Chair, Refractory Headache Special Interest Section, American Headache Society, American Headache Society (2012 - present)
  • Vice President, Headache Cooperative of the Pacific (2007 - 2012)
  • Program Director, Headache Cooperative of the Pacific (2007 - 2011)

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Headache Society (2010)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Neurology (2006)
  • Chief Resident, LAC/USC, Los Angeles, California (1989)
  • Woodrow Wilson Scholar, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts (1972)
  • Magna Cum Laude, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts (1972)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, Board of Directors, Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (2009 - present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Headache Cooperative of the Pacific (2007 - present)
  • Member, Advisory Committee, NCAA Select committee on headache in collegiate atheletes (2013 - present)
  • Member,, American Headache Society (1995 - present)
  • Member, American Academy of Neurology (1990 - present)
  • Member, International Headache Society (2010 - present)

Professional Education

Board Certification: Unified Council of Neurologic Subspecialties, Headache Medicine (2008)
Board Certification: American Academy of Pain Medicine (2000)
Residency: LAC and USC Medical Center CA (1990)
Internship: LAC and USC Medical Center CA (1987)
Medical Education: Keck School of Medicine University of Southern CA CA (1986)
Board Certification: Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1994)

Community and International Work




Postdoctoral Advisees

Yohannes Woldeamanuel

Graduate and Fellowship Program Affiliations

Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Current interest focus on patient education technology and patient/physician communication with a particular emphasis on tools which increase encounter efficiency and improve outcomes. Basic research focuses on mechanisms of action in Chronic Daily Headache, with a particular emphasis on New Daily Persistent Headache. Techniques include fMRI, biomarker investigation and evoked potentials. Clinical research includes clinical trials of novel treatments for episodic and chronic headache forms.

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