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Robert Cowan, MD, FAAN

Academic Appointments

Key Documents

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

Projects

Courses

2013-14

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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