The GW Medical Faculty Associates Headache Center was established in July 2015 to fulfill two primary objectives:
Approach to Headache Management
In treating patients with headache-and migraine headache in particular- the GW Headache Center is dedicated to the proposition that patients who take an active role in managing their headache disorder will experience a more favorable clinical outcome than patients who abdicate responsibility for management to the health care provider (HCP). Thus the Center places a strong emphasis on patient education, and from the initial visit onward patients are provided with a variety of educational aids to assist them in understanding the origin of their headaches and how their headache burden may be most effectively reduced. While the Center’s provider is always available to serve as “navigator” and, specifically, to explain the various management options available, treatment itself is a “two-way street”: a therapeutic alliance in which the patient is an active participant.
Patients who come to the Center’s clinics receive a thorough evaluation by neurology providers who have been trained specifically in the field of headache medicine, and each patient is provided with a specific diagnosis and a management plan that is tailored to his/her particular needs.
Patients who have been evaluated at the Center and are having difficulties despite following the management plan designed for them are advised to contact the Center to request assistance. If the patient’s problem cannot be managed by email or phone, he/she will be scheduled for prompt clinic follow-up and a face-to-face evaluation.
Providers Referring to the Center