Stanford Headache and Facial Pain Program Team

Robert P. Cowan, MD, FAAN, FAHS
Higgins Family Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences and, by courtesy, Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology

Dr. Robert Cowan is Higgins Family 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). Prior to that he founded and directed the Headache program at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine.

Dr. Cowan attended University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, 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 has held several nationally elected positions, including chair of the section on Chronic Daily Headache for the American Headache Society. He is past-President of the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific, a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society.  He sits on the boards of the Alliance for Headache Diseases Advocacy and the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific. He is an ad hoc reviewer for a variety of journals, and an active mentor in the Stanford BioDesign Program.


Meredith Barad, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesia

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.

 


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Danielle D. DeSouza, MSc, PhD
Instructor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Danielle DeSouza, PhD, is a neuroscientist in the department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences. Her research focuses on the use of neuroimaging methods to study brain abnormalities and treatment-related plasticity in patients with chronic daily headache.  Her overall research goal is to combine multimodal neuroimaging approaches to understand the basic mechanisms and biomarkers underlying headache phenotypes to inform individual treatment strategies

Dr. DeSouza received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto in Neuroscience and Psychology. She completed her master’s degree in rehabilitation science and received her PhD from the University of Toronto’s Institute of Medical Science and Neuroscience Collaborative program.


Elizabeth Ekpo
Clinical Instructor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Ekpo is a board certified neurologist and a clinical instructor in the Department of Neurology. She takes high interest in behavioral and psychiatric aspects of treating headache & facial pain. Her research interests include improving the efficiency of diagnosing various headache types, and uncommon etiologies for chronic headache.

Dr. Ekpo graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology / Pre-Medicine, and then attended University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for medical school. She attended University of California-Davis for neurology residency, where she receive both awards for Excellence in Patient Care and Excellence in Medical Student Teaching. She completed a fellowship in headache and facial pain at Stanford University. 

Nada Hindiyeh, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Nada Hindiyeh, M.D., is a board certified neurologist and a clinical assistant professor in the department of Neurology.  

She was awarded the 2013 Clinical Research Fellowship in Neurotoxins by the American Academy of Neurology and under this scholarship is currently investigating a diagnostic screening protocol for chronic migraine. Other research interests include pathophysiology and novel treatments for migraine, the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation in headache disorders, and participation in clinical trials for new headache therapeutics. She is currently a member of the American Headache Society as well as the International Headache Society.

Dr. Hindiyeh completed her medical degree at the University of Toledo College of Medicine in Toledo Ohio. Both her internship and neurology residency were completed at the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center, where she was chief resident. She completed her fellowship in headache and facial pain at Stanford University School of Medicine.


Addie Peretz, MD
Clinial Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Addie Peretz, MD, is a board certified Neurologist and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences. Her clinical interests focus on the diagnosis and treatment of headache and facial pain conditions. She is involved in medical education and received the Robert S. Fisher Teaching Award for excellence in neurology resident teaching of medical students at Stanford in June of 2015. Her research interests include understanding the biological underpinnings of migraine and chronic daily headaches. She also participates in clinical trials of new headache treatments. She is currently a member of the American Headache Society as well as the International Headache Society.

Dr. Peretz received her bachelor's degree in Neuroscience at Brown University and earned her medical degree at the New York University School of Medicine. She completed her internship at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, DC, followed by residency in Neurology and fellowship in Headache and Facial Pain, both at Stanford University.


Yohannes Woubishet Woldeamanuel, MD
Instructor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Woldeamanuel obtained his M.D. from Addis Abäba University Medical Faculty in January 2007. Following graduation, Dr. Woldeamanuel was Head of Department of Anatomy, Histology, Embryology at Jimma University School of Medicine where he successfully instructed medical students and other health profession disciplines for a year and a half. Afterwards, he did Clinical Neurology residency training at Addis Abäba University Medical Faculty combined with Basic Science and Clinical Research Fellowships concentrating in the areas of Neuroinfectious Diseases, Neuropathic Pain, Epilepsy, and Neuroepidemiology at Karolinska Institutet - Sweden, Albert Einstein College of Medicine - USA, University of Heidelberg - Germany, and Imperial College London - UK. He completed his PostDoctoral Fellowship in Headache Medicine at the Stanford Headache Program. He is Awardee of several prestigious Fellowships, namely, the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) John G. Nicholls 2012, International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Scan|Design Foundation 2010, European Neurological Society (ENS) 2011, and International Headache Society (IHS) 2014. He also has vested interest and expertise in Digital Health as shown by his recent developments of clinically-validated self-management apps for neuropathy (CHANT) and migraine. He has strong track record of publishing many peer-reviewed first-authored articles in several high impact medical journals including The Lancet Oncology, Neurology, Pain, Journal of Neurology, Cephalalgia, and Journal of Neurological Sciences. While serving as Head of Department in Human Anatomy at Jimma University, he successfully trained medical students for two years from 2007 - 2009. Dr. Woldeamanuel’s track of strong, productive, industrious, and entrepreneurial leadership skills has enabled him to team up with colleagues and found Propria Health Solutions Co. where he is the Founder and CEO. Dr. Woldeamanuel consults for his clinic in Addis Abäba, Advanced Clinical & Research Center, where he provides his expertise to neurological and general medical patients.


Niushen Zhang, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Zhang is a board certified neurologist and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Neurology. She has a special interest in developing personalized treatment plans, for headache patients, that incorporate the use of complementary and alternative medicine.  Her research interests include participating in clinical trials of new headache treatments for migraine and cluster headache. Dr. Zhang is also actively involved in medical education. She is the Director of the Headache Fellowship Program at Stanford.

Dr. Zhang graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She attended New York University School of Medicine. She completed neurology residency and fellowship in headache and facial pain at Stanford University.


Carol A. Barch, MN, FNP-BC
Lead Advanced Practice Provider

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.