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John R. Graham
Headache Center

at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital

For Patients of the John R. Graham Headache Center

New Patient Information

We are primarily a consultation-based practice. For this reason, patients must be referred to the clinic by a physician, nurse-practitioner or physician assistant.

Before Your Visit

  • Prior to your first visit to the John R. Graham Headache Center, all new patients should print and complete the New Patient Intake Form (Word doc). You will also receive this form in the mail.
  • If your health plan requires a referral for you to see a specialist, please contact your primary care physician.
  • Please have any records of your prior medical history and treatment as it relates to your condition faxed to our office. This includes the reports of any imaging (CT scan or MRI of your brain) that you may have had. This information can be faxed to us at 617-983-7582.
  • If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call us to cancel no later than two business days before your scheduled visit.

After Your Visit

After evaluation, you may be returned to your referring provider with recommendations for treatment and follow-up. Written consultations are sent to each provider. We occasionally follow patients in our clinic for longer periods of time, but we are unable to provide this on a routine basis.

Headache Diaries

General Headache Calendar

Headache Diary 1

Headache Diary 2 (for Drs. Loder and Rizzoli, Excel sheet)

Patient Downloads

Lidocaine - Instructions for application of nasal lidocaine

Lithium - About lithium as a treatment for headaches

Biofeedback - A non-drug treatment for headaches

The Relaxation Response - Learning to relax in the face of stress

Tips for Better Sleep - Getting enough good quality sleep is very important for headache patients; advice from our colleagues in sleep medicine

MIDAS (Migraine Disability Assessment Scale) Questionnaire 

Links - Patient education from the American Headache Society Committee on Headache Education (ACHE)

Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy - Doctors, scientists and patients advocating for increased funding for headache research

BWH Weight Management Program - A personalized, physician monitored weight loss program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Michigan Head Pain and Neurological Institute - Inpatient evaluation and treatment for severe headache disorders

The Osher Clinical Center - A Brigham and Women’s Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Spaulding Medford Pain Rehabilitation - Outpatient rehabilitation for patients with chronic pain

Dr. Paul Rizzoli, Director of Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital’s John R. Graham Headache Center, delivered a health talk on migraines at BWFH’s first Community Health Fair.


Offering comprehensive medical, surgical and psychiatric care as well as complete emergency, ambulatory and diagnostic services to residents of southwest Boston and the surrounding suburbs.