John R. Graham
Headache Center

at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital

John R. Graham Headache Center Staff

Faculty

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Elizabeth W. Loder, MD, MPH

Chief, Division of Headache and Pain, Department of Neurology

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Paul B. Rizzoli, MD, FAAN, FAHS

Director, John R. Graham Headache Center, Director, Headache Fellowship Program

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Melissa Darsey, PA-C, MPAS

Melissa Darsey, PA-C, MPAS, is a physician assistant at BWFH's John R. Graham Headache Center, Department of Neurology. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University in Boston with her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies. She has always held an interest in neurology, stemming from her undergraduate studies in neuroscience. She is trained in Botox administration.

Fellows

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Past Faculty and Fellows

Catherine LaVigne, MD
Dr. LaVigne was a Headache Fellow from 2008 from 2009 and is currently at Unity Neurology in Rochester, NY, where she has started Rochester’s first headache center.

Luzma Cardona, MD
Dr. Cardona was a Headache Fellow from 2009 to 2010 and an associate neurologist at the John R. Graham Headache Center from 2010 to 2012. She completed a stroke fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in 2013 and is now a staff neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Rebecca Wells, MD, MPH
Dr. Wells was a Headache Fellow from 2011 to 2012. She is currently pursuing research and clinical interests in headache medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Her research and clinical interests include the efficacy and mechanisms of healthy lifestyle approaches to headache treatment, including diet, exercise, meditation and yoga.

Shivang Joshi, MD, MPH, RPh
Dr. Joshi was a Headache Medicine fellow from 2012-2013. He is currently at Dent Neurologic Institute in Western New York. He is also Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy.

Mia Minen, MD, MPH
Dr. Minen was a fellow from 2013 to 2014. She is currently Director of Headache Services in the Department of Neurology at New York University. Her current research interests include headache, neuropsychiatry, epidemiology and public health. 

Lauren Doyle Strauss, DO
Dr. Strauss was a fellow from 2013 to 2014. She is a pediatric neurologist at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC, specializing in headache medicine. Her research interests include new daily persistent headache and inpatient management of headaches as well as medical education.

Melissa Rayhill, MD
Dr. Rayhill was a Headache Medicine fellow from 2014 to 2015. Prior to this, she graduated from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and completed her residency training in neurology at Boston University/Boston Medical Center. She is currently the Director of Headache Medicine and assistant professor in neurology at SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine.

Roni Sharon, MD
Dr. Sharon was a Headache Medicine fellow from 2014-2015. He is currently the Director of Headache Medicine at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Israel and a lecturer at Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine.

Regina Krel, MD
Dr. Krel was a Headache Medicine fellow from 2015-2016. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine (South Orange, NJ), and works as a headache specialist at the Neuroscience Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center (Hackensack, NJ).

Umer Najib, MD
Dr. Najib was a Headache Medicine fellow from 2015-2016. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology at West Virginia University, where he serves as the Medical Director of Neurology Outpatient Clinics and Program Director of the Headache Medicine Fellowship. 

Andrea M. Harriott, MD, PhD
Dr. Harriott was a clinical fellow from 2016 to 2017. Prior to that she completed neurology residency at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, and a stroke fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Harvard instructor. Her interests include vascular disease in women with migraine aura, stroke and pre-eclampsia. She conducts basic science and translational research in migraine.

Yulia Orlova, MD, PhD
Dr. Orlova was a clinical fellow from 2016 to 2017. Prior to that, she interned at Richmond University Medical Center, NY, and completed her neurology residency at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers, NJ. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the McKnight Brain Institute in the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, FL, starting a headache program. Her interests include medical education as well as clinical research.

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