Program Overview:

The fellowship program in Headache Medicine is the only such program in the state of West Virginia. It is fully accredited by United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. This one-year training program accepts one fellow per year.

The West Virginia University (WVU) Headache Medicine fellowship aims at providing a strong clinical training in the evaluation and management of patients with complex headache disorders. The trainee will see headache outpatients in several settings including the outpatient infusion program. In addition, the fellow is expected to participate in clinical research and scholarly activity. Fellows will also get the opportunity to rotate with other relevant specialties over the course of their fellowship period including interventional pain management, neuro-ophthalmology, orofacial pain, and addiction medicine.

The Headache Medicine fellowship at WVU offers one of the best training opportunities in the full range of headache disorders including migraine, cluster headache, trigeminal neuralgia, and secondary headache disorders including post-traumatic headache. The WVU Headache Center has always excelled at pioneering new approaches to headache treatment and is part of several multi-center clinical trials for novel treatment of headache disorders. The Headache center currently has three board-certified Headache specialists and two nurse practitioners on staff. In addition, the trainees have access to over 40 full-time neurology and child neurology faculty, neuro radiology, neuro-ophthalmology, and neurosurgery departments, behavioral medicine faculty, internationally recognized researchers at the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, and the broader resources of West Virginia medical school.

The prerequisites for fellowship training include successful completion of an ACGME accredited residency-training program in a relevant discipline (i.e., neurology or internal medicine) and board eligibility in the field.

Umer Najib, MD
Associate Professor
Program Director, Headache Medicine Fellowship



How to apply:

Please provide the following to Amy Schwinabart, Headache Fellowship Program Manager, email:  phone: (304) 293-2342; fax: (304) 293-7725

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (including one from residency program director)

For information regarding fellowship benefits, please refer to the benefits section under Neurology Residency Training.  All benefits received by residents are applicable to fellows with the exception of travel allowance which is determined by individual fellowship programs.


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