Headache Division

The headache division is staffed by Drs. Robert Kaniecki, Laurie KnepperBarbara Vogler, and Josif Stakic—as well as by physician assistant Kimberly McGonigle. Faculty members have received board certification in Headache Medicine from the UCNS Neurology Subspecialty Board. Both Dr. Kaniecki and Ms. McGonigle staff a satellite facility in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh one day per week. Approximately 800-900 patients each month are staffed by our specialists. Management strategies employ natural measures, medications, and innovative injectable therapies including administration of botulinum toxin injections. In 2012 the Headache Medicine Fellowship was initiated, based in the Oakland facility, with the expectation of training one headache fellow annually.

In addition to outpatient responsibilities in the clinic setting, all headache physicians actively participate on the inpatient services at Presbyterian University Hospital. Lectures on headache and pain are delivered by Dr. Kaniecki to the first-year and third-year medical students. All physicians supervise residents and medical students on the inpatient and consult services, while Drs Kaniecki and Knepper supervise resident and student rotations through the Headache Center.

Headache Division physicians also serve in various capacities in the university community. Dr. Kaniecki serves as chairman of the Scientific Review Committee for the Department of Neurology, is Assistant Director of the Neurology Residency Program, and serves on the Neurology Department’s executive, compensation, residency curriculum, and medical student curriculum committees. Dr. Knepper serves as the medical student Neurology Clerkship Director.

Division faculty members also make consistent and significant contributions to research on headache origins and treatment.