Headache

The Headache Division provides clinical outpatient services at the UPMC Headache Center situated in Central Oakland. In addition to typical clinical assessments, the clinicians provide emergency parenteral therapies, nerve blocks and trigger point injections, and botulinum toxin administration to appropriate patients with severe or chronic headaches. The Headache Center continues to exceed 12,000 visits per year. In addition to outpatient responsibilities, doctors in the headache division spend time on the Neurology Consult service and the Neurology Ward service at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital – residents and medical students are supervised on both services. All faculty members supervise resident and medical student rotations through the Headache Center while all physicians assist in the fellowship training program.

The Division Chief is Robert G. Kaniecki, MD. In 2012, Dr Kaniecki was named director of the Headache Fellowship program and in 2013 he was named assistant director of the Neurology Residency program. He serves as chairman of the Scientific Review, Clinical Competency and Neurology Selection committees

Physicians on Neurology Ward Service at UPMC Presbyterian:

Physicians on the Neurology Consult Service:

Residents and medical students are supervised on both services.

Physicians providing coverage at UPMC Shadyside Hospital:

Lectures on headache and pain are delivered by Dr. Kaniecki to first and third-year medical students, residents and graduate students in Neurology, Internal Medicine. Family Practice, Pharmacology and Pain Medicine. Drs. Knepper, Stakic and Yanta provide extensive learning opportunities for medical students, and all faculty members supervise resident and medical student rotations through the Headache Center. All physicians assist in the fellowship training program.