This award is a highlighted lecture at the Annual Scientific Meeting that provides an update on a topic of clinical importance to health care professionals. The award was named in honor of Dr. Seymour Solomon, a past President of the American Headache Society and past Chairman of the American Council for Headache Education.

Dr. Solomon was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1924 and received his primary and secondary education there. After graduating from Marquette University School of Medicine (now the Medical College of Wisconsin), he trained in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Milwaukee. He completed a residency in neurology at Montefiore Hospital and then became Director of Neurology at Philadelphia General Hospital. Following his two years as a captain in the Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base Hospital in Alabama, he returned to Montefiore as Associate Chief of Neurology. The remainder of his career was at Montefiore Hospital and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in various roles. He was Director of EEG, acting chief of the department, and Vice Chairman of Neurology. After Dr. Arnold Friedman’s retirement, Dr. Solomon became Director of the Montefiore Headache Unit in 1980 until his retirement in 2009.

Dr. Solomon had faculty appointments at Temple University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Solomon has written more than 200 scientific papers, book chapters, and reviews. He is the author of The Headache Book for the lay population. His particular interests are the clinical aspects of headache including diagnosis, classification, and definition of unusual headache syndromes, as well as clinical trials. Dr. Solomon initiated and was abstracts editor of the journal Headache.

Dr. Solomon has received awards from the National Headache Foundation, the American Council for Headache Education, the American Headache Society®, and the Staff and Alumni Association of Montefiore, and was the physician honoree of “Montefiore 2000.” Dr. Solomon has been a frequent invited lecturer in the United States and other countries.


Congratulations to the 2023 recipient!

Elizabeth Seng, PhD, FAHS
Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY

Past Recipients

2022 - Larry Charleston IV, MD, MS, FAHS

Black Patients Matter in Headache Medicine: Exploration of Race, Racism, Race-based Headache Disparities and Professional Ethics

2021 - Scott W. Powers, PhD, FAHS

What is… “Getting Better?”

2020 - R. Allan Purdy, MD, FAHS

Observations 2020 – ‘Teaching Headache’

2019 – Elizabeth W. Loder, MD, MPH, FAHS

Time’s Up: Headache Medicine in the #MeToo Era

2018 – Deborah Friedman, MD, MPH, FAHS

Under Pressure

2017 – Ann I. Scher, PhD, FAHS

Medication Overuse Headache: An Epidemiologist’s View

2016 – Dawn C. Buse, PhD, FAHS

Migraine and Stress

2015 - Andrew D. Hershey, MD, PhD, FAHS

Changes in Migraine in the Developing Child: What Does it Teach Us?

2014 - Richard B. Lipton, MD, FAHS

Riding the Migraine Roller Coaster: Lessons from Longitudinal Studies

2012 - Fabrizio Benedetti, MD

Placebo Responses: How Therapeutic Rituals Change the Patient’s Brain

2011 - Michael A. Moskowitz, MD, FAHS

Migraine, Man, Mice, Mutations, and Mechanisms

2010 - Shuu-Jiun Wang, MD

Heavily T2-weighted MR Myelography in Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension

2008 - Gretchen E. Tietjen, MD

The Role of the Vascular Endothelium in Migraine

2007 - Peter J. Goadsby, MD, PhD, FAHS

Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias – Things I’ve Learnt

2006 - Andrew C. Charles, MD, FAHS

Imaging Cellular Mechanisms of Migraine

2005 - Hans-Christoph Diener, MD, PhD

From Single Patients to the Science of Headache

2004 - Seymour Solomon, MD

Migraine 2000 BC to 2000 AD