Become A Member of the American Headache Society

Who We Are

The American Headache Society® (AHS) is a professional membership society of healthcare providers dedicated to the study and treatment of headache and face pain. The Society’s objectives are to promote the exchange of information and ideas concerning the causes and treatments of headache and related painful disorders. AHS is a welcoming community to practicing providers and researchers from diverse training backgrounds.

Educational and early career training programs, online CME resources, and networking and mentorship opportunities are just a few of the many benefits available to AHS members. Scroll down to view more or click the link below to join more than 2,000 members as we work together to achieve progress and advocate for the future of Headache Medicine.

Become A Member

Membership Benefits

Discounted Active membership for the first year
Exclusive member rates to the Annual Scientific Meeting and Scottsdale Headache Symposium®
10 annual issues of Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain®
Become a Fellow of the American Headache Society (FAHS)
Access to Special Interest Sections and Committees
Online resources
Professional growth, networking and advancement
Discounted membership to the International Headache Society (IHS)

Membership Categories


$199 for the first year; $275 for renewals  – Active membership is for all professionals holding degrees in a health-related field, who are interested to develop and share clinical and scientific expertise in head/face pain and related disorders. Examples include, but are not limited to, physicians (MD or DO), advanced practice providers (NP or PA), nurses, psychologists, dentists, basic scientists, physical therapists, and pharmacists. Applicants must include a copy of their current professional license to practice, medical certificate, or proof of degree.

Active members may vote and have the “privilege of the floor” at all member meetings of AHS at which matters are presented to the members for a vote. Active members may hold office and serve on Committees as designated by the President. Active members outside of the USA receive online-only access to the journal Headache®.

Within the Active category, the following recognitions are available: Fellow, Emeritus and Regent.

  • Fellow: Reflects acknowledgement by peers of high professional and scholarly achievement, integrity, outstanding professional maturity and superior competence.
  • Emeritus: Reflects professionals who have retired from practice and wish to maintain membership.
  • Regent: Reflects members of AHS who have made major contributions to AHS or the headache field.


$25 per yearTrainee membership is offered to medical students, residents, fellows, and others currently enrolled in graduate or postgraduate training in a health-related field, who have interest in learning about the headache disorders and participating in the society’s activities. Applicants must include a letter of verification of active training from their institution. Trainee membership will be reviewed annually to verify eligibility.

Trainee membership includes all the benefits of Active membership except voting privileges, election to the Board of Directors, committee appointments, and fellowship (FAHS) recognition.


$275 per yearIndustry membership refers to all professionals having primary employment in a health-related industry and includes all the benefits of Active membership except voting privileges, election to the Board of Directors, and the ability to serve on a committee or hold a Special Interest Section chair position.

Membership Requirements

  • Complete the online application form.
  • Upload a copy of your currently valid license to practice, or proof of your degree. Applicants for Trainee member status must also include a letter of verification of active training from your institution.
  • Provide your credit card information for your membership dues.
  • Please note membership is on a calendar year basis.

Please note once your application and payment has been submitted, it will be forwarded for review and approval and you will be notified via email upon acceptance.