Program Committee & Faculty
Continuing Education
Program Agenda
Ancillary Meetings
Exhibits and Sponsorship

2019 Scottsdale Headache Symposium


Since the inaugural meeting in 1970, the Scottsdale Headache Symposium® continues to be a successful venue for providing practical, clinical, evidence-based information on the diagnosis, management and treatment of headache patients. Education is presented in didactic, case-based, evidence-based, panel and demonstrative formats over the course of four days.

Who Should Attend?

This symposium is designed for general practitioners, internists, pediatricians, neurologists, anesthesiologists, dentists, physical therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and other health professionals who treat headache.

Special Note for the Physically Challenged

The American Headache Society wishes to take steps to ensure that no individual with disability is excluded, denied services, segregated, or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If you need any auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americas with Disabilities Act, or any assistance in registering for this symposium, please contact AHS Headquarters at 856-423-0043, write to us at AHS, 19 Mantua Road, Mt. Royal, NJ, 08061, or email AHSHQ@talley.com.


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Scottsdale Program Committee


Christine L. Lay, MD, FAHS
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
Stewart J. Tepper, MD, FAHS
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Lebanon, New Hampshire

Committee Members

Juline Bryson, MD, FAHS
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Winston-Salem, New Jersey
Andrew C. Charles, MD, FAHS
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California
A. Laine Green, MD
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Rashmi B. Halker MD, FAHS
Mayo Clinic Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Stephanie J. Nahas, MD, MSEd, FAHS, FAAN
Department of Neurology, Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Matthew S. Robbins, MD, FAHS
Montefiore Headache Center
New York, New York

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Continuing Education and Disclosure Statement


The provision of quality CME is a primary mission of the American Headache Society®. The Society’s educational objectives are to continue to improve the knowledge, skills, and professional performance of physicians, psychologists, and other health professionals in the care of patients with head, neck, and orofacial pain by:

  • Providing a forum for presentation of free scientific communication on research and clinical practice
  • Providing educational symposia
  • Improving education in medical schools and residency programs
  • Identifying and developing new educational initiatives
  • Supporting educational programs directed to people with head, neck, and orofacial pain
  • Maintaining strict adherence to ACCME guidelines
  • Developing education activities and tools that are designed and then evaluated for their role in improving the learners’ competence, performance, and the overall quality and safety of the care they give to individuals suffering from head, neck, and orofacial pain


At the completion of the program, the attendees will:

  • Acquire basic knowledge in diagnosis, epidemiology, and treatment of primar yand secondary headache disorders, to apply in clinical practice and research.
  • Clarify differences in the clinical characteristics of migraine, trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, other primary and secondary headaches to optimize outcomes in clinical practice and research.
  • Extend their information base on the most important new cutting-edge headache medicine treatments for both utilization in and assessment of success in clinical practice.
  • Prepare options for practical application in the treatment of difficult to treat or refractory headaches.


The American Headache Society® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. AHS takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

The American Headache Society® designates this educational activity for a maximum of 27.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Determination of credit is pending.


All contributors who can affect American Headache Society CME content (including leadership, program chairs, moderators, faculty members, medical writers and staff), in their respective roles, are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest that could be viewed as a real or perceived conflict of interest. Contributors will also identify relevant financial relationships of their spouse. This policy is in effect to maintain adherence with the conflict of interest guidelines set by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Headache Society Ethics Committee.

Attendees will be made aware of any affiliation or relevant financial interest that may affect the development, management, presentation or evaluation of the CME activity and will be printed in the final program and projected in slide format before each presentation. Individuals who refuse to disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from being a contributor, and cannot have control of, or responsibility for, the development, management, presentation or evaluation of the CME activity.

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Preliminary Program

8:00 am – 11:00 am Pre-meeting Courses/Special Interest Section Symposium
11:30 am – 5:00 pm Advanced Course
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm NP/PA – The Bridge
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Industry-supported Event
6:30 am – 7:30 am 5K Fun Run

Sponsored by Runnin’ for Research and Miles for Migraine

Separate registration required

7:00 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast and Exhibits
8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome/Opening Remarks
8:15 am – 10:20 am Plenary I: Migraine: What’s New in Diagnosis, Pathophysiology and Treatment
8:15 am – 8:35 am Diagnostic Pearls and Pitfalls
8:35 am – 9:05 am Epidemiology from Population to Patient
9:05 am – 9:30 am Applied Pathophysiology
9:30 am – 9:50 am Acute Migraine
9:50 am – 10:15 am Prevention
10:15 am – 10:20 am Q&A
10:20 am – 10:50 am Refreshment Break & Exhibits
10:50 am – 12:40 pm Plenary II: Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias, Secondary Adult and Pediatric Headache Cases and High and Low Pressure Headaches
10:50 am – 11:20 pm TACs
11:20 am – 11:50 am Secondary Cases in Pediatric and Adult Headache
11:50 am – 12:30 pm CSF
12:30 pm – 12:40 pm Q&A
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch (available for purchase)
12:45 pm – 2:15 pm Industry-supported Event
2:20 pm – 3:00 pm Plenary III: Steven B. Graff-Radford Orofacial Pain and Headache Lectureship
2:20 pm – 2:30 pm Introduction
2:30 pm -3:00 pm Facial Pain….Or Just a Headache?
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Plenary IV: Vascular Headache Neurobiology, Stroke, Secondary Vascular Headaches and Stroke
3:00 pm – 3:25 pm Vascular Neurobiology of Migraine
3:25 pm – 3:50 pm Migraine and Stroke
3:50 pm – 4:15 pm Secondary Vascular
4:15 pm – 4:40 pm Treatment Considerations
4:40 pm – 5:00 pm Q&A
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Special Interest Section Fair
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Town Hall
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Industry-supported Event
6:30 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast and Exhibits
7:00 am – 8:00 am          Case Presentations
8:00 am – 9:45 am Plenary V: Cutting Edge/Emerging Therapies
8:00 am – 8:30 am Monoclonal Antibodies
8:30 am – 9:00 am Neuromodulation
9:00 am – 9:30 am Neuropharmacology
9:30 am – 9:45 am Q&A
9:45 am – 10:00 am Refreshments and Exhibits
10:00 pm – 11:15 pm Plenary VI: Chronic/Refractory Headaches
10:00 am – 10:25 am Cases and Protocol
10:25 am – 10:45 am Pathophysiology of Chronic Migraine
10:45 am – 11:05 am Behavioral and Non-pharmacological Approaches to Chronic Migraine Treatment
11:05 am – 11:15 am Q&A
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Plenary VII: Headache Journalism 2018-2019
11:15 am – 11:30 am Why Bother with Books?
11:30 am – 11:45 am Top 3 Articles from Headache
11:45 am – 12:00 pm Top 3 Articles Not in the Journal Headache®
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Women’s Health Science Award
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Frontiers in Headache Research Awards/Presentations
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch (available for purchase) and Exhibits
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Industry-Supported Event
2:00 pm – 3:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
  CS1: Injection Training
2:00 pm – 2:20 pm OnabotA
2:20 pm – 2:40 pm Nerve Blocks
2:40 pm – 3:45 pm Hands-on Demonstration
CS2: Science
2:00 pm – 2:05 pm Introduction
2:05 pm – 2:25 pm Placebo
2:25 pm – 2:45 pm Imaging
2:45 pm – 3:05pm Opioid Receptors and Headache
3:05 pm – 3:25 pm Statistical Issues in Scientific Research
3:25 pm – 3:45 pm Q&A
CS3: Traumatic Brain Injury
2:00 pm – 2:05 pm Introduction
2:05 pm – 2:25 pm Sideline Evaluation of Head Injury
2:25 pm – 2:45 pm Symptomatic Management of PTH
2:45 pm – 3:05 pm Traumatic Brain Injury in Pediatric Patients
3:05 pm – 3:25 pm TBI in the Military
3:25 pm – 3:45 pm Q&A
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Refreshments and Exhibits
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
CS4: Behavioral Treatment and Wellness
4:00 pm – 4:05 pm Introduction
4:05 pm – 4:25 pm Promoting Wellness
4:25 pm – 4:45 pm Pediatric Behavioral Treatment
4:45 pm – 5:05 pm Wellness in the Office
5:05 pm – 5:30 pm Q&A
CS5: Women’s Health
4:00 pm – 4:05 pm Introduction
4:05 pm – 4:25 pm Gender Issues
4:25 pm – 4:45 pm Hormones and Headache
4:45 pm – 5:05 pm Pregnancy and Post-partum Headache
5:05 pm – 5:25 pm Abuse and Headache
5:25 pm – 5:30 pm Q&A
CS6: TACs and Other Primary Headaches
4:00 pm – 4:05 pm Introduction
4:05 pm – 4:25 pm Cluster
4:25 pm – 4:45 pm Cranial Neuralgias and SUNCT
4:45 pm – 5:05 pm Hemicrania Continua
5:05 pm – 5:30 pm Q&A
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Industry-Supported Event
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Wine and Cheese Reception
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:00 am Case Presentations
9:00 am – 11:00 am Advocacy
9:00 am – 9:05 am Introduction
9:05 am – 9:30 am Incorporating Advocacy in Your Practice-
9:30 am – 9:55 am Patient Perspective
9:55 am – 10:20 am American Migraine Foundation
10:20 am – 10:45 am Legislative Advocacy and Research
10:45 am – 11:00 am Q&A
9:00 am – 11:00 am Injection Training
9:00 am – 9:20 am OnabotA
9:20 am – 940 am Nerve Block
9:40 am – 11:00 am Hands-on Demonstration
9:00 am – 11:00 am Pediatric-Adolescent Headache
9:00 am – 9:05 am Introduction
9:05 am – 9:30 am Challenges of the Adolescent
9:30 am – 9:55 am CHAMP and the Issues of Pediatric Trials
9:55 am – 10:20 am Challenging Cases in Pediatrics
10:20 am – 10:45 am Challenges of New Therapies
10:45 am – 11:00 am Q&A


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AHS 2019 Scottsdale Headache Symposium® Registration Fees and Information

To access online registration, please click here.*

*Please note if you are registering as a member and have just joined or recently paid dues, you will need to wait up to a week in order to register under the member category as the registration and member systems are not linked.

Click here to access the 2019 Registration Brochure including preliminary program agenda.

AHS Member and Non-member Registration Categories and Fees

On or before Oct. 14, 2019 Oct 15, 2019 – Oct 31, 2019 On-site
Active Member (MD, DO, PhD, DDS, PharmD) $450.00 $500.00 $750.00
Non-member (MD, DO, PhD, DDS, PharmD) $650.00 $725.00 $975.00
Associate Member (RN, NP, PA)
$200.00 $250.00 $500.00
Non-Member Associate (RN, NP, PA) $250.00 $300.00 $550.00
AHS Trainee Member $150.00 $150.00 $400.00
Non-member Trainee $200.00 $200.00 $400.00
Active Military Personnel $200.00 $200.00 $300.00
Industry Representative $650.00 $725.00 $975.00

Pre-Meeting Course Registration Fees

On or before Oct. 14, 2019 Oct 15, 2019 – Oct 31, 2019 On-Site
AHS Member Complimentary Complimentary $250.00
Non-member $200.00 $250.00 $400.00


Registration Information
Symposium registration includes admittance to all educational sessions, except where noted that an additional course fee is required, the exhibit hall, continental breakfast and refreshment breaks each day, as well as the wine and cheese reception on Saturday evening.

 Acceptable Forms of Payment

Checks are acceptable when registration is submitted by mail or completed onsite at the Scottsdale Headache Symposium. Checks must be made payable (in US dollars) to the American Headache Society and issued by a US correspondent bank. The registrant is responsible for any and all bank charges.

American Headache Society
2019 Scottsdale Registration
19 Mantua Road
Mount Royal, NJ 08061

Credit cards may be used for all registrations. AHS accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. AHS reserves the right to charge the correct amount, if different from your calculated total. Charges will appear on your statement as “AHS Registration.” Note: registrations paid by credit card may be faxed to 856-432-0082. Keep a copy of your fax transmittal confirmation for your record. If faxing, do not mail the original form, doing so may result in duplicate charges to your credit card.

Wire Transfers are accepted provided that the NET AMOUNT of the wire (after bank fees) is sufficient to cover all registration fees in US dollars. Please contact AHS Registration (856-423-0043 or ahshq@talley.com) for additional information on wire transfer payments.

Cash and Travelers Checks (US dollars only) are accepted for onsite registration at the Annual Meeting. Please do not send cash or travelers checks through the mail.

Group Discounts
AHS encourages you and your colleagues to take advantage of the discounted fees available when two or more from an organization (same location) register for the meeting. Registration for group discounts must be submitted together (by mail or fax) with acceptable form(s) of payment. A discount of $25.00 will be applied after the first registration is charged the full registration amount.

Letters of Invitation
If requested, the AHS will send a personal invitation for participation at the Scottsdale Headache Symposium. It should be understood that such an invitation is only to assist participants of the Scottsdale Headache Symposium to raise travel funds and to obtain a VISA and not a commitment on the part of the AHS to provide any financial support.

Cancellation Policy
Requests must be submitted in writing to AHS Registration, 19 Mantua Road, Mount Royal, NJ 08061 or emailed to ahshq@talley.com and postmarked no later than Thursday, October 31, 2019. All fees will be refunded minus a $100.00 processing fee. THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS AFTER THE OCTOBER 31 DEADLINE.

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Hotel Accommodations

Conference Hotel
JW Marriott Camelback Inn
5402 East Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Once you have registered for the conference, a link to secure your hotel at the Camelback Inn will be sent to you within the registration confirmation email.



Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport – PHX
Airport Phone:  1-602-273-3300
Hotel direction: 9 miles NE

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Driving Directions from Sky Harbor International Airport
Take North 44th Street approximately 9 miles to where it curves into East McDonald Drive. Continue on East McDonald Drive to North Tatum Boulevard and turn left. Follow the boulevard to East Lincoln Drive and turn right. The resort will be on the left.

From Rental Car Facilities: Turn Left on Sky Harbor Circle. Right on Buckeye Road. Left on 24th Street. Right on Glendale (becomes Lincoln Dr.) Resort is on the Left just past Tatum Blvd.


The Camelback Inn offers a rate of $10 USD daily for self and valet parking.

Ground Transportation Options

Taxi terminal access is as follows:

  • Terminal 2: east outside door # 8
  • Terminal 3: North curb, outside door # 7 and south curb, outside door #6
  • Terminal 4: Level 1, North curb, outside door # 7 and south curb, outside door #6

The following taxis are contracted to pick up passengers at Phoenix Sky Harbor:

  • AAA/Yellow Cab: (480) 888-8888
  • Mayflower Cab: (602) 955-1355
  • VIP TAXI:  (602) 300-3000

Rates remain the same regardless of company, number of passengers and number of bags. The first mile is $5. Each additional mile is $2.30. Each hour of a traffic delay is $23. The minimum fare is $15. Each per trip airport surcharge is $1.

ADA taxis are available upon request. All major credit cards are accepted.

Van Service

Van terminal access is as follows:

  • Terminal 2: North curbside
  • Terminal 3: South curbside
  • Terminal 4: Level 1, south curbside at Door 8

The following Shared Ride Van Service is contracted at Phoenix Sky Harbor:

Vans operate 24 hours on a scheduled basis, with vans departing every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For the telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call (602) 243-7786. Super Shuttle provides a customer service counter in Terminal 4 at Door 8.

Rates are zone based and typically range from $12 to $46 for the first passenger. Each additional residential passenger per reservation is $8 regardless of zone. Wheelchair-accessible vans are available by request. All major credit cards are accepted.

For-hire limousines are available on a pre-arranged basis and offer door-to-door service.

Please proceed to the Courtesy Information Center located in the baggage claim area to contact the companies directly.

Once a reservation is made, the company will direct you to the pre-arranged pick-up area where they will meet you.

  • Mechelle Limousine: (602) 501-5199
  • Monarch Limousine: (602) 531-6132
  • Black Pearl Limo: (602) 290-8923
  • Zion Limousine: (602) 694-6064
  • LimoLux USA: (855) 307-7980
  • All Star Trans: (480) 628-3722

Rates vary according to destination. All major credit cards are accepted.

For additional information, please visit the airport website by clicking here.

Airport Car Rental Companies

Listed below are a few car rental companies that operate at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Click HERE to see the full list of car rental companies.

Travelers should check with their specific rental car company for hours of operation at the Airport Rental Car Center.

Website: www.advantage.com
Phone: 602-252-4935
Toll Free: 800-777-5500

Website: www.avis.com
Phone: 602-261-5900
Toll Free: 800-331-1212

Website: www.budget.com
Phone: 602-261-5950
Toll Free: 800-527-7000

Website: www.enterprise.com
Phone: 602-225-0588
Toll Free: 800-736-8222

Website: www.hertz.com
Phone: 602-267-8822
Toll Free: 800-654-3131

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Ancillary Meeting Requests

All requests for ancillary meetings must be submitted no later than Wednesday, August 28, 2019. All requests will be given a final disposition no later than Monday, September 30, 2019. Upon approval from AHS, you will be provided with a contact name at the venue to assist in setting up your event.

Ancillary Meeting Request Form

Please complete all sections. Incomplete forms will NOT be processed. If your request is for multiple events, please submit a completed form for each event. You are responsible for all event costs, including but not limited to:

  • Room Rental – $875.00/room, per day. Invoice will be sent upon approval of request. Acceptable form of payments: Check payable to AHS; Visa, MasterCard, American Express
  • Food and Beverage and Audio Visual to conference venue
  • Attendee costs (airfare and applicable room nights)

Ancillary meetings may be held only during non-conference hours. Meetings are permitted on the following dates and times:

  • Sunday, November 17, 2019 – All day
  • Monday, November 18, 2019 – All day
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – All day
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019 – N/A
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 – After 8:30pm
  • Friday, November 22, 2019 – After 8:30pm
  • Saturday, November 23, 2019 – After 8:30pm
  • Sunday, November 24, 2019 – After 11:00am

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CME, Non-CME and Industry Supported Events

CME Session Learning Objectives and Guidelines
Non-CME Event Policy and Guidelines
Industry-Supported Event Request Form

NOTE: A signature is required on these forms and must be sent in with the application.

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AHS announces the availability of up to 10 “Frontiers in Headache Research” Scholarship Awards for the 2019 Scottsdale Headache Symposium, November 21-24, 2019 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, AZ.

Winners will receive complimentary meeting registration and are eligible to receive a stipend up to $1,000 for reimbursement of expenses for hotel, travel, and meals not provided during the Symposium. Winners will also receive a one-year AHS Trainee membership if not already a member of AHS, or a one-year extension of their existing AHS Trainee membership.

Criteria for selection are based on:

  • The quality of the research proposal/project
  • The potential for the proposal, study or thesis to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and future research in the field of headache medicine

Applicant must:

  • Be a headache medicine Fellow, Resident, and/or post-doctoral Fellow who is in preparatory, active or completion phase of a basic or clinical research project that is related to headache or cranial nociception
  • Not have won an AHS scholarship within the past 2 years
  • Reside in the United States or Canada

Recipient requirements:

  • The top three candidates selected will be required to present their proposal or results to attendees at the 2019 Scottsdale Headache Symposium on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
  • All other recipients will be required to submit a poster for display at the 2019 Scottsdale Headache Symposium

Applicants must submit the electronic application and all supporting materials no later than Monday, September 2, 2019. To apply, please click here.