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2021 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.

AHS members can register now.


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.


If this is your first time attending the Scottsdale Headache Symposium, sign up for the Plenary Pals program during registration to be paired with an experienced attendee who can help guide you through the agenda and meet with you onsite to make sure your experience is fantastic!


The American Headache Society wishes to take steps to ensure that no individual with disability is excluded, denied services, segregated, or otherwise treated differently because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If you need auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans 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.

2021 Scottsdale Headache Symposium


Scottsdale Program Committee


Deborah I. Friedman, MD, MPH, FAHS
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas
Christine Lay, MD, FAHS
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Committee Members

Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, District of Columbia
Stephanie J. Nahas, MD, MSEd, FAHS
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Meredith Barad, MD
Stanford Pain Management Redwood City, California
Scott Powers, PhD, FAHS
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Cincinnati, Ohio
Steven D. Bender, DDS, FAHS
Texas A&M College of Dentistry,
Dallas, Texas
Amynah Pradhan, PhD
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Carrie Dougherty, MD, FAHS
Georgetown Headache Center
Washington, District of Columbia
Matthew S. Robbins, MD, FAHS
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, New York
Rashmi B. Halker Singh, MD, FAHS
Mayo Clinic Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona


2021 Scottsdale Headache Symposium



At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Acquire knowledge in the diagnosis, epidemiology, and treatment of headache disorders for clinical practice and research.
  • Apply cutting-edge treatments for the assessment of outcomes in clinical practice.
  • Develop strategies for the treatment of refractory headaches.
  • Describe the importance of respecting diversity and wellness in creating a healthy work environment.


The American Headache Society® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The American Headache Society® designates this Other (live and recorded sessions) activity for a maximum of 46.75* AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Subject to change.


  • Attend the sessions in full for which credit is sought/watch the videos
  • Complete the post-activity evaluation
  • A certificate of completion will be available once the evaluation is submitted


The planners and faculty for this activity did not have any relationships to disclose unless listed here. All relevant relationships were mitigated prior to the start of the activity according to ACCME Standards.


The American Headache Society received funding to support this activity from the following organizations:



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


An application for self-assessment credit has been filed with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc (ABPN). Determination of credit is pending.

2021 Scottsdale Headache Symposium


2021 Scottsdale Headache Symposium Program Agenda*

*All presentation titles and times are tentative and subject to change.

6:30 am – 7:00 am  Sunrise Yoga 
8:00 am – 11:00 am  The Anatomy of Headache and Orofacial Pain: An Interventional Based Cadaver Course* 

*Presented at Mayo Clinic 

Co-chair: Rashmi B. Halker Singh, MD, FAHS 

Co-chair: Marcelo Romero Reyes, DDS, PhD, FAHS 

8:00 am – 9:00 am  Arrive at Mayo Clinic and Introduction 
9:00 am – 9:15 am  Anatomy Presentation 

Natalie R. Langley, PhD, D-ABFA  

9:15 am – 9:30 am  Neck Etiologies of Headache  

Steven D. Bender, DDS, FAHS  

9:30 am – 9:45 am  Managing Neck Pain and Headache Through Physical Therapy  

Ali Ladak PT, DPT 

9:45 am – 10:00 am  Q&A Panel Discussion 
10:00 am – 11:00 am  Station to Station Rotations: 

Details of the Atlas-C2 Connection and Location of Greater and Lesser Occipital Nerves  

Facet Joints 

Location and Identification of Nerves and Arteries on Facets, Including Cervical Sympathetic Chain 

Hands-On Discussion with a Physical Therapist 

8:00 am – 11:00 am  Pre-meeting Courses/Special Interest Section Symposium 
  Pre-Course 1: Controversies in Headache Medicine 

Presented by the Headache Cooperative of New England (HCNE) 

Moderator: Rebecca Burch, MD, FAHS 

8:00 am – 8:15 am  Migraine Aura Subtype’s: Are They Actually Different? 

William Renthal, MD, PhD 

8:15 am – 8:30 am  Migraine With and Without Aura: Same or Different? 

Andrea Harriott, MD, PhD 

8:30 am – 8:40 am  Q&A Panel Discussion 
8:40 am – 9:10 am  Is There a Role for Opioids and Butalbital Containing Medications in the Treatment of Headache?  

Yes: Paul B. Rizzoli, MD 

No:  Christopher H. Gottschalk, MD 

9:10 am – 9:20 am  Q&A Panel Discussion 
9:20 am – 9:50 am  Is There a Role for Venous Sinus Stenting for Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension?   

Yes: Ashu Jadhav, MD, PhD 

No:  Brian McGeeney, MD, MPH, MBA 

9:50 am – 10:00 am  Q&A Panel Discussion 
10:00 am – 10:15 am  Why Cluster Headache Gets Missed  

Lawrence C. Newman, MD, FAHS 

10:15 am – 10:30 am  Does Indomethacin-Unresponsive Hemicrania Continua Exist? 

Elizabeth W. Loder, MD, MPH, FAHS 

10:30 am – 11:00 am  Q&A Panel Discussion 
  Pre-Course 2: Migraine and Vascular Disorders – Beyond Ischemic Stroke 

Co-Presented by the Migraine and Vascular Disease and Women’s Health Special Interest Sections 

Moderators:  Andrea Harriott, MD, PhD; Huma Sheikh, MD 

8:00 am – 8:15 am  Welcome and Introduction 

Andrea Harriott, MD, PhD 

Huma Sheikh, MD 

8:15 am – 8:45 am  Migraine and Myocardial Infarction  

Gretchen Tietjen, MD 

8:45 am – 9: 15 am  Migraine and Arterial dissection  

Huma Sheikh, MD 

9:15 am – 9:45 am  Migraine and Vascular Disorders of Pregnancy Andrea Harriott, MD, PhD 
9:45 am – 10:15 am  Treating Migraine in Women with Vascular Disease 

Jelena Pavlovic MD, PhD 

10:15 am – 11:00 am  The Team-Based Approach; Adding Behavioral Therapy to the Practice 

Dawn Buse, PhD, FAHS 

10:35 am – 11:00 am  Q&A Panel Discussion 
  Pre-course 3: Headache 101 

Moderator: Rebecca Erwin Wells, MD, MPH, FAHS 

Co-moderator:  Dawn C. Buse, PhD, FAHS 

8:00 am – 8:15 am  A Brief History of Headache Medicine Through  

the Ages 

Noah Rosen, MD, FAHS 

8:15 am – 8:30 am  Diagnostic Pearls 

Kathleen B. Digre, MD, FAHS 

8:30 am – 8:45 am  Pathophysiology 

Ana Recober-Montilla, MD, FAHS  

8:45 am – 9:00 am  Acute Treatment 

Matthew S. Robbins, MD, FAHS 

9:00 am – 9:15 am  Migraine Prevention 

Jack D. Schim, MD, FAHS 

9:15 am – 9:30 am  Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias 

Claire Sandoe, MD, MS 

9:30 am – 9:45 am  Pediatric Headache  

Ana Marissa Lagman-Bartolome, MD, FAHS  

9:45 am – 10:00 am  Behavioral Strategies 

Steve M. Baskin, PhD 

10:00 – 10:15 am  Secondary Headache Diagnoses Not to Miss 

Hans-Christoph Diener, MD, PhD  

10:15 am – 11:00 am  Q&A Panel Discussion 
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Advanced Course – Most Bothersome Symptoms 

Co-Chairs: Andrew F. Russo, PhD; Stephen D. Silberstein, MD, FAHS 

12:00 pm – 12:05 pm  Introductions 

Andrew F. Russo, PhD 

Stephen D. Silberstein, MD, FAHS 

12:05 pm – 12:45 pm  Optimizing Endpoints in Acute Migraine Trials: 

Lessons Learned from Using MBS as a Coprimary 


Richard B. Lipton, MD, FAHS 

12:45 pm – 1:25 pm  Novel Concepts in Understanding Nausea 

Chuchu Zhang, PhD 

1:25 pm – 2:05 pm  The Vestibular System and Migraine 

Carey D. Balaban, PhD 

2:05 pm – 2:45 pm  The Science of Auditory Hypersensitivities that Lead to Phonophobia 


2:45 pm – 3:05 pm  Break 
3:05 pm – 3:45 pm  Cognitive Impairment and the Cerebellum: A  

Possible Bridge to Migraine?  

Krystal L. Parker, PhD 

3:45 pm – 4:25 pm  The Science of Photophobia in Migraine 

Rami Burstein, PhD 

4:25 pm – 5:00 pm  Q&A Panel Discussion 
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Advanced Practice Providers – The Bridge  

Moderator: Carol Barch, NP 

2:00 pm – 2:05 pm  Welcome/Introduction 

Carol Barch, NP 

2:05 pm – 2:25 pm  Migraine Epidemiology, Risk Factors, and Diagnosis            

Valerie Lawler, NP   

2:25 pm – 2:45 pm  Migraine Pathophysiology                                                         

Laura Xanders, FNP  

2:45 pm – 3:05 pm         Acute Management                                                                    

Karen Williams, DNP, FNP-BC 

3:05 pm – 3:25 pm         Preventive Management                                                           

Jordan Mast, PA-C  

3:25 pm – 3:45 pm         Behavioral to Procedural Management                               

Denise McGrath, DNP 

3:45 pm – 4:05 pm         Special Considerations for Migraine Management in Women                                      

Annika Ehrlich, NP                

4:05 pm – 4:25 pm         Pediatric Migraine Management                                          

Deanna Duggan, NP 

4:25 pm – 5:00 pm         Q&A Panel Discussion 
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm  Welcome and Exhibitor Reception 
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm  Women in Headache Reception 
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm   New Member/Fellow/Trainee Reception 
6:00 am – 7:00 am  5K Fun Run* 

Sponsored by Runnin’ for Research and Miles for Migraine 

*Separate registration required 

6:30 am – 7:00 am  Sunrise Yoga 
7:00 am – 8:00 am  Continental Breakfast and Exhibits 
8:00 am – 8:15 am  Welcome/Opening Remarks 

Peter J. Goadsby, MD, PhD, FAHS, President 

Co-Chairs, Scottsdale Program Planning Committee: 

Christine L. Lay, MD, FAHS  

Deborah I. Friedman, MD, MPH, FAHS 

Rashmi B. Halker Singh, MD, FAHS 

8:15 am – 10:15 am  Plenary I: The Current State of Headache Medicine 

Moderator: Elizabeth W. Loder, MD, MPH, FAHS 

Co-moderator: Deborah I. Friedman, MD, MPH, FAHS 

8:15 am – 8:30 am  Acute Migraine Update 

Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS 

8:30 am – 8:45 am  Advances in Migraine Prevention  

Cynthia E. Armand, MD 

8:45 am – 9:00 am  Cluster and TACs: What’s New  

Mark J. Burish, MD, PhD 

9:00 am – 9:15 am  Pathophysiology: Bench to Bedside  

Peter J. Goadsby, MD, PhD, FAHS 

9:15 am – 9:30 am  Pediatric Headache 2021 

Marielle Kabbouche, MD, FAHS 

9:30 am – 9:45 am  Recent Advancements in Integrative Treatments 

Rebecca Erwin Wells, MD, MPH, FAHS 

9:45 am – 10:15 am  Q&A Panel Discussion 
10: 15 am – 10:35 am   Refreshment Break & Exhibits 
10:35 am – 12:35 pm  Plenary II: Beyond Primary Headache  

Moderator: Mia Minen, MD, MPH, FAHS 

Co-moderator: Andrew C. Charles, MD, FAHS 

10:35 am – 10:55 am  Clinical Pearls: Headache After COVID-19 

Deena E. Kuruvilla, MD 

10:55 am – 11:10 am  Visual Snow 

Carrie (Beth) Robertson, MD, FAHS 

11:10 am – 11:25 am  Post Traumatic Headache 

Juliana Vanderpluym, MD, FAHS 

11:25 am – 11:40 am  Vestibular Symptoms and Headache 

Shin C. Beh, MD 

11:40 am – 12:05 pm  Functional Neurological Disorders in Headache Medicine  

Jon Stone, PhD 

12:05 pm – 12:35 pm  Q&A Panel Discussion 
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm  Lunch/Break/Exhibits 
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm  Frontiers in Headache Research Award Lectures 

Recipients TBD 

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm  Plenary III: Steven B. Graff-Radford Award Lectureship 

Moderator:  Marcelo Romero Reyes, DDS, PhD, FAHS 

Co-moderator: Steven D. Bender, DDS, FAHS 

Recipient TBD 

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Plenary IV: Seeking Enrichment and Meaningfulness in Your Headache Practice  

Moderator:  Niushen Zhang, MD, FAHS 

Co-moderator: Scott W. Powers, PhD, FAHS  

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm  Thriving with Changing Roles in Medicine 

Heidi Beck Schwarz, MD 

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm  Burnout… Say the Word (How to Identify Burnout)  

Dawn C. Buse, PhD, FAHS 

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm  Clinician Advocacy as an Antidote to Burnout 

Lawrence C. Newman, MD, FAHS 

3:45 pm – 4:20 pm  Reigniting (Com)Passion in Medicine 

Agnes Wong, MD, PhD, FRCSC  

Interviewed by Deborah I. Friedman, MD, MPH, FAHS 

4:20 pm – 4:35 pm  Approaching the Challenging Visit 

Stephanie J. Nahas, MD, MSEd, FAHS 

4:35 pm – 5:00 pm  Q&A Panel Discussion 
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm   Exhibits 
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm  Special Interest Section Fair 
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm  Town Hall 
6:30 am – 8:30 am  Continental Breakfast and Exhibits 
7:00 am – 8:30 am  Plenary V: Cutting Edge: The Future State of Headache Medicine  

Moderator: Kathleen B. Digre, MD, FAHS 

Co-moderator: Christine L. Lay, MD, FAHS 

7:00 am – 7:15 am  (New) Delta Opioid Receptors 

Amynah Pradhan, PhD  

7:15 am – 7:30 am  “New” Romodulation (Neuromodulation)  

Stewart J. Tepper, MD, FAHS 

7:30 am – 7:45 am  New Targets 

Andrew C. Charles, MD, FAHS 

7:45 am – 8:00 am  New Pharmacology 


8:00 am – 8:30 am  Q&A Panel Discussion 
8:30 am – 10:00 am  Plenary VI: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Headache Medicine 

Moderators: Rebecca Erwin Wells, MD, MPH, FAHS;  

Cynthia E. Armand, MD 

Co-moderator: Peter J. Goadsby, MD, PhD, FAHS 

8:30 am – 8:45 am  Bias: Effect on Health Care  

David McIntosh, PhD  

8:45 am – 9:00 am  The Impact of Bias on Pain Perception  

Larry “L.C” Charleston, MD, FAHS 

9:00 am – 9:20 am  The Value of Implicit Bias Training 

Quinn Capers, MD  

9:20 am – 9:35 am  Ways to do Better Now 

Elizabeth W. Loder, MD, MPH, FAHS 

9:35 am – 10:00 am  Q&A Panel Discussion  
10:00 am – 10:30 am   Refreshments and Exhibits 
10:30 am – 11:00 am  Plenary VII: Debate – Chicken or the Egg: Sleep and Migraine 

Moderator: Rami Burstein, PhD 

Co-moderator: Stephanie J. Nahas, MD, MSEd, FAHS 

PRO: Richard B. Lipton, MD, FAHS 

CON: Gisela Terwindt, MD, PhD, MSc 

11:00 am – 11:30 am  Women’s Health Science Award Lecture 

Moderators: Deena E. Kuruvilla, MD; Huma Sheikh, MD 

Co-moderator: Rashmi B. Halker Singh, MD, FAHS 

Recipient TBD 

11:30 am – 1:00 pm  Plenary VIII: Women’s Health: The Most Common Questions 

Moderator: Thomas Berk, MD 

Co-moderator: Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS 

11:30 am – 11:45 am  The Most Common Questions I Get Asked on Headache Neuroimaging in Pregnancy 

Jennifer McVige, MD 

11:45 am – 12:00 pm  The Most Common Questions I Get Asked on Migraine Treatment During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding 

Rebecca Burch, MD, FAHS 

12:00 pm -12:15pm  The Most Common Questions I Get Asked on Migraine and Hormones (Menstrual Migraine, Migraine and Menopause) 

Vincent T. Martin, MD 

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm  The Most Common Questions I Get Asked on Migraine and Stroke in Women 

Gretchen E. Tietjen, MD 

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm  Q&A Panel Discussion 
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm  Lunch/Break/Exhibits 
2:30 pm – 4:15 pm  Concurrent Sessions 
  CS1: Skills Training   

Moderator: Paul G. Mathew, MD, FAHS 

Co-moderator: Deborah I. Friedman, MD, MPH, FAHS 

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm  Neurotoxin Therapy 

Andrew Blumenfeld, MD, FAHS 

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm  Nerve Blocks 

Carrie Dougherty, MD, FAHS  

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm  Oromandibular Exam for the Headache Practitioner 

Steven D. Bender, DDS, FAHS 

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm  Hands-On Demonstration 

Demonstrators: Carrie Dougherty, MD, FAHS; Steven D. Bender, DDS, FAHS; Andrew Blumenfeld, MD, FAHS; Christina Szperka, MD, FAHS; Morris Levin, MD, FAHS; Maureen A. Moriarty, APRN, DNP, FAHS 

  CS2: Science 

Moderator: Andrew F. Russo, PhD 

Co-moderator: Amynah Pradhan, PhD 

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm  Spatial Aspects of Pain Modulation in Adolescents with Migraine  

Hadas Nahman-Averbuch, PhD 

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm  Headache and Negative Affect 

Maggie Waung, MD, PhD  

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm  Anti-CGRP Monoclonal Antibodies in Animal  

Models of mTBI 

Anne-Sophie Wattiez, PhD 

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm  Non-Invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation in Animal Models of Trigeminal Sensitization 

Paul L. Durham, PhD 

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm  Small Animal Imaging and Migraine 

Samuel Grant, PhD 

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm  Q&A Panel Discussion 
  CS3 Headache 202: Beyond the Basics for Advanced Clinicians  

Moderator: Todd J. Schwedt, MD, MSCI, FAHS 

Co-moderator: Matthew S. Robbins, MD, FAHS  

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm  Chronic Migraine 

Merle L. Diamond, MD 

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm  Chronic Cluster Headache 

Christopher H. Gottschalk, MD, FAHS 

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm  Refractory Pediatric Headache 

Marcy E. Yonker, MD, FAHS 

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm  New Daily Persistent Headache 

Randolph W. Evans, MD, FAHS  

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm  Q&A Panel Discussion 
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Concurrent Sessions 
  CS4:  Skills Training 

Moderator: Paul G. Mathew, MD, FAHS 

Co-moderator: Rashmi B. Halker Singh, MD, FAHS  

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm  Neurotoxin Therapy 

Andrew Blumenfeld, MD, FAHS 

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm  Nerve Blocks 

Amaal Starling, MD, FAHS 

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm  Oromandibular Exam for the Headache Practitioner 

Steven D. Bender, DDS, FAHS 

5:15 pm – 6:00 pm  Hands-On Demonstration 

Demonstrators: Aamal Starling, MD, FAHS; Steven D. Bender, DDS, FAHS; Deborah I. Friedman, MD, MPH, FAHS; Andrew Blumenfeld, MD, FAHS; 

Ana Marissa Lagman-Bartolome, MD, FAHS; 

Maureen A. Moriarty, APRN, DNP, FAHS 

  CS5: Pediatric Headache 

Moderator: Alexandra C. Ross, PhD  

Co-moderator: Amy Gelfand, MD, FAHS  

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm  School and Headaches in Children and Adolescents – The Impact of COVID-19 

Jessica Gautreaux, MD 

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm  Caring for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Headache: A Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Hope L. O’Brien, MD, MBA, FAHS 

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm  How the Pandemic Impacts the Management of Headache in Children and Their Families 

Meghan S. Candee, MD, MS 

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm  Biobehavioral Care – Latest Evidence and Interdisciplinary Care in the Time of a Pandemic 

Emily Law, PhD 

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm  Q&A Panel Discussion 
  CS6: Secondary Headache Syndromes: CSF Pressure Disorders 

Moderator: Linda Gray Leithe, MD 

Co-moderator: Christine L. Lay, MD, FAHS 

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm  SIH Clinical Diagnosis 

Deborah I. Friedman, MD, MPH, FAHS 

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm  Imaging in CSF Pressure Disorders 

Linda Gray Leithe, MD  

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm  SIH Treatment: Surgery 

Wouter Schievink, MD 

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm  Neurointerventional Treatment of CSF Pressure Disorders 

Peter Kranz, MD  

5:30 pm – 5:45 pm  IIH Diagnosis  

Kathleen B. Digre, MD, FAHS 

5:45 pm – 6:00 pm  IIH Treatment 

Grant T. Liu, MD 

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm  Q&A Panel Discussion 
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm  Reception 
6:30 am – 7:30 am  Continental Breakfast 
7:00 am – 8:00 am  Expert Opinions: Pearls for Status Migrainosus and Headache Treatment in the Emergency Department  

Moderator: R. Allan Purdy, MD, FAHS 

Co-moderator: Jennifer Robblee, MD, MSc 


Hans-Christoph Diener, MD, PhD  

A. Laine Green, MD, MSc, FAHS  

Jessica Kiarashi, MD 

Morris Levin, MD, FAHS 

8:00 am – 10:00 am  Practice Management Session 

Moderator: Brad C. Klein, MD, MBA, FAHS 

Co-moderator: Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS  

8:00 am – 8:20 am  Telemedicine Best Practices and Billing Updates 

Raissa Villanueva, MD, MPH 

8:20 am – 8:35 am  Starting an Academic Headache Center 

Katherine Hamilton, MD 

8:35 am – 8:50 am  Starting a Medical System-Based Headache Center 

Jaclyn R. Duvall, MD 

8:50 am – 9:05 am  Starting a Private Headache Practice 

Audrey L. Halpern, MD 

9:05 am – 9:20 am  Non-Insurance Practice Models 

Susan Hutchinson, MD 

9:20 am – 10:00 am  Q&A Panel Discussion 
8:00 am – 8:45 am  Journals and Publications 

Moderator: Thomas N. Ward, MD, FAHS 

Co-moderator: Rashmi B. Halker Singh, MD, FAHS  

8:00 am – 8:20 am  HEADACHE® 

Amy Gelfand, MD, FAHS 

8:20 am – 8:40 am  And the Rest… 

R. Allan Purdy, MD, FAHS 

8:40 am – 8:45 am  Q&A Panel Discussion 
8:45 am – 9:15 am  Migraine in the Workplace: AMF GPAC update 

Moderator: Lawrence C. Newman, MD, FAHS  

Co-moderator: Christine Lay, MD, FAHS 


David W. Dodick, MD, FAHS 

Nim Lalvani, MPH 

9:15 am – 10:00 am  Meditation and Mindfulness: A Practical Approach 

Moderator: Dawn C. Buse, PhD, FAHS 


Scott W. Powers, PhD, FAHS 

Elizabeth Seng, PhD, FAHS 

2021 Scottsdale Headache Symposium


2021 Scottsdale Headache Symposium® Registration Fees and Information

Registration is now open for AHS members. Click here to register.

Registration will open on August 16, 2021 for all others.

Registration will take place online only. If you need assistance or have multiple attendees from your organization to register, please contact the AHS office at ahshq@talley.com or 856-423-0043.

The registration brochure will be available soon.

Registration Categories and Fees*

Early Bird Rate

Before Oct. 1

Regular Rate

Oct. 1 – Nov. 7


After Nov. 7

AHS Active Member/Non-member
(MD, DO, PhD, DDS, PharmD)
$450/$650 $500/$725 $750/$975
AHS Associate Member/Non-member
(RN, NP, PA)
$200/$250 $250/$300 $500/$550
AHS Trainee Member/Non-member $150/$200 $150/$200 $400/$400
Active Military Personnel $200 $200 $500
Industry Representative $650.00 $725 $975

Pre-Meeting Course Registration Fees

Early Bird Rate

Before Oct. 1

Regular Rate

Oct. 1 – Nov. 7


After Nov. 7

AHS Member Complimentary Complimentary $250
Non-member $200 $250 $400

*Prices are the same for the In-person or Virtual experiences

Symposium registration includes admittance to all educational sessions, (except where noted), the exhibit hall, continental breakfast and refreshment breaks each day, as well as several evening receptions during the event.

The American Headache Society® (AHS) is actively monitoring the health and safety guidance from the Centers for Disease Control as well as state and local health departments. AHS requires attendees to abide by any applicable rules of conduct or local or state laws that may be announced at any time before or during the event, which may include wearing personal protective gear, engaging in social distancing, agreeing to temperature checks or COVID-19 testing requirements, or providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination status. More information on the health and safety plan for this event will be published closer to the start of the event.  

All registrants will have to attest to either being fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to arriving for the event or have had a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of arriving. 

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. Mail to:

American Headache Society
2021 Scottsdale Registration
19 Mantua Road
Mount Royal, NJ 08061

Credit cards are the preferred method of payment. 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 Scottsdale Headache Symposium. Please do not send cash or travelers checks through the mail.

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 per attendee (after the first attendee pays full price) will be applied.

If requested, the AHS will send a personal invitation for participation at the Scottsdale Headache Symposium. This invitation is only meant to assist participants in raising travel funds and obtaining a VISA. This is not a commitment on the part of the AHS to provide any financial support.

Requests must be submitted via email no later than Thursday, October 31, 2021.  Once the cancellation is processed, all fees paid will be refunded. If paid by credit card, please allow up to five business days for the credit to show in your bank account.  THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS AFTER THE OCTOBER 31 DEADLINE.

Attendees who signed up for the In-person Experience may transfer to the Virtual Experience with no penalty. Substitutions will be accepted until November 5, 2021. For cancellations, substitutions, or experience changes, please contact us at ahshq@talley.com.

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

The JW Marriott Camelback Inn, located in Scottsdale, AZ, is nestled on 125 acres of naturally landscaped desert where guests can enjoy an authentic southwestern experience.  With traditional southwestern décor, the Inn’s casitas are spread throughout the hotel’s desert landscape and all have balconies or patios. Experience the best of Scottsdale with traditional and modern amenities, just minutes from downtown Phoenix, AZ.  

The group room rate at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn for symposium participants is $299.00 for a single or double room, plus prevailing taxes. Room reservations and rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis until Saturday, October 23, 2021, or until the room block is sold out, whichever comes first. After that date, reservation requests will be based on the hotel’s prevailing rate. All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card.   

Please note reservations within the AHS block of rooms are for registered attendees ONLY. Reservations made by non-registrants will not receive the discounted rate. 

Once you have registered for the meeting, you will receive the housing link and password in your registration confirmation email. 

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2021 Scottsdale Headache Symposium


“Frontiers in Headache Research” Scholarship Award

The American Headache Society announces the availability of “Frontiers in Headache Research” Scholarship Awards to attend the 2021 Scottsdale Headache Symposium, November 18-21, 2021 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn.

Recipients will be selected based on the quality of their research proposal or study and the potential for the proposal, study or thesis to contribute to the advancement of the field of headache medicine. Applicants must be a headache medicine Fellow, Resident and/or post-doctoral fellow in the US or Canada who is in preparatory, active or completion phase of a basic or clinical research project that is related to headache or cranial nociception. Applicants must not have won an AHS scholarship within the past two years. Past winners within two years are not eligible to apply.

Recipients will receive complimentary meeting registration and a one-year AHS Trainee membership if not already a member of AHS, or a one-year extension of their existing AHS Trainee membership, and be eligible to receive a stipend up to $1,000 to cover travel expenses.

Applicants must submit the electronic application and all supporting materials no later than Monday, August 30, 2021.

Apply Here