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The MRF’s Directory of Headache and Migraine Specialists

The Migraine Research Foundation raises money to fund research grants that will further the understanding of migraine, leading to better treatments and ultimately a cure.

MRF is also committed to helping sufferers and the parents of kids who suffer from migraines.

We are often asked for referrals to an experienced and knowledgeable headache doctor. As a result, MRF has produced two proprietary directories:

  • A list of UCNS-certified migraine and headache specialists
  • A list of headache centers that will treat children with migraines.

Both lists are organized by city and state so that it’s easy to find a doctor nearby.

MRF’s Certified Headache Specialist List

The United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties is an independent, non-profit, professional medical organization that certifies competency in physicians who have passed a special headache subspecialty examination, which has only been offered three times since it was established in 2005. MRF has combined the lists of the doctors who passed these exams, contacted each doctor to find out where he/she is practicing, a phone number for making an appointment, and the age of the patients seen. Doctors who have passed the certification exam are included on the list if we were able to locate them Access the UCNS-certified migraine and headache specialist list here!

MRF’s List of Children’s Headache Centers

Since there are only about 300 certified headache doctors in the US, it’s hard enough to find a migraine or headache specialist and get an appointment. But there are even fewer experienced, knowledgeable headache doctors who will treat children under the age of 16. MRF’s list of children’s headache centers was painstakingly compiled to include centers with at least one fulltime headache doctor who treats children. The list includes the doctor’s name, the address of the practice, a phone number for making an appointment, and the age range of the patients. The doctors on this list are not necessarily UCNS certified. Access the list of headache centers that will treat children with migraines here.

Please note that the Migraine Research Foundation has prepared these lists of migraine and headache specialists to assist sufferers in finding a physician in their area. MRF does not endorse these physicians and is not responsible for their actions. While we have made every effort to verify the accuracy of the information on the lists and will continue to update them, MRF cannot warranty their accuracy. Please contact us with any changes or corrections.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.


  • MidrinMan
    9 months ago

    Well thank you. That list was kinda helpful. The inner webs give one doc in Oregon and give the fax number only. After some digging, I got a number and got put on hold for twenty minutes. The nice young lady says they don’t take my insurance and don’t take folks without a referral. If I can talk my doc into a referral, (uh huh) I then have to talk OHSU into taking my insurance ( nuh uh). This process weeds me out. Health insurance is so bad right now that the docs have to make a devil’s bargain in care quality to get paid. (Insurance won’t pay for this, insurance won’t pay for that). The end product looks like someone being sent to Jiffy lube to get their transmission replaced.

    Redirection, redirection, redirection.

  • Krista
    6 years ago

    The link for Access the UCNS-certified migraine and headache specialist list here! is dead.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Thanks for pointing that out, Krista!

    And thank you Sharon for fixing it!


  • sharon fass
    6 years ago

    The correct link for access to the Migraine Research Foundation’s newly updated and revised Directory of Headache and Migraine Specialists is:

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