Robert Cowan, MD, FAAN

Headache and facial pain specialist

Clinical Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences Clinical Professor (By courtesy), Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Headache and Facial Pain Clinic

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-723-6469
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Pain Management Center

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-6238
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Headache and Facial Pain Clinic at the Pain Clinic in Redwood City

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-6469
Learn More About the Clinic Getting Here Make An Appointment

Professional Education

Board Certification, Unified Council of Neurologic Subspecialties, Headache Medicine (2008)

Board Certification, American Academy of Pain Medicine (2000)

Residency: LAC and USC Medical Center (1990) CA

Internship: LAC and USC Medical Center (1987) CA

Medical Education: Keck School of Medicine University of Southern CA (1986) CA

Board Certification: Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1994)

Honors & Awards

Fellow, American Headache Society (2010)

Fellow, American Academy of Neurology (2006)

Chief Resident, LAC/USC, Los Angeles, California (1989)

Woodrow Wilson Scholar, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts (1972)

Magna Cum Laude, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts (1972)

Administrative Appointments

President, Headache Cooperative of the Pacific, 2012

Director,Stanford Headache Program, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2011

Chair, Refractory Headache Special Interest Section, American Headache Society, American Headache Society, 2012

Vice President, Headache Cooperative of the Pacific, 2007

Program Director, Headache Cooperative of the Pacific, 2007

CAM in the Real World: You May Practice Evidence-Based Medicine, But Your Patients Don't.
Cowan, R. P. (2014). CAM in the Real World: You May Practice Evidence-Based Medicine, But Your Patients Don't. Headache, 54(6), 1097-1102.

Does exercise make migraines worse and tension type headaches better?
Hindiyeh, N. A., Krusz, J. C., & Cowan, R. P. (2013). Does exercise make migraines worse and tension type headaches better?. Current pain and headache reports, 17(12), 380-?.

Executive Function Changes before Memory in Preclinical Alzheimer's Pathology: A Prospective, Cross-Sectional, Case Control Study
Harrington, M. G., Chiang, J., Pogoda, J. M., Gomez, M., Thomas, K., & Fonteh, A. N. (2013). Executive Function Changes before Memory in Preclinical Alzheimer's Pathology: A Prospective, Cross-Sectional, Case Control Study. PLOS ONE, 8(11).

Phospholipase C activity increases in cerebrospinal fluid from migraineurs in proportion to the number of comorbid conditions: a case-control study
Fonteh, A. N., Pogoda, J. M., Chung, R., Cowan, R. P., & Harrington, M. G. (2013). Phospholipase C activity increases in cerebrospinal fluid from migraineurs in proportion to the number of comorbid conditions: a case-control study. JOURNAL OF HEADACHE AND PAIN, 14.

Cerebrospinal fluid phosopholipase C activity increases in migraine.
Alfred N Fonteh, Rainbow Chung, Tara L Sharma, R Danielle Fisher, Janice M Pogoda, & Michael G Harrington. (2011). Cerebrospinal fluid phosopholipase C activity increases in migraine. Cephalalgia, 31 (4).

Capillary Endothelial Na+, K+, ATPase Transporter Homeostasis and a New Theory for Migraine Pathophysiology.
Harrington, M. G., Fonteh, A.N., Arakaki, X., & R. (2010). Capillary Endothelial Na+, K+, ATPase Transporter Homeostasis and a New Theory for Migraine Pathophysiology. Headache, 50 (3).

The morphology and biochemistry of nanostructures provide evidence for synthesis and signaling functions in human cerebrospinal fluid.
Harrington MG, Fonteh AN, Oborina E, Liao P, Cowan RP, & Huhmer AF. (2009). The morphology and biochemistry of nanostructures provide evidence for synthesis and signaling functions in human cerebrospinal fluid. Cerebrospinal Fluid Res..

Prostaglandin D Synthase Isoforms from Cerebrospinal Fluid Vary with Brain Physiology.
Harrinton MG, F. An. B. Rg. H. Af. C. Rp. (2006). Prostaglandin D Synthase Isoforms from Cerebrospinal Fluid Vary with Brain Physiology. Disease Markers, 22 (1-2).

Cerebrospinal Fluid Sodium Increases in Migraine
Harrington MG, F. An. C. Rp. P. K. P. Jm. B. Rg. H. Afr. (2006). Cerebrospinal Fluid Sodium Increases in Migraine. Headache, 46 (7).