Robert Cowan, MD, FAAN

Headache and facial pain specialist

4.6 out of 5
140 Patient Ratings
23 Patient Comments

Headache and Facial Pain Clinic

Headache and Facial Pain Clinic at the Pain Clinic in Redwood City

Headache and Facial Pain Clinic at Boswell Building

Pain Management Center

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Pavilion A, 1st Floor
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-6238
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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

  • Magna Cum Laude, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts (1972)
  • Woodrow Wilson Scholar, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts (1972)
  • Chief Resident, LAC/USC, Los Angeles, California (1989)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Neurology (2006)
  • Fellow, American Headache Society (2010)

Administrative Appointments

  • Program Director, Headache Cooperative of the Pacific (2007 - 2011)
  • Vice President, Headache Cooperative of the Pacific (2007 - 2012)
  • Chair, Refractory Headache Special Interest Section, American Headache Society, American Headache Society (2012 - Present)
  • Director,Stanford Headache Program, Stanford University School of Medicine (2011 - Present)
  • President, Headache Cooperative of the Pacific (2012 - Present)

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4.7

Friendliness

4.5

Recommended to others

4.5

Explanations

4.6

Listens

4.6

Includes you in decisions

4.8

Clear Communication

4.6

Confidence in your doctor

4.0

Wait times

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Loved Dr. Cowan very nice & knowledgeable.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

This is a great doctor and I am thankful to be seen by him.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

So far, I'm very happy w/the treatment options I've been presented with -

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Both Doc Cowan and his assistant were wonderful and very helpful.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

I was required to bring disc with radiology studies. These were never reviewed with me. It was clear that Dr. Cowan did not read my entire medical record prior to my visit.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

The best migraine doctor I have ever seen!

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Dr. McCawley & Dr. Cowan were very thorough & wonderful. Felt like I was in good hands.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Always get more time w/the fellow than Dr. Cowan.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Awesome doctor - good listener. (Fellow was also wonderful.)

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Dr. Cowan treated me with respect and had genuine concerns about my health. Dr. Aurora and Carol Ann Barch don't seem to care about helping me.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Dr. Cowan and his fellows were superb in all ways.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

This was a consultation arranged by my treating neurologist (from Stanford) to assess my eligibility for a procedure performed elsewhere in Stanford - a limited, non-traditional role for Cowan.

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4.6 out of 5
140 Patient Ratings
23 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Loved Dr. Cowan very nice & knowledgeable.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

This is a great doctor and I am thankful to be seen by him.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

So far, I'm very happy w/the treatment options I've been presented with -

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Both Doc Cowan and his assistant were wonderful and very helpful.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

I was required to bring disc with radiology studies. These were never reviewed with me. It was clear that Dr. Cowan did not read my entire medical record prior to my visit.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

The best migraine doctor I have ever seen!

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Dr. McCawley & Dr. Cowan were very thorough & wonderful. Felt like I was in good hands.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Always get more time w/the fellow than Dr. Cowan.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Awesome doctor - good listener. (Fellow was also wonderful.)

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Dr. Cowan treated me with respect and had genuine concerns about my health. Dr. Aurora and Carol Ann Barch don't seem to care about helping me.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Dr. Cowan and his fellows were superb in all ways.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

This was a consultation arranged by my treating neurologist (from Stanford) to assess my eligibility for a procedure performed elsewhere in Stanford - a limited, non-traditional role for Cowan.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Love Doctor Cowan!! Wished I'd come sooner.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

When I see Dr. Cowan it's amazing! Yet NOT so when I see Barch, etc. Wish you were less busy so I could always see Dr. Cowan.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

99% of visit was with assistant doctor (she had a fellowship). Dr. Cowan spent 5 minutes or less with me.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

Super happy with my care from Dr. Cowan & Dr. Barch.

SHC Patient, May 2014

Dr. Cowan was great.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

GREAT effort to include me in decision making, but I felt rushed to make decision without enough information.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

This provider and I "clash" on some aspects of my care re: medications - opiates, so I've been transferring most of my care, aside from Botox to other providers. He is, however, very friendly & caring.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

I was really nervous to get botox for my migraines. Dr. Cowan really eased that fear.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Dr. Cowan was very friendly, competent & informed - - helped me with decisions re" my care. Feel confident seeing him.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

'Botox day' did not allow time so I am returning to talk.

SHC Patient, Jan 2014

Very respectful.