Robert Cowan, MD, FAAN

Headache and facial pain specialist

Clinical Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences Clinical Professor (By courtesy), Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
4.6 out of 5
153 Patient Ratings
11 Patient Comments

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 - Present)

Director,Stanford Headache Program, Stanford University School of Medicine (2011 - Present)

Chair, Refractory Headache Special Interest Section, American Headache Society, American Headache Society (2012 - Present)

Vice President, Headache Cooperative of the Pacific (2007 - 2012)

Program Director, Headache Cooperative of the Pacific (2007 - 2011)

Patient Ratings and Comments

4.7

Friendliness

4.5

Recommended to others

4.5

Explanations

4.6

Listens

4.5

Includes you in decisions

4.7

Clear Communication

4.6

Confidence in your doctor

4.0

Wait times

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.

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Prevalence of migraine headache and its weight on neurological burden in Africa: a 43-year systematic review and meta-analysis of community-based studies.
Woldeamanuel, Y. W., Andreou, A. P., & Cowan, R. P. (2014). Prevalence of migraine headache and its weight on neurological burden in Africa: a 43-year systematic review and meta-analysis of community-based studies. Journal of the neurological sciences, 342(1-2), 1-15.

Prevalence of migraine headache and its weight on neurological burden in Africa: A 43-year systematic review and Meta-analysis of community-based studies
Woldeamanuel, Y. W., Andreou, A. P., & Cowan, R. P. (2014). Prevalence of migraine headache and its weight on neurological burden in Africa: A 43-year systematic review and Meta-analysis of community-based studies. JOURNAL OF THE NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES, 342(1-2), 1-15.

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).

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).

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).

4.6 out of 5
153 Patient Ratings
11 Patient Comments

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, 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.