Robert Cowan, MD, FAAN

Headache and facial pain specialist

Clinical Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences Clinical Professor (By courtesy), Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
4.5 out of 5
137 Patient Ratings
17 Patient Comments

Headache and Facial Pain Clinic

Pain Management Center

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Pavilion A, 1st Floor
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-6238
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Headache and Facial Pain Clinic at the Pain Clinic in Redwood City

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)
4.7

Friendliness

4.5

Recommended to others

4.5

Explanations

4.5

Listens

4.5

Includes you in decisions

4.7

Clear Communication

4.6

Confidence in your doctor

4.0

Wait times

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.

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4.5 out of 5
137 Patient Ratings
17 Patient Comments

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.