Dr. Niushen Zhang specializes in the treatment of headache and facial pain. Dr. Zhang has a special interest in complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of headaches and facial pain. She is the Director of the Headache Fellowship Program at Stanford.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Board Certification, United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties, Headache Medicine
  • Board Certified Neurologist, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Headache Fellowship, Stanford University
  • Neurology Residency, Stanford University
  • Internal Medicine Internship, California Pacific Medical Center
  • M.D., New York University School of Medicine
  • B.S., Yale University

Administrative Appointments
  • Director, Headache Fellowship Program (2018 - Present)

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Practice Locations

Headache Clinic Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

Facial Pain Program Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

450 Broadway Street, Pavilion A, 1st Floor

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 723-6238

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Headache Clinic at Hoover Pavilion Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

211 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-6469

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(75 reviews)

All excellent
I trust Dr. Zang
My only complaint would be that he talks fast -
I'm consistently blown away by how kind, thorough, and collaborative my doctor is! The fellow I saw in the beginning of the visit was also truly wonderful- inclusive, empathetic, a very good doc
Dr. Zhang is truly a godsend. She is one of the most knowledgeable, empathetic doctors I've ever met. You know that you can count on her to receive excellent care, quality advice, and help when you most need it. And I don't just mean in appointments. Dr. Zhang will respond to messages on MyHealth, and she has even telephoned me before. My health problems can be really overwhelming at times. Being able to get help from her when things get really tough has meant the world to me and has undoubtedly made a huge difference in my health and wellbeing. Dr. Zhang is truly an exceptional physician.
Dr. Zhang was terrific wonderful dr. who really understood my problem and took care of it the same day.
The doctor broke my problems down into groups and went into great easy to understand detail as to what tests and care I need moving forward. I couldn't be happier with the consultation I received.
Dr Zhang is probably the most thoughtful doctor I've ever met and obviously cares a ton about the patient's experience.
Made me feel glad I came to Stanford!
Dr. Zhang has been a very good Doctor for me. my thanks go out to her.
Dr suggested the Rx to take all together to CUT my migraine and it WORKED this Wednesday! VERY happy I didn't have 3-5 days of migraines!
It's still a debate whether my headaches are migraine. Dr. Zhang is understanding. She listens well. I'm hoping she can solve my headache problems.
I liked that she was receptive to me not wanting to try a higher dose of a medication that hadn't worked for me.
Dr. Zhang was absolutely fantastic! She really broke things down for me to understand. I am confident she will be able to fix my migraine issues!
I felt listened to, validated and not rushed.
Good experience
I would highly recommend Dr. Zhang. She is kind, knowledgeable, and translates the medical information into relatable terms.
Dr. Zhang Niushen : OUTSTANDING MD! BRILLIANT ! wonderful"bedside manner!" , respectful, compassionate - GREAT COMMUNICATION SKILLS - took lots of time - explained my diagnosis well & gave great ideas to help problem. ONE OF the BEST MD's I've ever seen . was first visit !
Good experience seeing dr. and gave me more knowledge and diagnosis to understand.
I am very grateful for the time Dr. Zhang and her research associate spent with me. After seeing two neurologists in Reno and one Neuro-ophthalmologist in Reno and for suffering with great pain and eye issues for more than two years I finally feel like I received the correct diagnosis thanks to Dr. Zhang. My appointment with her was excellent.
Dr. Zhang is always kind, caring, and makes me feel at ease.
I was very pleased with the care I received from Dr Zhang (and Dr Ogunlaja). They were extremely knowledgable, full of helpful ideas, and very kind. Highly recommended!
She is a amazing and shows so much caring.
We have very good communication via the website as well.
The empathy and compassion demonstrated by Dr. Zhang coupled with her desire to help led her to try something new that help reduces the frequency and severity of my symptoms.
after dealing w/chronic migraine for 25 yrs & persistent visual aura for 20 mos - dr z is the most caring-understanding-thorough dr all my caregivers - she explained things in ways they had never (in 25 yrs) been described & it made so much sense...
I had a fantastic experience with Dr. Zhang!
I always appreciate that Dr. Zhang is thorough & looks at the issue(s) holistically (i.e., sleep, exercise, diet etc., vs. just meds).
Dr. Zhang was fantastic - professional, knowledgeable, compassionate. She took time to ask relevant questions, gave me great information made an effort to include me in the decisions about next steps. Excellent appointment overall.
Dr. Zhang is amazing. She makes you feel like family when she talks to you about your medical concerns. I have been very satisfied w/the care she provides.
I was blown away by how amazing Dr Zheng is. I have had horrible experiences with neurologists. She spent a long time with me, explained everything thoroughly, drew diagrams to me understand, and was compassionate, warm, and kind. actually wondered if she was a social worker at first because her bedside manner was the friendliest of any neurologist I've ever seen.
Dr. Zhang is a good listener and takes time with her patients. She explains everything thoroughly and clearly and always asks if I have questions.
very good
Love Dr. Zhang !
Dr Zhang is awesome. She always makes you feel as if she was treating her own family member when I am at the office. she makes sure I fully understand the treatment process and answers all my questions.
Excellent clinician - good listener, & patient, gave me a lot of time to explain my issue.
Dr. Zhang is fantastic, listens well and asks thoughtful questions. Never makes me feel silly.
Loved working with Dr. Zhang- she was a good listener, explained things well and came up with a good, effective plan to help me with my headaches.
Dr. Zhang is the best provider and best neurologist that I have ever had, out of the four neurologists and several health care providers that I have seen over the last 2-3 years. She started the visit by asking me what my questions were, and made sure that she answered each one of them. She gauged my level of understanding before launching into an explanation about anything. She also was attentive to my light sensitivity and kept the patient room dark during my visit. Dr. Zhang was very thorough and even made sure to ask me about my mood. None of my neurologists in the past have asked me directly about that. Above all, she listened more than she talked, which showed that she really cared.
Dr. Zhang is fantastic!
Dr. Zhang was fantastic--the best doctor I've ever had.
Dr Zhang was outstanding, she made me feel like she was taking care of a family member. for the first time I felt a Dr took the time to really figure out what my issue is and how to fix it. Her explanation of my headaches and the treatment plan was easy for me to understand.
Dr. Niushen Zhang is an exemplary health care provider! Her ability to listen and address concerns is unparalleled in my experience. CLONE HER!
The Dr. was easy to talk to, made me feel comfortable, and explained things to me in a way that was easy to understand!
Dr. Zhang made sure that every concern was answered before I left.
I'm very pleased with the care Dr. Zhang provides, I would recommend her to others. She is caring and shows interest in my case. Her office runs on time and is well-organized.
Dr Zhang is an excellent doctor!!! She is thorough, compassionate, pleasant and confident, shows genuine concern for my health and well being, knowledgeable, excellent listener, spot on understanding of my condition and gave me great advise and direction for improving and maintaining optimum health, the whole body approach.
I absolutely LOVE coming in for my botox treatments for my migraines. Everyone who has given me the injections has been AMAZING! This last go around was even better since we decided to adjust my appointment schedule to help reduce my migraines towards weeks 10-12. I cannot say enough about how happy I am!
very caring to help me find out what is happening or wrong
Dr. Zhang is the 7th neurologist I have had a visit with and may be my favorite.
Dr. Zhang was excellent about taking my concerns in mind, offering different options, and asking good questions. I feel more comfortable asking her questions and feel she responds to them more directly than did my previous physician at this practice. I did not see Nurse Barch at this visit, but I also find speaking to her productive.
Dr. Niushen Zhang is one of the absolute best doctors I've ever encountered--professional, sharp, informative, caring, insightful, on-time--absolutely wonderful!
If I could give Dr. Zhang higher marks I would. She was very very attentive understanding informative.
Both doctors I saw were excellent : friendly, competent, caring.
Dr. Zhang is fantastic, as is everyone else I have encountered at the clinic.
This was probably the best doctor appt I've ever had anywhere. It was follow-up to receiving some instructions regarding my condition, which I followed and had great results.
Could not have asked for better.
Dr. Zhang is an excellent doctor. She always remembers what we discussed at prior appointments and always provides good information for new symptoms I may have. I feel very secure in her care and I very much appreciate her compassion and interest in her patients. I would highly recommend her to others.
Dr. Zhang is a wonderful, highly knowledgeable, friendly and an absolutely, wonderful doctor. I feel confident with the treatment plain. I would highly recommend her to anyone who has head pain... She is one of the best I've seen.
Dr. Ekpo (not sure of spelling since I saw her instead of my usual doctor) was wonderful and even informed me that I needed to come in for a one-year appointment in addition to my next set of injections. She is a lovely doctor who truly makes me feel cared for.
i am so blessed to have such good care at stanford my dr zhang is amazing
Dr. Zhang answers all my questions and never rushes me through. I am very happy with her care.
The compassion exhibited by Dr Zhang was amazing and inspired hope that something could be done for my condition.
I've never/rarely experienced such high levels of attention & concern given from a physician before. Both doc & PA/resident listened & didn't make me feel rushed.
I thought I already knew all there is to know about migraines, but the doctor recommended some treatment and life style changes that have already helped enormously.
Dr. Ekpo and Dr. Zhang provided extremely good care all around. they went above and beyond this time, even reassuring and helping me through insurance problems interrupting care. my previous Doctor before Stanford gave me doubts that I was being treated by a knowledgeable staff, but Stanford is always the opposite. my life has drastically been changed because of the quality of care at Stanford in every department.
I was impressed with the amount of time my physician spent with me. I felt listened to and cared for exceptionally well.
dr. Zhang was fantastic! very impressed by her bedside manner.
My experience with Dr. Zhang has been extremely positive. I appreciate all the time she has given me in helping me determine my health issues and finding a solution.
Dr. Zhang was incredibly patient and thorough. I felt heard and understood. Dr. Zhang did not seem rushed. She was focused on my care and her attention was much appreciated.
Excellent provider. Would like to see her again
One of the best Dr's visits I've ever had. She spent over an hour with me, really listened to me, obviously understood the topic so well that it was significantly better than my PCP (who was still helpful but this went to a new level)
very professional and courteous. Willing to consider my ideas as to the problem. Makes effort to contact and speak with me personally after discharge.
I was there for Botox. I tried asking questions about my case and it was clear the Dr. had not read my file and was not informed enough to answer questions. she just wanted to do the shots.
Dr. Zhang is an excellent doctor, and I really appreciate rushing the botox through my insurance to get it approved. She really cared about helping me and I've not had a doctor who cared so much and followed through for me to that degree.

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