Headache Fellowship

The division’s headache fellowship strives to train fellows to practice headache medicine ethically, thoughtfully, comprehensively, independently, and confidently through clinical work, research, teaching, and presentations.

The fellow will gain experience in both adult and pediatric headache disorders from three UCNS certified headache specialists, as well as other experienced headache specialists.


Our division expects headache fellows to perform original research and present that research, as well as gain specific skills.


  • Present at AHS annual meeting (original work)
  • Participate in headache medicine teaching residents and students
  • Present at University of Utah neurology grand rounds
  • Present case at WINO


  • Formulate research project in consultation with Drs. Brenna, Digre, and Kerr at the start of the fellowship
  • Write two to three papers, case studies, and/or related to research


  • Headache structured history and examination
  • Botox for chronic migraine
  • Trigger point and nerve blocks
  • Neuro-ophthalmology training to diagnose headache disorders


Below is a proposed training schedule for headache fellows:

  • Adult headache clinic-5 half days per week: Fellows are trained in the diagnosis and management of complex headache patients
  • Pediatric headache and integrative medicine: One half day per week; encompasses medical and non-pharmacological management of headaches in adolescents and children, including medical acupuncture
  • Neuropsychology: One half day per month; training in the non-pharmacological management of complex headaches, including stress relief techniques, biofeedback, and cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics: Fellows complete formal graduate-level coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics as part of their training
  • Anesthesia/PM&R: Fellows have the option to complete rotations in anesthesia, pain medicine, or physical medicine and rehabilitation


Headache fellows have numerous opportunities to present their work at conferences. Some conference options include:

  • Weekly Neurology Grand Rounds
  • Quarterly Journal Club through American Headache Society
  • Western Intermountain Neurological Organization (WINO) Annual Conference
  • American Headache Society Annual Meeting
  • Brainstorm Neuroscience Conference
  • Other national meetings arranged with director


Interested applicants should send a

  • CV,
  • statement of interest,
  • and three letters of recommendation.

Please email your application materials to:

Neli Olson
Fellowship Coordinator

729 Arapeen Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Phone: 801-587-9625
Fax: 801-581-4192
Email: neli.olson@hsc.utah.edu

Contact Us

Neli Olson
Fellowship Coordinator

Department of Neurology
Division of Headache & Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship

Phone: 801-587-9625
Fax: 801-581-4192
Email: neli.olson@hsc.utah.edu

729 Arapeen Drive
Salt Lake City, UT