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Headache Center

The Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Headache Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital offers comprehensive care for both chronic and acute migraines and headaches. Your multidisciplinary team includes board-certified neurologists, pharmacologists, neuropsychologists, and a team of integrative providers dedicated to the treatment of headaches and migraines.

The Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Headache Center is a multidisciplinary center that uses a collaborative approach to treatment and is experienced in the care of complex or difficult-to-treat headache conditions.

Whether you are experiencing your first migraine, or have ongoing headaches and migraines with a history of unsuccessful treatments, our goal is to help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Care for Chronic and Acute Headaches

For patients who experience chronic and acute headaches, the Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Headache Center offers a range of treatments for conditions including:


  • Cluster Headaches
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Tension Headaches


Meet the Teams

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The Northwestern Medicine Headache and Concussion Teams specialize in migraines, as well as neurological conditions that can cause headaches. This specialized care helps Northwestern physicians develop an individualized treatment plan designed to best meet the needs of patients.

In Need of Urgent Headache Care?

Note: To schedule an urgent appointment with the Comprehensive Headache Center, you must have an established headache diagnosis with a Northwestern Medicine neurologist.

If you have not seen a Northwestern Medicine neurologist, please call 312.695.7950 to establish care.

Intake Process

The Comprehensive Headache Center triage clinic team can be reached by calling 312.695.7950 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

The clinic team will assess current clinic capacity and initiate a brief triage discussion to determine the appropriate care setting.

The last urgent appointment of the day will be scheduled for 1:00 p.m. to allow for adequate time for assessment and treatment. We strongly recommend calling before noon (12:00 p.m.) to schedule an urgent same/next day appointment.

The Comprehensive Headache Center is not:

  • A walk-in clinic

  • A substitute for the Emergency Department

  • Suitable for every patient with headache/migraine

Why Choose Us

The Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Headache Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital offers patients comprehensive evaluation by a board-certified neurologist specializing in headaches.

We offer priority appointments for migraine emergencies, and same/next day infusion for management of acute headache/migraine. The Center also offers a full-service infusion center with comfortable, private rooms, including: TVs, heated blankets and reclining chairs in each room.

Locations & Contact Information
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    Northwestern Memorial opens comprehensive headache center

    The goal of the center, the third of its kind in Illinois, is to keep migraine sufferers out of emergency rooms.