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B. Lee Peterlin, D.O.

B Lee Peterlin, D.O.

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Director, Johns Hopkins Headache Research

Associate Professor of Neurology


Expertise: Headache, Migraine, Neurology, Tension-Type Headache, Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias (TACs)

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Dr. Peterlin is the director of headache medicine of the department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she has established the department’s funded headache research. She serves as a mentor to residents and fellows interested in an academic headache career, with a particular focus on headache-related publications and original research.

Dr. Peterlin received her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her neurology residency and neurophysiology fellowship at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and a headache fellowship at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Before joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Peterlin served as an Assistant Professor of Neurology as well as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was the director of their Medicine Headache Clinic.

Dr. Peterlin’s research has focused on the characterization and pathophysiological basis of the role of obesity and the role of stress-related disorders (including post-traumatic stress disorder and physical and sexual abuse) in episodic and chronic migraine. She has published several articles on headache, as well as co-edited a handbook for primary care physicians on menstrually related migraine with Dr. Susan Hutchinson. more


  • Director, Johns Hopkins Headache Research
  • Associate Professor of Neurology

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (1997)


  • Community General Osteopathic Hospital / Internal Medicine (1999)
  • Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center / Neurology (2002)


  • Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center / Neurophysiology (2003)
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center / Headache/Pain (2005)

Board Certifications

  • AOA Board of Neurology and Psychiatry / Neurology-General (2004, 2015)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Perceived body weight status of youngsters interferes with headache in obese and non-obese subjects: a response.

Cha NC, Scher AI, Moghekar A, Bond DS, Peterlin BL.

PMID: 24916594

Migraine and estrogen.

Chai NC, Peterlin BL, Calhoun AH.

Curr Opin Neurol. 2014 Jun;27(3):315-24. doi: 10.1097/WCO.0000000000000091.

PMID: 24792340

Migraine and obesity: moving beyond BMI.

Recober A, Peterlin BL.

Future Neurol. 2014 Jan 1;9(1):37-40. No abstract available.

PMID: 24778576

Headache and obesity in the pediatric population.

Oakley CB, Scher AI, Recober A, Peterlin BL.

Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2014 May;18(5):416. doi: 10.1007/s11916-014-0416-5.

PMID: 24695998

Obesity and headache: part I--a systematic review of the epidemiology of obesity and headache.

Chai NC, Scher AI, Moghekar A, Bond DS, Peterlin BL.

PMID: 24512574

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Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

10 Sneaky Things That Might Be Causing That Headache, Good Housekeeping (8/11/2015)

10 Expert-Approved Secrets To Hack Your Hangover, Marie Claire (11/20/2014)

Nine highly effective migraine treatments, FOX News (05/23/2014)

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