Headache Medicine Fellowship

The Johns Hopkins Headache Medicine Fellowship offered by the Department of Neurology aims to prepare the next generation of headache specialists for the independent practice of headache medicine.

Our training curriculum is based on supervised inpatient and outpatient clinical work with increasing responsibility for all types of patients with head and face pain. Fellows provide care to both pediatric and adult patients. To match their professional interests and goals, our fellows have the freedom to design their own rotation schedules.

Fellowship at a Glance

Fellowship duration: 12 months
Location: Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Application start: March 1
Interview period: March 1-July 31
Program start: July 1 of the following year
Eligibility criteria: have a current valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the U.S. and be a graduate of a residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate
Medical Education (ACGME)
How to apply: Send CV, one to three letters of recommendation and a personal statement to the fellowship director.

Fellowship Goals

By the end of the program, fellows should be able to:

  1. Care for headache patients with simple and complex conditions
  2. Design research studies capable of advancing basic knowledge and quality improvements in the area of patient care.
  3. Teach others the scope of necessary knowledge appropriate for their area of family practice, internal medicine, etc. upon the attainment of the above skills.

Clinical Experience

This fellowship provides comprehensive training in a variety of different settings and clinical presentations, including:

  • Inpatient admissions and consultations
  • Ambulatory care in neurology, otolaryngology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, general medicine and family practice
  • Participation in multidisciplinary patient care teams

Program Director

Christopher Oakley, MD

  • Co-director, Johns Hopkins Headache Center
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology

Current Fellow

Katrina Nayak, MD | Class of 2024

Undergraduate:  Haverford College (2014)
Medical School:  Georgetown University School of Medicine (2019)
Neurology Residency:  Case Western Reserve University (2019-23)

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Fellowship Alumni

Aishwarya Taneja, MD | Class of 2023

Position post-fellowship:  Private Practice, Sacramento, CA

Christina Graley, MD | Class of 2022

Position post-fellowship:  Faculty, The Johns Hopkins University

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Andrew Dawson, DO | Class of 2021

Position post-fellowship:  Private Practice

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Please contact the fellowship director for more information:

Dr. Christopher Oakley
[email protected]