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Headache & Pain Medicine

The Headache Center

The Headache Center is one of a very few academic headache centers in the country. Founded in 1993, the Headache Center was created as a division from the well established Pain Medicine Program. With advanced approach to headache and facial pain therapy our mission is to promote headache and pain relief by decreasing and if possible eliminating suffering restoring well-being and providing high levels of function. The center uses the latest technology including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for complete care. The clinical team at the USF Headache Center consists of the Director, four additional neurologists specializing in Headache and Pain Medicine, and a comprehensive interdisciplinary team including Psychological Intervention, Neuromuscular re-education/Biofeedback, Physical therapy, Occupational Therapy and Recreational Therapy. In addition, we have dedicated register nurses, an ARNP/DNP, and research coordinator. Services available to our patient also include inpatient admissions to the CARF (Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) rehabilitation program at Tampa General Hospital, outpatient program, and infusion room dedicated to our established patients. Interventional procedures are also offered including nerve blocks, botulinum toxin injections and other procedural interventions.

In addition to treating patients, the USF Headache Center is a teaching facility that gives trainees the highest quality of preparation so that they can make contributions to patient care and advance the level of knowledge of headache medicine. The Fellowship program, one of few accredited in the nation by the UCNS, prepares Fellows for a career in clinical headache practice or academic headache medicine and/or research.

The Headache Center is also involved in research in order to provide our patients with the opportunity to help in advancing science in the areas of Headache and Facial Pain.

The Pain Medicine Center

The Pain Medicine Center at USF was founded in 1986 in conjunction with Tampa General Hospital. Since its conception it has experienced a tremendous amount of growth expanding and including multiple sites where patients receive highly specialized, individualized patient care. Our affiliate hospitals include Tampa General Hospital, The James Hailey Veterans Hospital, and the H.L. Moffitt Cancer Center. We are equipped to manage all types of complex pain problems. Our team of physicians, nurses and health care professionals is trained in many aspects of pain medicine and has unique resources available to provide integrated healthcare to patients. We focus on comprehensive care including medication management, individual and group behavioral and cognitive therapy, physical therapy, neuromuscular reeducation and Biofeedback, and occupational therapy. Interventional procedures are also offered as one of the components of the treatment of pain. This interdisciplinary team approach is critical to successful treatment. Our mission is to promote pain relief by decreasing and if possible eliminating suffering restoring well-being and providing high levels of function. The team is composed by six board certified academic pain specialists with diverse background including anesthesiologists and neurologists as well as physiatrists and PhD Psychologists to ensure expertise in all areas of pain medicine. In addition, we have dedicated register nurses, an ARNP/DNP, two other ARNPs and research coordinators. Services available to our patient also include inpatient admissions to the CARF (Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) rehabilitation program at Tampa General Hospital and the James Haley VA hospital. An outpatient program is also available.

In addition to treating patients, the USF Pain Medicine Center is a teaching facility that gives trainees the highest quality of preparation so that they can make contributions to patient care and advance the level of knowledge of pain medicine. The ACGME has accredited three Pain Medicine Fellowship positions. The duration of the fellowship is of two years reflecting the necessity to master knowledge and skill in this complex area.

The Pain Center is also involved in research in order to provide our patients with the opportunity to help in advancing science.

Program Providers

Donation Information

For information on making a donation to USF Health's Headache Center, please contact:

Jennifer Kuenning
813-396-2523

Email: jkuennin@health.usf.edu