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Headache Center

The McCasland Family Comprehensive Headache Center at Ochsner

The McCasland Family Comprehensive Headache Center at Ochsner features a team of physicians and advanced care practitioners committed to providing the highest quality of care to patients with acute, chronic and complex headaches and neck pain.

Founded by Dr. Fawad Ahmed Khan and located at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, the Headache Center provides care to numerous types of headache conditions.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment call: 504-842-3980

Ochsner On Call: Your 24/7 Care Line: 504-842-8090

Our Mission

Our mission is to foster a model that is founded on ‘personalized medicine’ as we believe this is the most effective approach to patients suffering from headache.  In our management, we strongly emphasize education and self care strategies.

Locations

For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient to the Headache Center:

Call the Clinic Concierge at 504-842-7436 or 1-855-312-4190

  • The Clinic Concierge assists with getting copies of patient records and scheduling clinic appointments
  • The Clinic Concierge team can also capture your preference for receiving post visit follow-up from the patient's appointment

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The specialists at the Headache Center offer diagnostic, pharmacological, procedural, psychological and advocacy services. New developments are rapidly incorporated into the center’s treatment model.

  • Dr. Khan offers therapies like BOTOX® therapy, nerve and ganglion blocks, trigger point injections and neuromodulation
  • Dr. Posas offers Cryoanelgesia, which involves freezing sensory nerve branches      
  • We offer counseling regarding lifestyle modifications to identify and avoid common triggers. We also offer food allergy testing which can identify unnoticed triggers. 
  • Biofeedback is offered to select patients and is proven to improve pain control especially in individuals who do not respond to medications

Specialty Services

  • We recently launched the innovative Fast Track Headache Program to provide a safe and an effective alternative to the Emergency Room for the management of an acute Migraine Headaches at our infusion center
  • Inpatient care for select patients: 
    • Therapeutic trial of intravenous dihydroergotamine mesylate (DHE 45)
    • Intracranial pressure monitoring and lumbar drain studies 
    • Ketamine infusion therapy – to be launched soon

​Clinical Research

  • The neurology department in collaboration with Ochsner’s office of research conduct several investigator initiated and national clinical trials. Our headache specialists are actively engaged in research and present their work at national and international scientific meetings.

Our center collaborates with OphthalmologySleep MedicineNeurosurgeryObstetrics and GynecologyPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatric Neurology to provide interdisciplinary diagnostic testing and comprehensive care.

The Headache Center uses advanced diagnostic tests and procedures to assess patients, including:

  • Brain and cervical spine imaging (MRI, MRA, MRV, CT, Xrays)
  • Cerebral angiograms 
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Fundus exam
  • Visual field testing
  • Sleep testing
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