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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

Fawad A. Khan, MD
View Dr. Khan's bio

 

Conditions treated:

  • Migraine headaches
  • New onset headaches
  • Intractable/refractory migraine headaches
  • Menstrual migraines
  • Trigeminal autonomic cephalgia
  • Cluster headaches
  • Headaches in pregnancy
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Chronic daily headache
  • Cervicogenic headache
  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Hemicrania continua
  • Increased intracranial pressure

Locations:

Richard Zweifler, MD
View Dr. Zweifler's bio

Conditions treated:

  • New onset and chronic headaches of all types

Locations:

 

Michael Wilensky, MD
View Dr. Wilensky's bio

Conditions treated:

  • Tension headache
  • Migraine headache
  • New onset headache
  • Headaches in patients with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Post concussive headaches

Locations:

Mirjana Bukara, MD
View Dr. Bukara's bio

Conditions treated:

  • Long term management of chronic head and neck pain

Locations:

Jose Posas, MD
View Dr. Posas' bio

Conditions treated:

  • Mild traumatic brain injury
  • Memory loss, and peripheral nerve entrapment
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Complex migraine
  • Refractory occipital neuralgia 

Locations:

Victoria Brandt, NP
View Victoria's bio

Conditions treated:

  • New onset headache
  • Migraine headache
  • Chronic daily headache
  • Intractable migraine
  • Sleep disorders

Locations:

 

Brian M. Mizuki, PsyD
View Dr. Mizuki's bio

Conditions treated:

  • Biofeedback therapy
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Mood and Personality Assessment
  • Psychotherapy

Locations:

Susan Holden, RN

Susan is a nurse for the Fast Track program and BOTOX® therapies and works closely with Dr. Khan.

Locations:

Maria Wilson, MD
View Dr. Wilson's bio

Conditions treated:

  • Primary and secondary headaches and facial pain

Locations:

Are you apprehensive about going to the ER to get relief from a Severe Migraine Headache? This program may help you! At our infusion center we carry a wide range of fast acting medications and therapies. Our goal is to get you the right medications and therapies quickly in a stress-free environment.

How does this work?

Our infusion center hours are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you experience a migraine headache that does not respond to any rescue medications OR if you are unable to take medications due to dizziness, nausea or vomiting, call us at 504-842-8090. 

Our phone staff will discuss your symptoms and determine if you would benefit from this program. If you do, we will schedule your appointment between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and have a treatment program waiting for you.

Location:

Ochsner Medical Center
Infusion Center 
First floor
1514 Jefferson Hwy. New Orleans, LA 70121 
Hospital Contact: 1-866-OCHSNER

Patients not eligible for this treatment option:

  1. Patients not seen by Dr. Fawad Khan in the last six months
  2. Younger than 18 years or older than 80 years
  3. Patients with severe active heart disease, pulmonary disease, liver disease, renal failure, AIDS
  4. Patients with the following symptoms: fever, stroke symptoms, confusion, psychosis, chest pain, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal bleeding

Caution:

If you experience a sudden severe headache which is different from your usual headache(s) OR If you have sudden onset of headache which reaches maximum severity within 30 seconds please proceed to nearest Emergency Room immediately as this may be a life threatening headache.

Director: Fawad A. Khan, MD