Robert P. Cowan, MD, FAAN
Professor of Neurology and Director of the Headache Program at Stanford University
Robert Cowan, MD, FAAN is a Professor of Neurology and Director of the Headache Program at Stanford University. Prior to coming to Stanford he was the founding medical director of the Keeler Center for the Study of Headache (Ojai, CA) and Senior Clinical Research Scientist in molecular neurobiology at Huntington Medical Research Institutes (Pasadena, CA). Dr. Cowan obtained his medical degree from the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, completed a residency program at USC Department of Neurology and served on faculty there until 2000. He is Board Certified in Neurology, Headache Medicine, and Pain Medicine. Dr. Cowan is widely published in various scientific journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Cephalalgia and Headache. He has authored many scientific posters and book chapters. Dr. Cowan lectures both nationally and internationally on a variety of headache topics, and has appeared on NBC, CBS and has been featured in articles ranging from the San Francisco Chronicle to Vogue Magazine.
Dr. Cowan holds several nationally elected positions, including chair of the section on complementary and alternative medicine for the American Headache Society. He is Vice President and board member of the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific and a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He is on the boards of several organizations including the Alliance for Headache Diseases Advocacy. He is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals, including Headache and the Western Journal of Medicine. Dr. Cowan is the author of The Keeler Migraine Method (Penguin/Avery, 2008).
Along with Dr. Alan Rapoport, Professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Dr. Cowan has spent more than four years developing computer-based tools to aid in the diagnosis, education and care of people with medical problems. Their non-profit organization, ProMyHealth, provides free help for patients with a variety of health issues over the internet at www.promyhealth.org.
Dr. Cowan’s primary interest is improvement of headache care, utilizing novel resources to provide more accurate diagnosis, more effective treatment options while reducing delays in service and decreasing costs. His research interests focus on spinal fluid changes in patients with various headache disorders and migraine in particular. He has been the recipient of NIH, foundation, industry and individual grants and gifts for his research.