Why Most Doctors Get the Diagnosis Wrong

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Key Questions
  • Why do so many people with migraine never go to a doctor or receive a correct diagnosis?
  • Is it always necessary to see a doctor for infrequent episodic migraine?
  • What are the migraine subtypes?
  • What are some of the common misdiagnoses for migraine?
  • What is subacute intracranial hypotension?
  • Is medication overuse headache a type of secondary headache?
  • What is the result when migraine is misdiagnosed?
  • How is underdiagnosis different from misdiagnosis?
  • What is the future role of artificial intelligence in diagnosing and treating migraine?
  • How can we be part of this groundbreaking AI research effort?
Interview Notes
Robert Cowan

Robert Cowan, MD

Chief of Headache Medicine and Headache Specialist
Stanford University

Dr. Robert Cowan is a professor of neurology and director of the Headache and Facial Pain Program at Stanford University. He is board-certified in neurology and pain medicine with a subspecialty certification in headache medicine. Dr. Cowan holds several nationally elected positions, including chair of the section on chronic daily headache for the American Headache Society.

He is President of the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific and a fellow of both the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society. He sits on the board of the Alliance for Headache Diseases Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association. He has published over 50 articles and is the author of The Keeler Migraine Method.

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