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 Expert  726429

Expert in Neurology: Headache, Migraine, Menstrual Migraine, Pain Management

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Tennessee (TN)
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Expert, MD, MS, holds an appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee; she is also the Director of the Expert's Firm, a private practice headache clinic based in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to attending Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where she subsequently earned her medical degree, Expert attended the Robert Koch Institute of Virology, Free University, in West Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany, as a Fulbright Scholar. Her postgraduate medical training was completed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she served as chief resident in neurology. She also holds a Master of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the National Board for Certification in Headache Management.

Expert has been active in clinical trials for more than a decade. She has served as the principal or co-principal investigator in more than 80 studies, primarily examining issues in migraine including acute treatment, prophylaxis and menstrual migraine. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals including JAMA, Cephalalgia, Headache, and Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Expert also lectures nationally and internationally on her research and clinical expertise.

Expert is a Fellow of the American Headache Society and the American Academy of Neurology. She is a former member of the board of Directors of the American Headache Society and is the past-president of the American Council for Headache Education. In recognition of her professional endeavors, she has been named to Best Doctors in the America from 1996 to present.




chronic pain management




posttraumatic headache


vascular headache

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Nashville, Tennessee;  Clarksville, Tennessee;  Murfreesboro, Tennessee;  and Huntsville, Alabama.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1989   MD   Medicine   Vanderbilt University School of Medicine  
1980   MS   Microbiology   University of Tennessee   George Cameron Award
1975   BS   Biology   Mississippi University of Women   Cum Laude

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1996 to







Expert founded the Expert's Firm in 1996 as a private practice headache and general neurology clinic based in Nashville, Tennessee. In her role as director, Expert is responsible for the management of the full-time clinic as well as the clinical research department and for all publications in journals and books.

1995 to 1996


The Otology Group


Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


Consulting Neurologist


Expert was the consulting neurologist for the Otology Group, a division of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee.

1993 to 1995


Neurologic Consultants





Expert was a neurologist in the Neurologic Consultants, a private practice neurology clinic in Nashville, Tennessee. The group disbanded upon the retirement of several key members.

Consulting Services:
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert is regularly asked to give depositions for both her own patients and others' whose legal cases require expert opinion.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on soft tissue allografts - patent litigation.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Market Research:
Expert is frequently called upon by the financial industry to comment on industry trends, trajectories and technologies, such as the possible FDA approval of a new medication, for example. As a National Key Opinion Leader, Expert serves on either the advisory boards or scientific advisory committees for most of the major pharmaceutical companies. She has built an international reputation through her work in clinical trials – as the principal investigator, first author in JAMA and national spokesperson for the two most recent and most significant migraine drugs brought to market in the last 6 years – OMN's Topamax in 2004 and GSK's Treximet in 2007). Her research, public lecturing and clinical expertise has landed Expert into the very top tier of neurologists in her disease state. As an experienced clinician, widely published academician and industry leader, Expert is ideally qualified to comment on a wide range of topics relating to headache, neurology and medicine in general.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert has both developed and delivered training courses on a wide variety of topics. As a National Key Opinion Leader, Expert often trains other physicians to serve as local and national speakers for many pharmaceutical companies. She serves on the national speakers bureaus for companies such as GSK, Ortho-McNeil, Johnson&Johnson, Merck, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Allergan among others. Expert also delivers lectures to the employees of major non-medical companies on ways to identify, prevent and manage migraines in the workplace. Her diverse set of clients have included New York Life Insurance, Staples and Scana Energy. Expert delivers over 100 lectures per year nationally and internationally to expert and non-expert audiences alike. She is also featured frequently on local and national television and radio news networks as a guest expert.


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