Morris Levin, MD

Director of the UCSF Headache Center

Dr. Morris Levin serves as chief of the Division of Headache Medicine and director of the Headache Center at UCSF Medical Center. He specializes in the management of all forms of facial pain and headache, including migraine, cluster headache, cervicogenic headache (neck-related headaches) and post-traumatic headaches. His research interests include cervicogenic headache, post-concussive headache, and medical education in neurology and diagnosis in headaches, which he believes is key to successful treatment.

Levin earned an undergraduate degree at Stanford University and a medical degree at Chicago Medical School. Subsequently, he completed a residency in neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, followed by subspecialty training at the Montefiore Hospital Headache Unit and Michigan Head-Pain and Neurological Institute. Levin is board certified in neurology and pain medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also certified in pain medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine and holds board certification in headache medicine from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.

Levin is the author of Neurology Clinical Case Studies (Anadem 2003), Comprehensive Review of Headache Medicine (Oxford University Press 2008) and Emergency Neurology (Oxford University Press 2013). He is the co-author of Head, Neck and Facial Pain (Anadem 2006), Educational Review Manual in Neurology (Castle Connolly 2006), Headache and Facial Pain (Oxford University Press 2009) and Refractory Migraine (Oxford University Press 2010). He also serves as associate editor for numerous medical journals. In addition, Levin is a member of various professional societies, including the International Headache Society's Classification Committee. He serves as chair of the American Academy of Neurology Section on Headache and Facial Pain.


Headache Center
2330 Post St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-8393
Fax: (415) 353-9539

Hours: Monday to Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University 1980


Jacobi Medical Center 1985

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Levin M. Vagus Nerve Stimulation for the Acute Treatment of Cluster Headache. Headache. 2016 09; 56(8):1251-2.
  2. Kleen JK, Levin M. Injection Therapy for Headache and Facial Pain. Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am. 2016 Aug; 28(3):423-34.
  3. Levin M. Milestones in Fellowship Training in Headache Medicine. Headache. 2016 Jan; 56(1):185-8.

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