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.
  4. Levin M. Approach to the Workup and Management of Headache in the Emergency Department and Inpatient Settings. Semin Neurol. 2015 Dec; 35(6):667-74.
  5. Robbins MS, Robertson CE, Ailani J, Levin M, Friedman DI, Dodick DW. Procedural Headache Medicine in Neurology Residency Training: A Survey of US Program Directors. Headache. 2016 Jan; 56(1):79-85.
  6. Levin M. Long-acting opioids and headache: a response. Headache. 2014 Apr; 54(4):752.
  7. Levin M. Opioids in headache. Headache. 2014 Jan; 54(1):12-21.
  8. Levin M. Teaching case: hypertensiveheadache. Headache. 2013 Apr; 53(4):684-6.
  9. Levin M. Resident and fellow section. Teaching case: dialysis headache. Headache. 2013 Jan; 53(1):181-185.
  10. Levin M. Herbal treatment of headache. Headache. 2012 Oct; 52 Suppl 2:76-80.
  11. Levin M. Expert commentary. Teaching case: Cowden syndrome and headache. Headache. 2012 Jul-Aug; 52(7):1202-3.
  12. Levin M. Expert commentary. Teaching case: severe headache in a leukemic. Headache. 2012 Jan; 52(1):155-7.
  13. Cascella C, Rosen JB, Robbins MS, Levin M. Resident and fellow section. Teaching case: symptomatic SUNCT. Headache. 2011 Jun; 51(6):1022-6.
  14. Fenstermacher N, Levin M, Ward T. Pharmacological prevention of migraine. BMJ. 2011 Feb 18; 342:d583.
  15. Schulman EA, Lipton R, Peterlin BL, Levin M, Grosberg BM. Commentary from the Refractory Headache Special Interest Section on defining the pharmacologically intractable headache for clinical trials and clinical practice. Headache. 2010 Nov; 50(10):1637-9.
  16. Levin M. Resident and fellow section. Publication ethics--handling two common conundrums facing authors and reviewers. Headache. 2010 Jun; 50(6):1080-6.
  17. Levin M. Nerve blocks in the treatment of headache. Neurotherapeutics. 2010 Apr; 7(2):197-203.
  18. Levin M. Resident and fellow section. Headache. 2010 Apr; 50(4):687-91.
  19. Aurora SK, Dodick DW, Turkel CC, DeGryse RE, Silberstein SD, Lipton RB, Diener HC, Brin MF. OnabotulinumtoxinA for treatment of chronic migraine: results from the double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled phase of the PREEMPT 1 trial. Cephalalgia. 2010 Jul; 30(7):793-803.
  20. Levin M. Resident and fellow section. Teaching case: arteriovenous malformation induced migraine with aura. Headache. 2009 Nov-Dec; 49(10):1551-4.

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