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Maggie Waung


Director, Neurology Complex Diagnosis Clinic
Headache scientist and dog lover

Dr. Maggie Waung is a neurologist who specializes in caring for patients with headache and other chronic pain disorders.

To understand how patients develop persistent, recurring and debilitating headaches, Waung studies pain processing in the brain. Her research uses optogenetics, a cutting-edge method of manipulating light-sensitive proteins to reveal nerve cell function. In addition to illuminating the causes of migraines, the goal is to develop better, targeted therapies.

Waung earned her medical degree and a doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She completed a residency in neurology at UCSF.

Waung is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, American Academy of Neurology, American Headache Society and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

  • Education

    University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, 2010

    University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, PhD, Neuroscience, 2010

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Neurology, 2014

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

Headache is a serious and undertreated illness. My passions are helping patients in the clinic and tackling this complex disorder in the lab.

Treatments I provide

As a general neurologist, I provide a broad spectrum of neurological care and work closely with my colleagues in neurology subspecialties. I evaluate and treat most neurologic conditions, including vertigo, headache, numbness, tingling, weakness and episodic disorders.

Where I see patients (5)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    110 Ratings
    About our process
    Mar 02, 2023
    Very concerned doztor
    Feb 24, 2023
    Dr Maggie Waung is an extraordinary physician in every way.
    Feb 07, 2023
    Dr Maggie Waung has been a wealth of information for me esp regarding newer treatment options
    Feb 02, 2023
    Dr. Waung was outstanding; excellent listener well prepared with my history thorough took a complete history and listened to my response by looking at me and then took notes she was caring and Informative. I had seen five other sub specialists and she was by far the best. My husband a physician was very Impressed with her knowledge and careful consideration of my symptoms.
    Jan 25, 2023
    Dr. Waung was excellent! She listened was compassionate gave information made recommendations. It was the first glimmer of hopefulness I've had about my condition for some time so worth the hassle and wait of becoming a new patient. I have a follow up visit scheduled although it will be a while so I am again on the waiting list. Fingers crossed that I can see her again sooner and that this may lead to improvement of my painful difficult condition. Thank you Dr. Waung for your excellent care! I'm grateful to have you as part of my healthcare team.
    Dec 23, 2022
    Dr Maggie Waung is the ultimate in doctors Fabulous in every fashion.
    Dec 18, 2022
    Dr. Waung was very thorough and explained what she was doing at every step.
    Aug 05, 2022
    Dr Waung is amazing
    Aug 04, 2022
    I feel heard and supported.
    Jul 15, 2022
    I would really appreciate a lot of support scheduling appointments in the different disciplines, we live, 400 miles away from San Francisco. They're several kids here that you service is there. And we try to group as many appointments as possible, so, that the traveling cost, or minimized as much as possible. Having somebody there to help us do, that is incredibly valuable the social worker. I believe would be in the best position to do that but I think she's got a huge case load. Anyway, she's definitely trying and I just want to say that I really think he doesn't excellent people there. Thank you.
    Jul 14, 2022
    Dr. Waung is an outstanding physician. She took her time with me and was so thorough and amazing. She actively listened and answered questions. One of the best if not the best experience I have had with a physician to date.
    Jul 12, 2022
    The best! She always has a plan and gives me hope
    Jul 08, 2022
    After a slew of negative experiences at another medical center it was a relief to see Dr. Waung. She really listened to my concerns. She was prepared for the appointment. I was honestly blown away and extremely impressed. Thank you UCSF for having such gifted doctors.
    Jun 05, 2022
    Dr. Waung is fantastic!
    May 03, 2022
    Dr. Waung is amazing and I feel lucky to have her as my neurologist!
    Jan 08, 2022
    Can't say enough good things! Didn't feel rushed was able to ask tons of questions she was super knowledgeable and patient. World-class visit.
    Dec 01, 2021
    Nothing more then exceptional experience always.
    Nov 22, 2021
    Dr. Waung is an excellent professional. She is very dedicated and also a hard worker. She is very friendly and explain things very well.
    Oct 26, 2021
    I am very happy to have Dr Waung as my new neurologist. She is really excellent!
    Sep 14, 2021
    In this difficult to diagnosis dept patient w/ Ehlers Danlos- connective tissue defect effecting 90% of the body/organs & Mast Cell why isnt there a group of specialists hemotoloist rheumatologist geneticist and immunologist? This process has taken yrs and will continue taking yrs at this pace before treatment or death.
    Sep 13, 2021
    Dr. Maggie spent a lot of time examining the patient. She is a wonderful doctor. You feel at ease when you communicate with her. She is very knowledgeable about her profession. I would highly recommend her to anybody.
    Aug 01, 2021