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Morris Levin


Director of the UCSF Headache Center
Author of "Understanding Your Migraines"

Dr. Morris Levin serves as chief of the headache medicine division and director of the Headache Center at UCSF Medical Center. He specializes in managing all forms of facial pain and headache, including migraines, cluster headaches, cervicogenic – or neck-related – headaches and post-traumatic headaches. His research interests include cervicogenic headache, post-concussion headache and neurology education on headache diagnosis, which he believes is key to successful treatment.

Levin earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and his medical degree at the Chicago Medical School. He completed a residency in neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, followed by subspecialty training at the Montefiore Headache Center and Michigan Headache and Neurological Institute.

Levin has authored or edited books including Neurology Clinical Case Studies; Comprehensive Review of Headache Medicine; Emergency Neurology; Head, Neck and Facial Pain; Educational Review Manual in Neurology; Headache and Facial Pain; and Refractory Migraine. He also serves as associate editor for numerous medical journals. He has been a member of the board of directors of the American Headache Society and currently serves on the board of trustees of the International Headache Society, where he also chairs the ethics committee. He received the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Headache Cooperative of New England.

  • Education

    Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, 1980

  • Residencies

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1985

  • Board Certifications

    Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

  • Academic Title


Migraines are disabling – and invisible, so people with migraines are often not taken seriously. Fortunately, there is help.

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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    164 Ratings
    About our process
    Jul 08, 2023
    Dr. Levin is a great doctor and he truly cares about his patients. I'm lucky to have him on my medical team. I have recommended him to many people. Has help me maintain a decent quality of life with his medical advice.I Thank him and UCSF from the bottom of my heart..
    Apr 19, 2023
    Superb meeting to strategize ways to handle a difficult ever evolving condition.
    Apr 12, 2023
    Dr. Levin was fantastic. He was kind compassionate and extremely knowledgeable.
    Mar 29, 2023
    I really trust Dr. Levin
    Mar 20, 2023
    Dr. Levin is the best at understanding how I best understand- using visuals & words. He really listens to me and has given our situation great thought before we speak. I wish every Dr. Could be like him!!
    Mar 14, 2023
    I would love to have Dr. Levin as my neurologist. He's a great doctor and anyone who gets him would be very fortunate indeed.
    Mar 11, 2023
    Dr. Levin was kind and professional.
    Feb 15, 2023
    My doctor always shows concern but the new staff lack empathy
    Feb 06, 2023
    Feb 04, 2023
    Dr. Levin is always good. Professional and friendly.
    Feb 03, 2023
    Thank you Dr. Levin
    Feb 01, 2023
    Dr. Levin and his staff at the Headache Clinc are fantastic! They are friendly and compassionate in their engagement.
    Jan 17, 2023
    This doctor is one of the best takes the time to listen and explain care. I can not say enough good things.
    Dec 05, 2022
    Dr. Levin is always the best!
    Nov 02, 2022
    I love Dr Levin but am disappointed in the tertiary care change and all the prescription work being put back on me.
    Aug 15, 2022
    Dr. Levin was extremely knowledgeable compassionate and had high expertise
    Jul 13, 2022
    Dr Levin is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced. He patiently listens to concerns discusses potential solutions and shows genuine care and concern. I am very grateful for him.
    Apr 21, 2022
    Dr. Levin is great. Easy to understand and amazingly respectful of my ideas about my treatment and dosage for medicines. If I propose a change he validates It and advises. We make a great team.
    Apr 20, 2022
    What I like if there is any problem the staff immediately try and find resolutions.
    Mar 07, 2022
    Dr. Levin is very attentive and works hard to address my migraines. I appreciate his efforts and insights on my chronic disease.
    Jan 27, 2022
    My ICU doctor was able to connect with Dr Levin regarding concerns and has been very responsive professional caring and helpful.
    Dec 11, 2021
    Dr. Levin epitomized the very highest of ideals regarding a patient consultation. He utilized his specialized medical knowledge applied to my medical history and condition and created an actionable plan for improved outcomes. Dr. Levin's intellectual rigor/logic directed to my condition coupled with concern for the patient as a whole person Is unbeatable.
    Dec 08, 2021
    My doctor Dr Levin is out of sight he always explain how I can help myself as a person that have headaches.
    Oct 07, 2021
    Dr. Levin is easy to talk to and cuts to the chase in a friendly manner. He always listens to what I do and validates my actions if they're good ones. Makes me feel kind of smart.