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Morris Levin


Headache and pain specialist
Director, UCSF Headache Center

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; Refractory Migraine; and Understanding Your Migraines: A Guide for Patients and Families. 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
    168 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 29, 2023
    Thank you for listening to my concerns and providing thought feedback and next steps.
    Nov 15, 2023
    I always recommend Dr. Levin. He's a solid 5 in all categories.
    Nov 08, 2023
    I very much appreciate Dr Levin. He is kind calm and very knowledgeable.
    Oct 28, 2023
    Dr. Levin is an exceptional physician who is extremely knowledgeable and compassionate.
    Sep 24, 2023
    Dr. Levin is the best. He listens to me explain how I have been feeling and what new steps to take. I value his knowledge ability to communicate and his kindness.
    Aug 29, 2023
    Dr. Noticed my eye was running. He gave me names of eye doctors.
    Aug 27, 2023
    Professional kind caring and trust with my life
    Aug 02, 2023
    Dr Levin is patient thoughtful engaged and caring. I'm very appreciative to be in his care.
    Jul 26, 2023
    I couldn't ask for better care from Dr Levin
    Jul 22, 2023
    Dr. Levin has helped me more than any doctor in 30 years of migraines. His treatment has transformed my life. And he is so kind respectful and related.
    Jul 19, 2023
    Dr. Levin is a wonderful headache specialist. I like him. Having said that I also admit that he isn't big on the warm and fuzzy stuff.
    Jul 14, 2023
    Always a pleasure and great experience with Dr. Levin.
    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.