Making a Difference in Neurology and Headache Medicine with an Integrated Approach: An Interview with Deena Kuruvilla

Migraine Science Collaborative, 5 August 2022

Deena Kuruvilla, MD, is a board-certified neurologist, headache specialist, and director of the Westport Headache Institute. She has served as an assistant professor and associate program director for the headache fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine and is a medical advisor for Healthline.

Kuruvilla completed her medical internship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Subsequently, she completed her neurology residency at Brown University in Rhode Island, where she was chief resident. She went on to complete a fellowship in headache and facial pain at the Montefiore Headache Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is also the former chair of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Special Interest Section and current chair of the Women’s Health Special Interest Section of the American Headache Society.

Kuruvilla has conducted research studies on medical devices, complementary and integrative medicine, and procedural approaches for the treatment of headache disorders. Here, she speaks with Lincoln Tracy, a Melbourne-based freelance writer and research fellow, to discuss her journey to headache medicine, how her research interests have evolved over time, the benefits of non-pharmacological approaches for migraine management, and more. Read more