Fellowship in Headache & Facial Pain

Program overview

The Hartford HealthCare Headache Center Fellowship in Headache and Facial Pain is a United Council for Neurological Subspecialties (UCNS) accredited program that is focused on training emerging leaders in the field of Headache Medicine.

Our one-year program offers both clinical and research experience for those interested in pursuing advanced training in headache science. Fellows will see patients with a wide-range of primary and secondary headache and craniofacial pain disorders from diverse demographic segments in an outpatient setting and become proficient in advanced procedures such as nerve blocks, trigger point injections, Botox administration and sphenopalatine ganglion blocks. These patients are referred from a regional and national base and present with a broad range of interesting, unusual and refractory disorders. In addition, Fellows will have the opportunity to manage complex headache and craniofacial pain disorders in our outpatient infusion center, where patients receive state-of-the-art medical care combined with comprehensive behavioral health services, integrative medicine, physical therapy, and pain management. Fellows will also have access to some of the top scientists and clinicians in the field of headache medicine and are expected to participate in research projects and academic writing.

Our close collaborations with experts of various specialties, including Pain Management, Physical Medicine, Neuroradiology, Psychiatry, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Sleep Medicine, Behavioral Medicine and Neuro-Ophthalmology, ensure that our trainees gain experience in a wide range of fields pertinent to the care of headache and facial pain patients. Weekly didactic lectures and academic research time are built in to the Fellow’s schedule and allow ample time for trainees to explore specific areas of interest. A combination of tutorials, independent study, mentoring, journal club, and formal lectures by headache center and outside faculty cover a wide range of topics required by the UCNS Headache Medicine Program Curriculum. Funding to attend national Headache Medicine conferences is also provided as part of our comprehensive training program.


There are two highly competitive positions available each year. Fellowship starts in July of each year and continues for 12 months.


All applicants must have completed an accredited residency training program in a relevant field (i.e. neurology, psychiatry, anesthesiology, family medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, internal medicine) and have board eligibility in that field.


  1. Residency Training
    Applicants must have successfully completed their residency at an accredited United States or Canadian training program.

  2. International Medical Graduates
    Our program welcomes International Medical Graduates that hold a valid ECFMG certificate. (This does not apply to Canadian graduates.

  3. Year of Graduation
    Residency graduation should be within 2 years of fellowship application.

  4. Visas: (if applicable)  Hartford Hospital only sponsors the J-1 visa for those candidates who are not permanent residents or US Citizens.

  5. USMLE Exams
    USMLE exams of Part I, II, and III (or equivalent) must be passed to begin fellowship positions.


Applications are to be submitted no later than October for the following academic year.

Download an Application Form

All applications should include:

  • A completed application form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement (Letter of Intent)
  • Three current letters of recommendation from residency training faculty
  • USMLE exams 1, 2, & 3
  • Valid ECFMG certificate (for foreign medical school graduates)
  • Recent Photograph

Interviews are by invitation only.

Our Faculty

  • Abigail Chua, DO
    Neurologist, Headache Specialist
    Program Director, Headache and Facial Pain Fellowship
  • Brian Grosberg, MD
    Neurologist, Headache Specialist
    Director, Hartford HealthCare Headache Center
  • Jignesh Modi, MD
  • Rami Burstein, PhD
    Headache Research
  • Dahlia Saad-Pendrgass, MD
    Psychiatry/Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Jonathan Kost, MD
    Pain Management
  • Robert Lesser, MD
    Neuro Ophthalmology
  • Carl Moeller, MD
  • Avital Porat, MD
    Emergency Medicine
  • Inam Kureshi, MD
  • Francoise Roux, MD
    Sleep Specialist
  • Adam Borgida, MD
    Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Amre Nouh, MD
  • Danielle Messier, PT
    Physical Therapy

Past Faculty & Fellows

  • Justin Beuthin, MS, DO
    Dr. Beuthin was a headache and facial pain fellow in 2019 and will be joining Spectrum Health in Western Michigan in 2020. Prior to fellowship, he completed his neurology residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

  • Sandhya Mehla, MBBS
    Dr. Mehla was a headache and facial pain fellow in 2019 and will be joining our headache program faculty in August 2020. Prior to her headache and facial pain fellowship with us, she completed a vascular neurology/stroke fellowship at the University of Massachusetts in 2018, and her neurology residency at the University of Buffalo.

Contact Information

Headache & Facial Pain Fellowship