American Headache Society

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The American Headache Society (AHS) is a professional society of health care providers dedicated to the study and treatment of headache and facial pain.[1]

In 1990, the AHS founded the American Council for Headache Education (ACHE). It is a partnership between patients and health care professionals devoted to enhancing public understanding of headaches.[2]

The AHS also publishes a peer-reviewed journal.[3] ]

Background[edit]

The American Headache Society (AHS) was initially founded on April 8, 1959, during the annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA). It was founded as a platform to bring together physicians from a diverse number of fields and specialties to share their experiences, concepts and developments about headache and related conditions. Since its formation, there have been a number of monumental developments.[4]

The society hosts a number of conferences to advance the field of headache medicine. Each year, it hosts a scientific meeting that brings together the top researchers in the Headache World. In addition, the AHS developed an annual headache symposium in 1970 that continues today and is held in every fall in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Scottsdale Headache Symposium addresses a variety of topics, with the goal of teaching health care professionals. They have also developed the "Comprehensive Migraine Education Program" which is a one day program held across the United States, intended to discuss the data on the scope and distribution of migraine with an emphasis on chronic migraine. It is a way for other medical professionals to learn the latest in Headache Medicine while earning CME credit. It focuses on acute migraine treatment optimization and ways to improve acute treatment satisfaction and success.[5]

The AHS is also focused on education, including helping to begin and maintain fellowships. It is also involved in helping with career development for recent fellowship graduates. The site contains links to new fellowship programs and also has a list of new jobs available across the country.

The AHS is also focused on provided resources for patients. In 1990, the Society formed the American Council for Headache Education (ACHE), a partnership between patients and health care professionals devoted to enhancing public understanding of this widespread and underestimated illness. ACHE is now known as the AHS Committee for Headache Education.[6]

Mission Statement[edit]

The educational objectives of the American Headache Society (AHS) are to continue to improve the knowledge, skills and professional performance of physicians, psychologists and other health professionals in the care of patients with head, neck and orofacial pain by:

  • Providing a forum for presentation of free scientific communication on research and clinical practice
  • Providing educational symposia
  • Improving education in medical schools and residency programs
  • Identifying and developing new educational initiatives
  • Supporting educational programs directed to people with head, neck and orofacial pain

CME Mission Statement[edit]

The provision of quality CME is a primary mission of the American Headache Society.[7] The Society's educational objectives are to continue to improve the knowledge, skills and professional performance of physicians, psychologists and other health professionals in the care of patients with head, neck and orofacial pain by:

  • Providing a forum for presentation of free scientific communication on research and clinical practice
  • Providing educational symposia
  • Improving education in medical schools and residency programs
  • identifying and developing new educational initiatives
  • Supporting education programs directed to people with head, neck and orofacial pain
  • Maintaining strict adherence to ACCME guidelines
  • Developing educational activities and tools that are designed, and then evaluated, for their role in improving the learners' competence, performance and the overall quality and safety of the care they give to individuals suffering from head, neck and orofacial pain.[8]

Past Presidents[edit]

President Term
HENRY D. OGDEN, MD 1959 - 1961
BAYARD T. HORTON, MD 1961 – 1963
JOHN P. McGOVERN, MD 1963 – 1964
LEONARD L. LOVSHIN, MD 1964 – 1966
ROBERT E. RYAN, SR., MD 1966 – 1968
LESTER S. BLUMENTHAL, MD 1968 – 1970
PERRY S. MAC NEIL, MD 1970 – 1972
SEYMOUR DIAMOND, MD 1972 – 1974
DONALD J. DALESSIO, MD 1974 – 1976
JOHN R. GRAHAM, MD 1976 – 1978
ARNOLD P. FRIEDMAN, MD 1978 – 1980
ROBERT S. KUNKEL, MD 1980 – 1982
JOHN G. EDMEADS, MD 1982 – 1984
WILLIAM G. SPEED III, MD 1984 – 1986
JAMES D. DEXTER, MD 1986 – 1988
NINAN T. MATHEW, MD 1988 – 1990
JOEL R. SAPER, MD 1990 – 1992
SEYMOUR SOLOMON, MD 1992 – 1994
NEIL H. RASKIN, MD 1994 – 1996
J. KEITH CAMPBELL, MD 1996 – 1998
JAMES R. COUCH, JR., MD, PhD 1998 – 2000
RICHARD B. LIPTON, MD 2000 – 2002
ROBERT B. DAROFF, MD 2002 – 2004
STEPHEN D. SILBERSTEIN, MD 2004 – 2006
PAUL WINNER, DO, FAAN 2006 – 2008
FRED D. SHEFTELL, MD 2008 - 2010
DAVID W. DODICK, MD, FRCP(C), FACP 2010-2012
ELIZABETH W. LODER, MD, MPH 2012-Current

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "American Headache Society: AHS Homepage". americanheadachesociety.org. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "American Council for Headache Education". achenet.org. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  3. ^ HEADACHE The Journal of Head and Face Pain
  4. ^ "American Headache Society members' assessment headache...". ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Background on the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy". allianceforheadacheadvocacy.org. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "American Headache Society". cesearchengine.com. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "AHSociety". memberclicks.org. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "About the Meeting - American Headache Society Events". audiencegeneration.com. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Past Presidents of the American Headache Society". onlinelibrary.wiley.com. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 

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