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October 13-15, 2023

Annual Meeting

Charlotte, NC.
Charlotte Marriott City Center

Our Mission

The mission of the Southern Headache Society is to improve the quality of life of patients with headaches and facial pain by promoting education to professionals. As a regional organization, we seek to facilitate communication among professionals in the South interested in headache, as well as to promote awareness of regional expertise.

Diversity Statement

The Southern Headache Society is an organization whose membership and leadership are open to all people interested in promoting the mission of improving the lives of patients with headache disease. We welcome your feedback on this topic.

The Southern Headache Society (SHS) is a non-profit organization of health care professionals dedicated to the treatment of headache, facial pain, and related disorders.

The Southern Headache Society was formed in 2011 by a group of physicians in the South interested in promoting the practice of Headache Medicine. The SHS welcomes all professionals interested in the field of Headache Medicine, including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, dentists, psychologists, and allied health practitioners with an advanced degree.

Our active members must live in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Arkansas or the District of Washington, DC.

Board of Directors

Allison Alford, MD

Member at Large, Communications Co-Director

Pediatric Headache Center of Richmond

Richmond, VA

Brian Loftus, MD

Co-Founding President, Ex-Officio Member

Bellaire Neurology

Bellaire (Houston), TX

Brian Plato, DO

Immediate Past President

Norton Neuroscience Institute

Louisville, KY

Carrie Dougherty, MD

President-Elect, Education Director

MedStar Georgetown University

Chevy Chase, MD

Chaouki Khoury, MD

Member at Large, 2024 Meeting Co-Chair

Panda Neurology

Atlanta, GA

Christopher Oakley, MD

Ex-Officio Board Member, 2023 Meeting Co-Chair

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Baltimore, MD

D. Michael Ready, MD

Member at Large, New Initiatives Chair, Education Subcomittee

Scott & White

Temple, TX

Deborah Friedman, MD

Treasurer, 2024 Meeting Co-Chair

UT Southwestern

Dallas, TX

Lauren Strauss, DO


Wake Forest

Winston-Salem, NC

Megan Donnelly, MD

Communications Co-Director

Novant Health

Charlotte, NC

Morris Maizels, MD

Founding President, Ex-Officio Member

Providence Medical Group

Everett, WA

Rebecca Erwin Wells, MD, MPH


Wake Forest

Winston-Salem, NC

Sara Sacco, MD

Member at Large, 2023 Meeting Co-Chair

Carolinas Headache Clinic

Matthews, NC

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