Stephen Silberstein, MD: Challenges in the Migraine Space


Silberstein spoke about the high prevalence of individuals with migraine in the United States, adding that the major problem in the space today is the lack of resources.

Migrainers are like all of us, and 60% to 70% of neurologists have migraine, but either don’t care about it or don’t admit it."

Stephen Silberstein, MD, Professor of Neurology at Thomas Jefferson University, and Director of Jefferson Headache Center, sat down with NeurologyLive to speak to a number of topics in the migraine space; one topic in particular which he feels is the greatest problem is the lack of resources.

There are only 500 headache specialists to treat the 40 million Americans that suffer from migraine and, unfortunately, the shortage of specialists is not the only problem. The migraine world greatly lacks funding for new research and many of the headache centers are unfunded, a problem that Silberstein says needs to be changed.

In order to better care for patients, the migraine field is in great need of new physicians, research and resources.

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