Assistant Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology (Pain & Palliative Care)
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Dr. Ashina specializes in the treatment of headache conditions, including chronic and intractable migraine and cluster headache. His headache treatment approach combines drug therapy, interventional treatments such as nerve blocks, Botulinum toxin injections, trigger point injections, and inpatient and outpatient infusion therapy. Dr. Sait Ashina is an Attending physician and Neurologist in the Pain Division of the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center. He is a Headache Specialist and a Director of the Headache Program, which is a joint activity of Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, and the Department of Neurology. Dr. Ashina earned his medical degree at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He completed medical internship at the Hospital of Saint Raphael affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. He did his residency in neurology at the Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. He received training in Headache Medicine at the Montefiore Headache Center in Bronx, NY and the Danish Headache Center, Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Ashina is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Diplomat in Headache Medicine through the United Council for Neurological Subspecialties. He is a member of education committee of International Headache Society. Dr. Ashina also serves as a member of the International Headache Society headache classification subcommittee on Tension-Type Headache for the 3rd edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD-3). He is also an Associate Editor of Neurology Reviews, and a Visiting Editor of the Journal of Headache and Pain. He has won several awards for his work, including the Clinical Headache Fellowship Award from the American Headache Society. He is a recipient of prestigious 2012 Enrico Greppi Award endorsed by the European Headache Federation and the Italian Society for the Study of Headaches. Dr. Ashina has also been named to the Super Doctors 2013 New York Rising Stars list. His research interest includes epidemiology of headache and chronic pain, quantitative sensory testing and human pain models.
Bashir A, Lipton RB, Ashina S, Ashina M. Migraine and structural changes in the brain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Neurology. 2013 Oct 1;81(14):1260-1268.
Ashina S, Serrano D, Lipton RB, Maizels M, Manack AN, Turkel CC, Reed ML, Buse DC. Depression and risk of transformation of episodic to chronic migraine. J Headache Pain. 2012 Nov;13(8):615-24.
Sayanlar J, Guleyupoglu N, Portenoy R, Ashina S. Trigeminal postherpetic neuralgia responsive to treatment with capsaicin 8 % topical patch: a case report. J Headache Pain. 2012 Oct;13(7):587-9.
Ashina S, Bendtsen L, Ashina M. Pathophysiology of migraine and tension-type headache. Tech Reg Anesth Pain Manag. 2012 Jan; 16 (1): 14-18.
Ashina S, Portenoy RK. Intravenous treatment of migraine. Tech Reg Anesth Pain Manag. 2012 Jan; 16 (1): 25-29.
Bezov D, Ashina S, Jensen R, Bendtesen L. Pain perception studies in tension-type headache. Headache. 2011 Feb;51(2):262-71.
Bezov D, Ashina S, Lipton R. Post-Dural Puncture Headache: Part II - Prevention, Management, and Prognosis. Headache. 2010 Oct;50(9):1482-98.
Bezov D, Lipton RB, Ashina S. Post Dural Puncture Headache: Part I - Diagnosis, Epidemiology, Etiology and Pathophysiology. Headache. 2010 Jul;50(7):1144-52.
Bezov D, Lipton RB, Podoltsev N, Zhao GC, Ashina S. Headache in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura: case report with pathophysiological considerations. Headache. 2010 Jun;50(6):1060-4.
Ashina S, Lynberg A, Jensen R. Headache characteristics and chronification of migraine and tension-type headache: A population-based study. Cephalalgia. 2010 Aug;30(8):943-52.
Bevilaqua-Grossi D, Lipton RB, Napchan U, Grosberg B, Ashina S, Bigal ME. Temporomandibular disorders and cutaneous allodynia are associated in individuals with migraine. Cephalalgia. 2010 Apr; 30 (4): 425-432.
Zach V, Bezov D, Lipton RB, Ashina S. Headache associated with moyamoya disease (HAMD): a case story and literature review. J Headache Pain. 2010 Feb;11(1):79-82.
Bigal ME, Ashina S, Burstein R, Reed ML, Buse D, Serrano D, Lipton RB. Prevalence and characteristics of allodynia in headache sufferers: a population study. Neurology. 2008 Apr; 70:1525-33.
Ashina S, Lipton RB, Bigal ME. Treatment of comorbidities of chronic daily headache. Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2008 Jan;10:36-43.
Lipton RB, Bigal ME, Ashina S, Burstein R, Silberstein S, Reed ML, Serrano D, Stewart WF. Cutaneous allodynia in the migraine population. Ann Neurol. 2008 Feb;63:148-58.
Bendtsen L, Buchgreitz L, Ashina S, Jensen R. Combination of low-dose mirtazapine and ibuprofen for prophylaxis of chronic tension-type headache. Eur J Neurol, 2007 Feb;14:187-93.
Ashina S, Bendtsen L, Ashina M, Magerl W, Jensen R. Generalized hyperalgesia in patients with chronic tension-type headache. Cephalalgia, 2006 Aug; 26:940-8.
Ashina S, Zeeberg P, Jensen R, Ashina M. Medication overuse headache. Ugeskr Laeger, 2006 Mar; 168:1015-9.
Ashina S, Bendtsen L, Ashina M. Pathophysiology of tension-type headache. Curr Pain Headache Rep, 2005 Dec; 9:415-22.
Ashina S, Hantho A, Olesen J, Ashina M. Headache. Ugeskr Laeger, 2005 Aug; 167:3192.
Ashina S, Babenko L, Jensen R, Ashina M, Magerl W, Bendtsen L. Increased muscular and cutaneous pain sensitivity in cephalic region in patients with chronic tension-type headache. Eur J Neurol, 2005 Jul;12:543-9.
Ashina S, Ashina M. Headache in systemic mastocytosis: a case report with pathophysiological considerations. Cephalalgia. 2005 Apr;25(4):314-6
Ashina S, Bendtsen L, Jensen R. Analgesic effect of amitriptyline in chronic tension-type headache is not directly related to serotonin reuptake inhibition. Pain. 2004 Mar; 108(1-2): 108-114.
Ashina S, Ashina M. Current and potential future drug therapies for tension-type headache. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2003 Dec; 7(6):466-74.
Ashina S, Jensen R, Bendtsen L. Pain sensitivity in pericranial and extracranial regions. Cephalalgia. 2003 Jul; 23(6):456-62
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