Faculty Profile

Dr. Richard B. Lipton, M.D.

Richard B. Lipton, M.D.

Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health

Edwin S. Lowe Chair in Neurology

Vice Chair, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Director, Montefiore Headache Center

Areas of Research: I study migraine headaches, cognitive aging and dementia. My work includes longitudinal population studies that link stress, pain and cognitive performance to genetics, biomarkers and neuroimaging.

Professional Interests

Richard B. Lipton, M.D., is the Edwin S. Lowe Professor and Vice Chair of Neurology, Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Lipton earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. After a medical internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, he completed his neurology residency and clinical neurophysiology fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also completed a fellowship in neuroepidemiology at Columbia University. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

His research focuses on cognitive aging, Alzheimer’s disease and migraine headaches. He is the Principal Investigator of the Einstein Aging Study, an NIH funded Program Project, and collaborates on several R01s.  His research focuses on risk factors and biomarkers of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. His recent studies examine cognitive aging across the lifespan with an emphasis on the effects of pain and stress on brain function.

His headache research focuses on the epidemiology of migraine and on clinical trials.  His epidemiologic studies have evaluated trigger factors for headache attacks and risk factors for headache progression. Dr. Lipton has published more than 800 original articles, many with trainees.  He is a 5 time winner of the H.G. Wolff Award for excellence in headache research from the American Headache Society and a two time winner of the Enrico Greppi award from the European Headache Federation.  Dr. Lipton is Director of the Montefiore Headache Center, an interdisciplinary subspecialty center focused on headache, patient care, research and education.

Dr. Lipton holds leadership positions in several professional societies. He is a Past-President of the American Headache Society (AHS).  He serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Neurology. He has written 11 books. Dr. Lipton enjoys mentoring medical students, residents, PhD students and fellows.  Over the last decade he has mentored 7 CRTP students and 10 K-award recipients. He has received both the CRTP Mentor of the Year Award and the Einstein Faculty Mentoring Award. 

Dr. Richard Lipton was a speaker at the inaugural Migraine World Summit in 2016. Click here for the video.

Selected Publications


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Einstein Aging Study

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In the News

Better Options to Fight Debilitating Migraines On the Way

Richard Lipton, M.D., discusses his New England Journal of Medicine study on rimegepant, a drug belonging to a new generation of acute migraine headache treatments that was found to eliminate pain and reduce bothersome symptoms. Dr. Lipton is Edwin S. Lowe Professor and vice chair of the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology at Einstein and director of the Montefiore Headache Center.

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CNN interviews Dr. Richard Lipton about a new study that finds moderate to intense exercise may slow the rate of mental decline.

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