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Denise E. Chou, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Columbia University Headache Center


  • BA: (Neurolinguistics) Harvard College
  • MD: Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  • Internship: (Internal Medicine) New York-Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell Medical Center
  • Residency: (Neurology) New York-Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell Medical Center
  • Fellowship: (Headache Medicine) UCSF Medical Center (University of California, San Francisco)
Board Certification:
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Certification in Neurology

Office Locations:
51 West 51st Street, Suite 380
New York, NY, 10019

Office Telephone: 646-426-3876 (646-42-NEURO)

Insurance: 1199, Aetna, Affinity, CIGNA, Empire BC/BS, Fidelis, HIP, Multi-Plan, Oxford, United Heathcare, Medicaid, Medicare
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Denise Chou, M.D., obtained her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and her medical degree from Cornell University. She subsequently completed her internship in internal medicine and neurology residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell campus, followed by a fellowship in headache medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. In addition to outpatient management of headache, she has expertise in procedural therapies, including occipital nerve blocks and Botox injections for chronic headache. She is also currently developing an inpatient headache program for refractory headaches using intravenous medication protocols, including an effective detoxification protocol for medication overuse headache. Dr. Chou is committed to delivering the highest level of specialized care to her patients by promoting patient education and creating a tiered headache treatment plan that targets abortive, preventive, and rescue strategies for each individual.

All headache disorders, including:
  • migraine
  • tension-type headache
  • chronic daily headache
  • medication overuse headache
  • post-traumatic or post-surgical headache
  • New Daily Persistent Headache
  • Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias including cluster headache, paroxysmal hemicrania, hemicrania continua, SUNCT (short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with conjunctival injection and tearing), and SUNA (short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with cranial autonomic symptoms) idiopathic intracranial hypertension ("pseudotumor cerebri") and intracranial hypotension
  • primary stabbing headache
  • primary exertional headache
  • hypnic headache
  • facial pain disorders (including trigeminal neuralgia, occipital neuralgia)

Special procedural treatments include:
  • Botox (botulinum) injections for chronic headache
  • greater occipital nerve blocks
  • inpatient intravenous protocols (including intravenous dihydroergotamine (DHE), intravenous lidocaine infusions, and supervised medication withdrawal for medication overuse headache).

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