is-brain-greenThe Headache Cooperative of New England is a non-profit organization composed of medical, dental, and allied health professionals who are interested in the science and practice of headache medicine. HCNE was established in 1986 as the New England local affiliate of the American Association for the Study or Headache (AASH), now the American Headache Society (AHS). HCNE became independent of the AAHS several years later and became a non-profit organization in 2002. HCNE has a Board of Directors composed of leading headache specialists in the greater New England region.

bookcoverIn 2008, HCNE published the HCNE Comprehensive Review of Headache Medicine book, (shown at right) which can be ordered from the Publications page.

Our primary activities consist of producing seminars, courses and publications devoted to Headache Medicine, including a yearly Headache Medicine Board Certification Review. The Winter HCNE Stowe Headache Symposium and the Fall Boston HCNE Headache Conference have become mainstays of the field in our region, and attract a national attendance, in large part because of the national and international stature of faculty at these meetings (See Conferences).

Stowe Mountain Lodge

Mark Your Calendars:
Next meeting is March 31-April 1, 2017
at the Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, VT.
See Conferences for more info.


bottom-index-contentInformation for Patients and Professionals can be found in these pages as well as in our Links section.We have a strict policy governing our relationship with corporate sponsors (see Pharmaceutical Industry Policy).

Information about joining HCNE is available in the Membership section. Bylaws of the HCNE can be sent electronically to anyone expressing an interest. HCNE membership meetings are held yearly.

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  • To advance the science of headache through education and coordinated research

  • To provide a forum to link providers of headache care throughout the northeast

  • To support access to appropriate care for our patients

  • To increase awareness about national and international organizations and journals devoted to headache research and patient care


  • Randall E. Weeks, PhD
    HCNE President

    New England Institute for Neurology and Headache
    Stamford, CT

  • Alan M. Rapoport, MD
    HCNE Founding President and HCNE Corporate Liaison

    Department of Neurology
    The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    Los Angeles, CA

  • Elizabeth W. Loder, MD, MPH
    HCNE Vice President and Educational Director

    Chief, Division of Headache, Department of Neurology
    Brigham & Women's /Faulkner Hospitals
    Boston, MA

  • Thomas N. Ward, MD
    HCNE Treasurer and HCNE Educational Director

    Co-Director, Headache Clinic
    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
    Lebanon, NH

  • Brian E. McGeeney, MD, MPH
    HCNE Secretary

    Pain Management Group, Dept. of Neurology
    Boston University School of Medicine
    Boston, MA

  • Steven M. Baskin, PhD
    HCNE Boston Program director

    New England Institute for Neurology and Headache
    Stamford, CT

  • Steven J. Scrivani, DDS, DMedSc
    Stowe Program Director

    Oral and Maxillofacial Pain Center
    Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Boston, MA

  • Rebecca Burch, MD
    HCNE Educational Director

    Assistant Neurologist
    Brigham and Women's Department of Neurology
    Instructor, Harvard Medical School
    Staff Physician, John R. Graham Headache Center
    Boston, MA

  • Robert E. Shapiro, MD, PhD
    HCNE Past President

    Department of Neurological Sciences
    College of Medicine, University of Vermont
    Burlington, VT

  • Peter McAllister, MD
    HCNE Corporate Liaison

    New England Institute for Neurology and Headache
    Stamford, CT

HCNE Directors at Large:

  • Herbert G. Markley, MD
    Director, New England Regional Headache Center
    Worcester, MA

  • Paul B. Rizzoli, MD, FAAN, FAHS
    Brigham and Women's Hospital/ Faulkner Hospital Department of Neurology
    Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
    Clinical Director/ Fellowship Director, John R. Graham Headache Center/ Faulkner Hospital
    Boston, MA

  • Lawrence C. Newman, MD
    Director, The Headache Institute
    Neurology, Mount Sinai West
    New York, NY

HCNE Webmaster:

  • Barbara Nye, MD
    HCNE Website Editor

    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
    Department of Neurology
    Lebanon, NH

In Memoriam: Fred D. Sheftell, MD, 1941-2011

sheftellOur friend, highly esteemed colleague, founding HCNE member and recipient of the HCNE Lifetime Achievement award, Fred Sheftell, MD, FAHS, lost his valiant battle with cancer in 2011.

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