Dr. Merle Diamond and Judy Brown on Better Migraine Appointments
Following the release of data from a study showing a disconnect between how Migraine patients and doctors view appointments and that Migraineurs need to do more to get the most of our appointments, Dr. Merle Diamond and Ms. Judy Brown are determined to help us do just that.
They're making it a priority to help Migraineurs learn how to talk with their doctors, be more confident talking with their doctors, and get more out of each of our appointments with our doctors.
Dr. Merle L. Diamond is President and Managing Director of the Diamond Headache Clinic, where she has been on staff for more than 20 years.
Dr. Diamond has contributed numerous articles in medical journals, lecturing extensively on various headache subjects; in particular, she highlights the treatment of headache in the emergency department and the relationship of hormones and headache. She was co-editor with Dr. Glen Solomon of Diamond and Dalessio’s Practicing Physician’s Approach to Headache, 6th Edition (1999). She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School and a Lecturer in the Department of Medicine (Neurology), Loyola University Chicago/Stritch School of Medicine.
Dr. Diamond earned her medical degree at Northwestern University, where she completed residencies in emergency medicine and internal medicine at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago. She is board certified in internal medicine, currently serving as a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and former fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She received Subspecialty Certification for Headache Medicine from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.
Judy Brown has suffered from migraine headaches since she was in her teens, but wasn’t diagnosed with migraines until after she graduated from college. Mrs. Brown is a long-time member of the National Headache Foundation (NHF) and presently co-facilitates the NHF support group in Nashua, N.H. She joined the NHF Board in 2005, serving on the Development and Marketing Committees.
Now married with two children, she works as a teacher’s aide in elementary education. A psychology graduate of State University New York, she previously worked in customer support and training as a field specialist for several software firms. In her spare time, she is active in her church and enjoys golf, gardening and yoga.
Dr. Diamond and Ms. Brown were recently available for interviews on this topic that were recorded to video to be shared with you. To watch the video of my interview with them, see Better Migraine Appointments Video.
For more on the study, the differing perceptions about appointments, and getting more from our appointments, see Migraine Patients and Doctors View Appointments Differently.
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