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UNC Neurology is pleased to announce the Division of Headache as an expansion of our services. The Division will be led by Gary W. Jay, MD, FAAPM, FACFEI, who is a neurologist specializing in headache and pain.


Dr. Gary W. Jay received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed his residency in neurology. For the first 25 years of his career, Dr. Jay served as a private practitioner, running a tertiary-care, interdisciplinary pain center. He also worked as a part-time consultant to pharmaceutical companies before going full-time in 2005.

Dr. Jay has published five textbooks on headache, pain and minor traumatic brain injury (mTBI). He has also published over 150 articles, mostly in peer-review journals, as well as monographs and textbook chapters. He participated with the IMMPACT group for eight years where he helped to develop a number of publications on pain, and he is an active speaker on pain medicine, headache, and mTBI.

Diagnosis and treatment of headache and pain of all types including migraine with and without aura, chronic daily headaches, tension-type headaches (episodic and chronic), medication overuse headaches, cluster headache and other trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias.