Peter Goadsby, MBBS

Neurologist and headache specialist

Dr. Peter Goadsby, a neurologist, specializes in diagnosing and treating headache disorders, including migraines, cluster headaches and other forms of chronic or daily headache. He is one of the world's leading headache experts and researchers.

Goadsby's research focuses on the mechanisms and management of head pain, with special interests in migraine and trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia, a type of headache disorder in which pain and associated symptoms appear on one side of the head. His studies aim to investigate parts of the brain involved in headache and to derive new treatment approaches from this better understanding.

Goadsby earned his medical degree at the University of New South Wales, completed a residency in neurology at the Prince of Wales Hospital and completed a fellowship in neurology at the National Hospital for Nervous and Mental Diseases in London. He completed postdoctoral work at laboratories in New York and Paris.

Before coming to UCSF, Goadsby worked at the Institute of Neurology at University College London, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children.

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University of New South Wales Doctorate Program, Neurosciences 1983
University of New South Wales School of Medicine 1985


Prince Henry, Prince of Wales Hospital, Medicine 1987
Prince Henry, Prince of Wales Hospital, Neurology 1988
Prince Henry, Prince of Wales Hospital, Clinical Neurophysiology 1989


National Hospital for Nervous and Mental Diseases, Neurology 1990

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Messina R, Filippi M, Goadsby PJ. Recent advances in headache neuroimaging. Curr Opin Neurol. 2018 Aug; 31(4):379-385.
  2. Bose P, Karsan N, Goadsby PJ. The Migraine Postdrome. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2018 Aug; 24(4, Headache):1023-1031.
  3. Karsan N, Bose P, Goadsby PJ. The Migraine Premonitory Phase. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2018 Aug; 24(4, Headache):996-1008.
  4. Lipton RB, Fanning KM, Buse DC, Martin VT, Reed ML, Manack Adams A, Goadsby PJ. Identifying Natural Subgroups of Migraine Based on Comorbidity and Concomitant Condition Profiles: Results of the Chronic Migraine Epidemiology and Outcomes (CaMEO) Study. Headache. 2018 Jul 19.
  5. Gelfand AA, Goadsby PJ. Cluster Headache and Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide-More on Quantum Therapeutics in Headache Medicine. JAMA Neurol. 2018 Jul 09.
  6. Messina R, Rocca MA, Colombo B, Pagani E, Falini A, Goadsby PJ, Filippi M. Gray matter volume modifications in migraine: A cross-sectional and longitudinal study. Neurology. 2018 Jun 20.
  7. Lipton RB, Goadsby PJ. Comment: Noninvasive neurostimulation for migraine should be part of the general neurologist's therapeutic armamentarium. Neurology. 2018 Jun 15.
  8. Dodick DW, Silberstein SD, Bigal ME, Yeung PP, Goadsby PJ, Blankenbiller T, Grozinski-Wolff M, Yang R, Ma Y, Aycardi E. Effect of Fremanezumab Compared With Placebo for Prevention of Episodic Migraine: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2018 May 15; 319(19):1999-2008.
  9. Marques P, Barry S, Ronaldson A, Ogilvie A, Storr HL, Goadsby PJ, Powell M, Dang MN, Chahal HS, Evanson J, Kumar AV, Grieve J, Korbonits M. Emergence of Pituitary Adenoma in a Child during Surveillance: Clinical Challenges and the Family Members' View in an AIP Mutation-Positive Family. Int J Endocrinol. 2018; 2018:8581626.
  10. Wei DY, Yuan Ong JJ, Goadsby PJ. Cluster Headache: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, Clinical Features, and Diagnosis. Ann Indian Acad Neurol. 2018 Apr; 21(Suppl 1):S3-S8.
  11. Goadsby PJ, Holland PR. Migraine Therapy: Current Approaches and New Horizons. Neurotherapeutics. 2018 Apr; 15(2):271-273.
  12. Wei DY, Yuan Ong JJ, Goadsby PJ. Overview of Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias: Nosologic Evolution, Diagnosis, and Management. Ann Indian Acad Neurol. 2018 Apr; 21(Suppl 1):S39-S44.
  13. Holland PR, Goadsby PJ. Targeted CGRP Small Molecule Antagonists for Acute Migraine Therapy. Neurotherapeutics. 2018 Mar 19.
  14. Irwin SL, Qubty W, Allen IE, Patniyot I, Goadsby PJ, Gelfand AA. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Migraine Prevention in Adolescents: A Pilot Open-Label Study. Headache. 2018 Mar 12.
  15. Tassorelli C, Diener HC, Dodick DW, Silberstein SD, Lipton RB, Ashina M, Becker WJ, Ferrari MD, Goadsby PJ, Pozo-Rosich P, Wang SJ. Guidelines of the International Headache Society for controlled trials of preventive treatment of chronic migraine in adults. Cephalalgia. 2018 Apr; 38(5):815-832.
  16. Ong JJY, Wei DY, Goadsby PJ. Recent Advances in Pharmacotherapy for Migraine Prevention: From Pathophysiology to New Drugs. Drugs. 2018 Mar; 78(4):411-437.
  17. Goadsby PJ, Picard H, Mikol DD. Preventive Therapies for Chronic Migraine. N Engl J Med. 2018 02 22; 378(8):774-5.
  18. Wei DY, Greenwood FS, Murgatroyd FD, Goadsby PJ. Case Report of the Safety Assessment of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Use in a Patient With Cardiac Pacemaker: To Pulse or Not to Pulse? Headache. 2018 Feb; 58(2):295-297.
  19. Skljarevski V, Oakes TM, Zhang Q, Ferguson MB, Martinez J, Camporeale A, Johnson KW, Shan Q, Carter J, Schacht A, Goadsby PJ, Dodick DW. Effect of Different Doses of Galcanezumab vs Placebo for Episodic Migraine Prevention: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Neurol. 2018 Feb 01; 75(2):187-193.
  20. Puledda F, Schankin C, Digre K, Goadsby PJ. Visual snow syndrome: what we know so far. Curr Opin Neurol. 2018 Feb; 31(1):52-58.

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