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Elliott A Schulman , MD

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Medical Group:

Main Line HealthCare Neurology
Main Line HealthCare Physician
Specialty Accepting New Patients
  Board Certified in 1980

Age: 69      Gender: M

Areas of Clinical Interest: Migraines
Headache Management

Medical School:
State University of NY at Buffalo

Georgetown University Hospital

National Institutes of Health

Primary Affiliation:  Lankenau Medical Center

* Members of the Main Line Health medical staff are affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital, Lankenau Medical Center, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital.

Physician Notes:

I believe my role as a patient educator is important, and I am committed to keeping abreast of breakthroughs and developments in the management and treatment of headache.

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Office Information

Lankenau MOB East, Suite 256
100 East Lancaster Avenue
Wynnewood, PA  19096
TEL: 484.572.6300 FAX: 484.572.6305
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Hours: Weekdays

Elliott A Schulman

Main Line HealthCare Neurology
100 East Lancaster Avenue
Wynnewood, PA  19096
TEL: 484.572.6300 FAX: 484.572.6305
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Access Information:
Public Transportation, Handicap Access


Statement of Practice Philosophy

To provide the latest advancements in treating patients who suffer from headaches including a thorough and individualized evaluation, personalized treatment plan, and patient education which emphasizes the mind body connection.


Academic Titles:
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Neurology - Jefferson School of Medicine

Clinical/Dept Titles:

Professor - Lankenau Institute for Medical Research
Attending Physician

Recent Clinical Studies Published


Schulman EA, Position Statement:  Neurologists should ask patients about abuse.  Endorsed and published by the American Academy of Neurology, aan.com, January 25, 2012 

Schulman EA, Levin M, Lake A, Loder E.  Refractory Migraine:  Mechanism and Management.  Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2010.
               Schulman, EA:  CHAPTER - Historical Overview of Refractory Headache.  
Levin M, Schulman EA:  CHAPTER - Refractory Migraine:  Definition and Classification.

Schulman EA: Abuse Screening Should be a Part of the Neurological Exam, World Neurology, Vo 25, Number 3, 2010. 

Schulman EA: Editorial:  The Elephant in the Room. Headache 2010: 50 3-4.

Schulman EA, Peterlin BL, Lake AE III, Lipton RB, Hanlon A, Siegel S, Levin M, Goadsby PJ, Markley HG:  Defining Refractory Migraine:  Results of the RHSIS Survey of American Headache Society Members.  Headache 2009; 4:509-518.

Schulman EA, Brahin E: Refractory headache: historical perspective, need and purposes for an operation definition. Headache 2008;48:770-777

Schulman EA, Lake III AE, Goadsby PJ, Peterlin B.Lee, Siegel SE, Markley HG, and Lipton RB: Defining Refractory Migraine (RM) and Refractory Chronic Migraine (RCM): Proposed Criteria for the Refractory Headache Special Interests Section of the American Headache Society. Headache 2008;48:778-782

Schulman E: The Things We Think We Know, Buffalo Physicians, Spring 2004, pages 42-43.

Schulman E: Sumatriptan plus metoclopramide in migraineurs who were sumatriptan non-responsive. Headache 2003, Volume 43: pages 729-733.

Schulman, Elliot A: Breath-holding, head pressure, and hot water: An effective treatment for migraine headache. Headache 2002, Volume 42: #10, pages 1048-1050.

Schulman, Elliot A: Overview of Tension-Type Headache. Current Pain and Headache Reports 2001; Vol. 5, No. 5: 454-462.

Schulman, Elliot A.; Cady, R., et. Al: Effectiveness of sumatriptan in reducing productivity loss due to migraine: Results of a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. Mayo Clinic proceeding 2000; 75: 782-789.

Shulman EA, Kaplan HF: The Physician and the Difficult Headache Patient. Headache Quarterly 1999. 10:293-295.


Rapoport A, Weeks R, Schulman EA: Citalopram Therapy in the Prevention of Migraine Headache. Poster Presentation. 16th Annual Practicing Physicians Approach to the Difficult Headache Patient. 2003. Rancho Mirage, CA.

Schulman EA, Dermott K: The Efficacy of Sumatriptan Plus Metoclopramide in Migraine Patients Who Were Triptan Unresponsive. 10th International Headache Congress. New York City, NY, July 29, 2001.

Schulman EA, Cady R, et. al: Effectiveness of Sumatriptan in Reducing Productivity Loss During a Migraine Attack. Platform Presentation. American Association for the Study of Headache Annual Meeting 1998.

Schulman EA, Tramuta G, Russella P: The Intractable Headache Patient Poster Presentation American Association for the Study of Headache Annual Meeting 1993; 33; 282-283.

The Treatment of Cluster Headache with Repetitive Intravenous Dihydroergotamine (DHE). Poster Presentation. The 5th International Headache Congress, Washington, DC, June 30-July 3, 1991.


Schulman, Elliott MD.  Course Presentation:  Background and History of Refractory Migraine Definition, New Concepts in Refractory Migraine.  International Headache Society, Philadelphia, PA  September 2009.

Schulman, Elliott MD, Musewicz, Elizabeth H. MS, LPC. Doctor-patient relationship as a variable in comprehensive headache treatment in female survivors of sexual abuse. American Headache Society, Boston, MA 2008

Elliott A. Schulman, Alvin E. Lake III, B. Lee Peterlin, Sherry E. Siegel, Herbert G.Markley, Peter J. Goadsby, Richard B. Lipton, Kirsten L. Erwin. Assessment of the Refractory Headache Special Interest Section's (RHSIS) Proposed Definition for Refractory Migraine: Results of an AHS Survey. American Headache Society, Boston, MA 2008

Organized & Chaired - Refractory Headache Section Symposia, "Defining and Managing Refractory Headache with an Emphasis on Refractory Migraine," American Headache Society Scientific Meeting, Chicago, IL June 10, 2007

"Picking A Triptan", Chester County Hospital Grand Rounds, West Chester, PA, May 18, 2007

"Management and Prophylaxis of Migraine Symposium - Abortive Treatment of Headache, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, Philadelphia, PA, May 11, 2007

Pseudotumor Cerebri Patient Conference, Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, PA, February 14, 2007

"What's Hot in Headache",Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, PA Half Day Symposium, January 27, 2007.

"New Concepts in Headache", Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital Grand Rounds, Upper Darby, PA January 24, 2007.

"Headache in the Female", OB/GYN Resident Lecture, Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, PA October 20, 2006.

"What's New in Headaches", Med Surg Review Course, Dept of Nursing, Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, PA September 26, 2006.

"Migraine and the Female", Philadelphia College of Medicine, OB/GYN Department, Philadelphia, PA September 1, 2005

"Newest Concepts in Headache Treatment," Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, PA May 18, 2006.

"What's Hot in Headache", Chester County Hospital Grand Rounds, West Chester, PA March 31, 2006.

"What's New in Headache", Paoli Hospital Grand Rounds, Paoli, PA March 8, 2006

"A Treatment Algorithm for Headache in the Emergency Room", Lankenau Hospital Emergency Physicians, Wynnewood, PA, February 23, 2006

"New Concepts in Migraine Management", Lankenau Hospital Grand Rounds, Wynnewood, PA February 3, 2006

"Migraine in Women" Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, PA November 30, 2005.

"A Better Understanding of Headache Classification", Neurology Grand Rounds, Temple University School of Medicine, September 9, 2005.

“New Insights in Migraine Management,” Neurology Grand Rounds, Drexel University College of Medicine, January 30, 2004.

“Management of Difficult Headache Patients,” Philadelphia Neurological Society, October 15, 2003.

“A Better Understanding of Migraine Treatment,” Grand Rounds, Bryn Mawr Hospital, September 18, 2003.

“New Advances in the Treatment of Headache,” Grand Rounds, Pennsylvania Hospital, March 11, 2003.

“Appropriate Diagnosis and Treatment of Headache,” Mini course given for Drexel University College of Medicine Neurology Residents, 2003.

“Management of the Difficult Headache Patient,” Grand Rounds, Carlisle Regional Medical Center, Carlisle, PA, November 22, 2002.

“What’s New in Headache,” Delaware Chester PA Association, November 12, 2002.

“The Treatment of Migraine Headache,” Annual Update for the Philadelphia Academy of Family Physicians, November 10, 2002.

“Understanding Migraine-Assessment and Treatment Options.” “Neurotherapies: What’s New for the Treatment of Neurological Conditions.” Symposium in Philadelphia, PA, November 9, 2002.

“Current Management of Headaches,” Discussion for Philadelphia Chapter of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, 26th Annual Fall Meeting, November 6, 2002.

“New Treatments of Postherpetic Neuralgia.” Riddle Community Hospital, Family Practice Group, September 24, 2002.

“A Fresh Approach Towards Migraine Identification,” Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Medical Grand Rounds, September 13, 2002.

“New Approaches to the Treatment of Headache.” Union County Medical Society, February 19, 2002.

Recent Honors, Awards, Citations

2011 TOP DOCTOR - Neurologist
U.S. News & World Report

2007, 2006, 2000 - "TOP DOC" - Main Line Today Magazine

2005 - Elected Chairman of the Special Interest Group in Refractory Headache
American Headache Association

2001 - Merck Migraine Consultant
2001 - Lecturer's Bureaus for Merck, Glaxo, Smith-Kline, Astra Zeneca, and Forest Pharmaceuticals

2000 - Chosen as TOP DOC
Main Line Today Magazine

1990 - Glaxo Migraine Pioneer
For role played in pivotal trials of Imitrex prior to FDA approval.

Community/Team Clinical Affiliations


"The Headache Toolkit - Information for the Public" Lankenau Hospital, November 8, 2007.

"What's Hot in Headache," - Organized and Chaired the half-day symposium at Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, PA January 27, 2007.

"What You Need to Know About Headaches", Lankenau Hospital, November 2, 2006.

"Headaches in the Holiday Season", NBC10 All That and More - Live Interview, November 9, 2006.

Appropriate Management for the Headache Patient. CN8, December 3, 2002.

Headache Screening for the General Community, Taylor Hospital, September 19, 2001.

Astra Zeneca Migraine Mentors Program. January 25, 2001.

“Ask the Doctor” Live Call-in Show, A discussion of headache syndromes, WPEN 950 AM, April 2, 2000.

“Ask the Doctor” Live Call-in Show, WPEN 950 AM, November 21, 1999.

New Developments in Headache Treatment.” WHYY Radio, Fresh Air February 1999.

Headache Treatments Borders Book Store, Bryn Mawr, PA, November 13, 1997.

Help Yourself Treat Your Headaches. Borders Book Store, Springfield, PA, September 24, 1997.

Migraine Awareness. Southern Chester County Medical Center, Chester County, PA, September 4, 1997.

“Cluster Headache.” Interview, WMAQ Talk Radio, Chicago, Illinois September 23, 1993

“Cluster Headache.” Interview, WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA, May 10, 1992.

“Cluster Headache.” Interview, KYW-TV, Philadelphia, PA, May 4, 1992.

“Cluster Headache.” Interview, WPVI-TV, Philadelphia, PA, June 18, 1991


2001 – Course Auditor for the American Academy of Neurology, Headaches in Adults I.

2000 – Established Algorithm for Treatment of Headache Patients for Crozer Keystone Hospital System.

1999 – Delegate to the American Academy of Neurology representing the Headache and Facial Pain Section.

1997 to Present – “Ask the Expert” Participant, AOL/ACHE web site.

1996 – Advisory Board, Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia, PA. Established criteria for hospital admission for the headache patient.

1995 – Manuscript Reviewer for The Journal of Headache

1994-1995 – Member Bristol-Myers Squibb Advisory Board

1993-1999 - Member, Credentials Committee for Achievement Recognition. American Association for the Study of Headache.

Personal Quote

I believe my role as a patient educator is important, and I am committed to keeping abreast of breakthroughs and developments in the management and treatment of headache.

Current Memberships and Activities

Fellow, American Headache Society

Fellow, American Academy of Neurology

Fellow, American College of Physicians

International Headache Society

Pennsylvania Neurological Society

Headache and Facial Pain Section - American Academy of Neurology

Medical Alumni Association - State University of New York, Buffalo

Philadelphia Neurological Society Board of Directors

Delaware County Medical Society

Membership on the medical staff of any of our hospitals does not constitute an employment or agency relationship.

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