Meet the Headache Faculty

CARRIE O. DOUGHERTY, MD

Program Director, Headache Fellowship 
Attending Physician, Headache Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

  • Specialty: Neurology, Headache
  • Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, 2008
  • Residency: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, 2009; MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, 2012
  • Fellowship: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 2013
  • Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2012, United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties: Headache Medicine, 2014
  • Special Interests: Management of headache disorders, Botox for chronic migraine, peripheral nerve blocks for headache

JESSICA AILANI, MD

Director, MedStar Georgetown Headache Center
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology

  • Specialty: Neurology, Headache
  • Medical School: State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook Medical School, 2004
  • Internship: Winthrop University Hospital, 2005
  • Residency: New York University, 2008
  • Fellowship: Headache, Thomas Jefferson University, 2009
  • Certification(s): American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2008, United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties: Headache Medicine, 2010
  • Special Interests: Management of headache disorders, Botox for chronic migraine, Peripheral nerve blocks for headache

DEENA M. HASSABALLA, DO

Attending Physician, Headache Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

  • Specialty: Psychiatry, Headache
  • Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University, 2010
  • Internship: Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 2011
  • Residency: Loyola University Medical Center of Chicago, 2014
  • Fellowship: Georgetown University Hospital & Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital, 2015
  • Special Interests: Concussions, Headaches, Spasticity, Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Personal Interests: Chicago sports teams, Georgetown culture, Washington D.C. life

LAURA B. XANDERS, MS, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner, Headache Center

  • Specialty: Family Nurse Practitioner, Neurology, Headache
  • Nursing School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
  • Masters Degree: Georgetown University, 2012
  • Special Interests: Management of headache disorders, management of headaches in pregnancy, peripheral nerve blocks for headaches, emergency treatment for status migraine