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

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

Shema Mathew, MD

Shema Mathew, Headache Attending

Attending Physician, Headache Center
Department of Neurology, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

  • Specialties: Neurology, Headache Medicine
  • Medical School: Stanley Medical College, India
  • Internship: Jamaica Hospital, NY
  • Residency: Neurology at SUNY at Stony Brook, NY
  • Fellowship: Headache Medicine at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital DC, Neurophysiology at NIH, Bethesda, MD
  • Certification(s): American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Special Interests: Headache in Young Adults, Botox injections, Nerve Blocks, Spheno Palatine Ganglion Block