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Sait Ashina

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Neurology
  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Anesthesiology
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Education

  • MD, University of Copenhagen

Biography

    Dr. Ashina specializes in the treatment of headache conditions, including chronic and intractable migraine and cluster headache. His headache treatment approach combines drug therapy, interventional treatments such as nerve blocks, Botulinum toxin injections, trigger point injections, and inpatient and outpatient infusion therapy. Dr. Sait Ashina is an Attending physician and Neurologist at the Department of Neurology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. He is a Headache Specialist and a Director of the Headache Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Dr. Ashina earned his medical degree at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He completed medical internship at the Hospital of Saint Raphael affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. He did his residency in neurology at the Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. He received training in Headache Medicine at the Montefiore Headache Center in Bronx, NY and the Danish Headache Center, Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Ashina is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Diplomat in Headache Medicine through the United Council for Neurological Subspecialties. He is a member of education committee of International Headache Society. Dr. Ashina also served as a member of the International Headache Society headache classification subcommittee on Tension-Type Headache for the 3rd edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD-3). He is also an Associate Editor of Neurology Reviews, and a Visiting Editor of the Journal of Headache and Pain. He has won several awards for his work, including the Clinical Headache Fellowship Award from the American Headache Society. He is a recipient of prestigious 2012 Enrico Greppi Award endorsed by the European Headache Federation and the Italian Society for the Study of Headaches. Dr. Ashina has also been named to the Super Doctors 2013 and 2014 New York Rising Stars list. His research interest includes epidemiology of headache and chronic pain, quantitative sensory testing and human pain models.

Awards

  • - 2010
    Resident Research Travel Scholarship
    American Academy of Neurology

  • - 2014
    Super Doctors New York Rising Stars

  • - 2006
    Clinical Headache Fellowship Award
    American Headache Society

  • - 2013
    Super Doctors New York Rising Stars

  • - 2007
    Scholarship Award
    American Headache Society

  • - 2012
    Enrico Greppi Award for excellence in headache research
    European Headache Federation and the Italian Society for the Study of Headaches

  • - 2009
    Scholarship Award
    American Headache Society

Publications

Ashina S, Bendtsen L, Lyngberg AC, Lipton RB, Hajiyeva N, Jensen R. Prevalence of neck pain in migraine and tension-type headache: A population study. Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache 2014 May;.

Bashir A, Lipton RB, Ashina S, Ashina M. Migraine and structural changes in the brain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Neurology 2013 Oct; 81(14).

Ashina S, Serrano D, Lipton RB, Maizels M, Manack AN, Turkel CC, Reed ML, Buse DC. Depression and risk of transformation of episodic to chronic migraine. The journal of headache and pain 2012 Nov; 13(8).

Sayanlar J, Guleyupoglu N, Portenoy R, Ashina S. Trigeminal postherpetic neuralgia responsive to treatment with capsaicin 8 % topical patch: a case report. The journal of headache and pain 2012 Oct; 13(7).

Bezov D, Ashina S, Jensen R, Bendtsen L. Pain perception studies in tension-type headache. Headache 2011 Feb; 51(2).

Ashina S, Bendtsen L, Ashina M. Pathophysiology of migraine and tension-type headache.. Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management 2012 Jul; 16(1).

Ashina S, Portenoy RK. Intravenous treatment of migraine. Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management 2012 Jan; 16(1).

Bezov D, Ashina S, Lipton R. Post-dural puncture headache: Part II--prevention, management, and prognosis. Headache 2010 Oct; 50(9).

Ashina S, Lyngberg A, Jensen R. Headache characteristics and chronification of migraine and tension-type headache: A population-based study. Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache 2010 Aug; 30(8).

Bezov D, Lipton RB, Ashina S. Post-dural puncture headache: part I diagnosis, epidemiology, etiology, and pathophysiology. Headache 2010 Jul; 50(7).

Bezov D, Lipton RB, Podoltsev N, Zhao CG, Ashina S. Headache in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura: two cases with pathophysiological considerations. Headache 2010 Jun; 50(6).

Zach V, Bezov D, Lipton RB, Ashina S, Ashina S. Headache associated with moyamoya disease: a case story and literature review. The journal of headache and pain 2010 Feb; 11(1).

Bevilaqua-Grossi D, Lipton RB, Napchan U, Grosberg B, Ashina S, Bigal ME. Temporomandibular disorders and cutaneous allodynia are associated in individuals with migraine. Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache 2010 Apr; 30(4).

Bigal ME, Ashina S, Burstein R, Reed ML, Buse D, Serrano D, Lipton RB. Prevalence and characteristics of allodynia in headache sufferers: a population study. Neurology 2008 Apr; 70(17).

Ashina S, Lipton RB, Bigal ME. Treatment of comorbidities of chronic daily headache. Current treatment options in neurology 2008 Jan; 10(1).

Lipton RB, Bigal ME, Ashina S, Burstein R, Silberstein S, Reed ML, Serrano D, Stewart WF. Cutaneous allodynia in the migraine population. Annals of neurology 2008 Feb; 63(2).

Bendtsen L, Buchgreitz L, Ashina S, Jensen R. Combination of low-dose mirtazapine and ibuprofen for prophylaxis of chronic tension-type headache. European journal of neurology : the official journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies 2007 Feb; 14(2).

Ashina S, Bendtsen L, Ashina M, Magerl W, Jensen R. Generalized hyperalgesia in patients with chronic tension-type headache. Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache 2006 Aug; 26(8).

Ashina S, Zeeberg P, Jensen RH, Ashina M. [Medication overuse headache]. Ugeskrift for laeger 2006 Mar; 168(10).

Ashina S, Bendtsen L, Ashina M. Pathophysiology of tension-type headache. Current pain and headache reports 2005 Dec; 9(6).

Ashina S, Hantho A, Olesen J, Ashina M. [Headache]. Ugeskrift for laeger 2005 Aug; 167(34).

Ashina S, Babenko L, Jensen R, Ashina M, Magerl W, Bendtsen L. Increased muscular and cutaneous pain sensitivity in cephalic region in patients with chronic tension-type headache. European journal of neurology : the official journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies 2005 Jul; 12(7).

Ashina S, Ashina M. Headache in systemic mastocytosis: a case report with pathophysiological considerations. Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache 2005 Apr; 25(4).

Ashina S, Bendtsen L, Jensen R. Analgesic effect of amitriptyline in chronic tension-type headache is not directly related to serotonin reuptake inhibition. Pain 2004 Mar; 108(1-2).

Ashina S, Ashina M. Current and potential future drug therapies for tension-type headache. Current pain and headache reports 2003 Dec; 7(6).

Ashina S, Jensen R, Bendtsen L. Pain sensitivity in pericranial and extracranial regions. Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache 2003 Jul; 23(6).

Industry Relationships

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Dr. Ashina did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2013 and/or 2014: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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