Marielle A. Kabbouche, MD

Child Neurologist, Division of Neurology

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-4222

Fax: 513-636-1888

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Clinical Interests

Headaches; migraines; acute and inpatient treatment of intractable headache

Research Interests

Headache; outcome studies; health improvement; clinical effectiveness


Marielle Kabbouche, MD, received her training in child neurology at Vanderbilt University school of medicine. She moved to Cincinnati for a specialty training in pediatric headache medicine. The position was the first for a pediatric neurologist.

After her headache training she stayed at Cincinnati Children's as faculty and active member of the center with involvement in all academic as well as clinical and teaching aspect of pediatric headache. Since that time she has been proud to be part of the maturing center that gradually developed to be the largest and most academically productive pediatric headache program in the United States and worldwide. She has been a co- PI on multiple NIH grants since 2002 and has been involved in multiple pharmaceutical and clinical studies in pediatric and adolescent migraine.

Her carrier has been focused on acute treatment of intractable migraine in children in emergency room as well as inpatient settings.

As the director of the inpatient headache unit, Dr. Kabbouche was actively involved in setting an acute headache infusion center as well as an inpatient headache unit at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The headache acute care unit has been very productive in the last few years and seeing about 200-300 patients/year during peak seasons. The inpatient unit will open in July of 2011 bringing specialty care to the headache patients with a team of six providers, fellows, residents and nurses. This approach to intractable headache care will have a great impact on patient’s outcome.

Dr. Kabbouche has over 25 publications, and a track record of numerous peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and abstracts in the field of headache medicine, book chapters as well as being an editor of a pediatric headache book.

Education and Training

MD: Saint Joseph University, Faculty of Medicine, Beirut, Lebanon.

Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH.


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