Joanne Kacperski, MD, FAHS

Headache Medicine Specialist, Division of Neurology

Director, Post-Concussion Headache Program

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4222



Headaches; migraines; concussion; post-traumatic headaches


Headache; post-traumatic headaches

Joanne Kacperski, MD, received her training in pediatrics and child neurology at the North-Shore-LIJ Health System in New York. She moved to Cincinnati for a specialty training in pediatric headache medicine. After her headache training, she stayed at Cincinnati Children's as faculty. Her career has been focused on treatment of intractable migraines in children and the treatment of headaches after concussion. Dr. Kacperski’s specific area of interest is in those children who develop persistent post-traumatic headaches after sustaining a head injury. Current research projects aim to identify those patients with risk factors for developing persistent or refractory headaches and potentially help to guide clinicians in treating these children.

BS: Loyola College, Baltimore, MD.

MS: Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

MD: Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, 2006.

Residency: Pediatrics, North Shore-LIJ Health System, New Hyde Park, NY, 2008; Child Neurology, North Shore-LIJ Health System, New Hyde Park, NY.

Fellowship: Headache Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.

Certification: Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology, 2012; UCNS Certification in Headache Medicine, 2013.

Kroon Van Diest AM, Ramsey R, Aylward B, Kroner JW, Sullivan SM, Nause K, Allen JR, Chemberlin LA, Slater S, Hommel K, LeCates SL, Kabbouche MA, Kacperski J, Hershey AD, Powers SW. Adherence to Biobehavioral Recommendations in Pediatric Migraine as measured by Electronic Monitoring: The Adherence in Migraine (AIM) Study. Headache. 2016 may 11.

Leiken KA, Xiang J, Curry E, Fujiwara H, Rose DF, Allen JR, Kacperski J, O’Brien HL, Kabbouche MA, Powers SW, Hershey AD. Quantitative Neuromagnetic signatures of aberrant cortical excitability in pediatric chronic migraine. J Headache pain. 2016 Dec;17(1):46.

Kacperski J, Hung R, Blume HK. Pediatric Posttraumatic Headache. Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2016 Feb;23(1):27-34.

Xiang J, Leiken K, Degrauw X, Kay B, Fujiwara H, Rose DF, Allen JR, Kacperski J, O’Brien HL, Kabbouche MA, Powers SW, Hershey AD. Spatial Heterogeneity of Cortical Excitability in Migraine Revealed by Multi-Frequency Neuromagnetic Signals. J Pain. 2016 Jun;17(6):694-706.

Green A, Kabbouche MA, Kacperski J, Hershey AD. Managing Migraines in Children and Adolescents. Exp Rev Clin Pharm. 2015.

Kacperski J, Arthur T. Management of Post-Traumatic Headaches in Children and Adolescents. Headache. 2015.

Kacperski J, Kabbouche MA, O’Brien HL, Weberding JL. The optimal management of headaches in children and adolescents. Ther Adv Neurol Disord. 2015;9(1):53-68.

Cobb-Pitstick KM, Hershey AD, O’Brien HL, Kabbouche MA, LeCates S, White S, Vaughn, P, Manning P, Segers A, Bush J, Horn PS, Kacperski J. Factors Influencing Migraine Recurrence After Infusion and Inpatient Migraine Treatment in Children and Adolescents. Headache. 2015;55(10):1397-1403.

Kacperski J. Prophylaxis of Migraine in Children and Adolescents. Paediatr Drugs. 2015;17:217-226.

O’Brien HL, Kabbouche MA, Kacperski J, Hershey AD. Treatment of Pediatric Migraine. Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2015;17(1):326.