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Headache Medicine Specialist, Division of Neurology

Director, Post-Concussion Headache Program

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

513-636-4222

Board Certified

About Me

Biography

Treating headache patients allows me to work with a unique population — kids with chronic pain. As a pediatric neurologist and headache specialist, I value giving kids and their families the tools they need to treat their headaches. The right guidance can change a child's quality of life.

We want to empower both patients and primary care providers to understand that migraine and other headache disorders are painful conditions and that treatment options are available. Treating headaches is not about medication. Instead, a multidisciplinary and holistic approach is necessary to treat kids with headaches successfully. Children need to feel empowered and educated about headaches.

Our team takes a multidisciplinary approach to headaches. Each child has the opportunity to meet with pain psychologists to discuss healthy lifestyle habits and the importance of stress management. Psychologists teach children relaxation techniques and ways to cope with chronic pain. Specialty-trained headache nurses provide each family with educational information, so when they leave the clinic, they feel empowered and confident.

I am the director of the Headache Medicine Fellowship Program and a member of the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties Task Force for updating the headache medicine fellowship curriculum. This task force is responsible for updating the rapid changes happening within our field.

In addition to helping patients, I’m pursuing several areas of research. One study focuses on how kids' headaches are different from adults and how we may better treat them. We are also involved in studies looking at newer classes of migraine medications. We want to know how children tolerate and metabolize these medications and their efficacy among youth with migraine.

When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my husband and three children. We take long walks, cook and try new recipes. Most of all, we love traveling as a family.

Additional Languages

Polish

Clinical Interests

Headaches; migraines; concussion; post-traumatic headaches

Research Interests

Headache; post-traumatic headaches

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Divisions

Neurology, Headache Medicine

My Locations

My Education

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.

My Publications

Pediatric Post-Traumatic Headache and Implications for Return to Sport: A Narrative Review. Irwin, SL; Kacperski, J; Rastogi, RG. Headache. 2020; 60:1076-1092.

The Profile and Prognosis of Youth With Status Migrainosus: Results From an Observational Study. Orr, SL; Turner, A; Kabbouche, MA; Horn, PS; O'Brien, HL; Kacperski, J; LeCates, S; White, S; Weberding, J; Miller, MN; et al. Headache. 2020; 60:878-888.

Predictors of Short-Term Prognosis While in Pediatric Headache Care: An Observational Study. Orr, SL; Turner, A; Kabbouche, MA; Horn, PS; O'Brien, HL; Kacperski, J; LeCates, S; White, S; Weberding, J; Miller, MN; et al. Headache. 2019; 59:543-555.

A pilot investigation of a mobile phone application and progressive reminder system to improve adherence to daily prevention treatment in adolescents and young adults with migraine. Ramsey, RR; Holbein, CE; Powers, SW; Hershey, AD; Kabbouche, MA; O'Brien, HL; Kacperski, J; Shepard, J; Hommel, KA. Cephalalgia: an international journal of headache. 2018; 38:2035-2044.

Pharmacotherapy for Persistent Posttraumatic Headaches in Children and Adolescents: A Brief Review of the Literature. Kacperski, J. Pediatric Drugs. 2018; 20:385-393.

Predictors of First-Line Treatment Success in Children and Adolescents Visiting an Infusion Center for Acute Migraine. Orr, SL; Kabbouche, MA; Horn, PS; O'Brien, HL; Kacperski, J; LeCates, S; White, S; Weberding, J; Miller, MN; Powers, SW; et al. Headache. 2018; 58:1194-1202.

Paediatric migraine: evidence-based management and future directions. Orr, SL; Kabbouche, MA; O'Brien, HL; Kacperski, J; Powers, SW; Hershey, AD. Nature Reviews Neurology. 2018; 14:515-527.

Ovarian hormones, age and pubertal development and their association with days of headache onset in girls with migraine: An observational cohort study. Martin, VT; Allen, JR; Houle, TT; Powers, SW; Kabbouche, MA; O'Brien, HL; Kacperski, J; LeCates, SL; White, S; Vaughan, P; et al. Cephalalgia: an international journal of headache. 2018; 38:707-717.

Treatment Adherence in Child and Adolescent Chronic Migraine Patients Results From the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Amitriptyline Trial. Van Diest, AM K; Ramsey, RR; Kashikar-Zuck, S; Slater, S; Hommel, K; Kroner, JW; LeCates, S; Kabbouche, MA; O'Brien, HL; Kacperski, J; et al. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2017; 33:892-898.

New Developments in the Prophylactic Drug Treatment of Pediatric Migraine: What Is New in 2017 and Where Does It Leave Us?. Kacperski, J; Bazarsky, A. Current Pain and Headache Reports. 2017; 21.