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Meet Our Team

Carolyn Bernstein, MD

Clinical DirectorCarolyn Bernstein, MD, Clinical Director

Dr. Bernstein is a neurologist specializing in headache medicine in the Departments of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine and Neurology at BIDMC. She is also an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

She joined BIDMC in 2009, after 18 years as a staff neurologist and Founder and Director of the Women's Headache Center at Cambridge Health Alliance. A graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, she interned at Boston City Hospital. She did her postgraduate training at Boston City Hospital and New England Medical Center. Dr. Bernstein is board certified in neurology and headache medicine. Read more >>

Rami Burstein, PhD

Academic DirectorRami Burstein, PhD

A pioneer in migraine headache research, Dr. Burstein is also Vice Chairman of Research and Director of Pain Research within the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at BIDMC. In addition, he is Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Burstein's work has made it possible to more accurately predict which patients will respond to specific therapies for migraine, helped explain how the nervous system is altered by migraine pain and given scientists clues as to why some migraine sufferers are sensitive to light and touch. His research is also shedding light on how migraine attacks can be triggered by stress, social isolation, sleep and food deprivation and certain odors. Read more >>

John “Jack” Pettinato, DOJohn Pettinato

A board certified neurologist specializing in headache medicine, Dr. Jack Pettinato has joined the Comprehensive Headache Center within the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. Dr. Pettinato also serves as Instructor in Anesthesia and Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Prior to joing BIDMC, Dr. Pettinato served as Neurology Division Chief and Medical Director of Neurology at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH. He is a graduate of Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his post graduate training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.

Norma Nighelli

Research Coordinator

Norma's work on research projects has helped to give our patients access to the very latest treatments. She may assist you in checking in and out of your appointments or she may be the pleasant voice on the other end of the phone. Read more >>

Contact Information

Comprehensive Headache Center
Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
One Brookline Place, Suite 621
Brookline, MA 02445
Phone: 617-278-8080
Fax: 617-278-8099