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Melissa                        Rayhill

Melissa L. Rayhill MD

Department of Neurology

Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Neurology

 
Professional Summary:

I am a neurologist specializing in treating patients who experience headaches, migraines, cluster headaches and post-traumatic headaches. I also care for patients who experience headache during pregnancy and lactation. I use a mixture of lifestyle modification and medications to address my patients’ conditions. I am also experienced in botulinum toxin injections and nerve block injections.

After completing my residency, I obtained further specialty training in headache medicine at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Practicing in Boston’s original City Hospital has equipped me with a wealth of experience and expertise in caring for individuals from diverse cultures and economic backgrounds. I currently see patients at both Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) outpatient neurology clinics as well as the UBMD Neurology Main Street clinic in Williamsville, where I continue to care for patients who come from diverse backgrounds. I feel privileged to practice with the UBMD practice plan; the opportunity affords me the clinical time to understand my patients’ individual needs and provide them with the best treatment solutions. I also care for adult inpatients with a wide variety of neurological diseases at BGMC and work as part of a team to provide consultation and inpatient management.
My research interests largely mirror my clinical interests, but also include evaluating research integrity and trial registration in the medical literature.

Mentoring the next generation of neurologists and headache specialists is one of my major career aims. I take part in mentoring medical students and neurology residents during their rotations at BGMC.

My family and I feel fortunate to once again call Western New York home. My goal is to decrease the suffering of individuals in my community who suffer from disabling headaches.

Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, Headache Medicine, Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women‘s Hospital (2015)
  • Residency, Neurology, Boston University Medical Center, Chief Resident (2014)
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, Boston University Medical Center (2011)
  • MD, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, cum laude (2010)
  • BA, Psychology, Biology Minor, Boston University, magna cum laude (2005)
Employment:
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology, University at Buffalo (2015-present)
Awards and Honors:
  • Elected to the Faculty Senate of Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 2016-2018 (2016)
  • International Headache Academy at the National Institute of Health (2015)
  • Women in Leadership Forum, American Academy of Neurology (2015)
  • “Frontiers in Headache Research” Scholarship Award, American Headache Society (2014)
  • American Academy of Neurology: Medical Student Prize for Excellence (2010)
  • Inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society (2009)
  • Inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, peer nomination and faculty selection (2009)
  • John B. Sheffer Award: Excellence in Pathology (2008)
  • Dean’s Letter of Commendation (2008)
  • Dean’s Letter of Commendation (2007)
  • Graduate of Boston University’s Honors Program, Dean’s List (2005)

Research Centers:
  • Jacobs Neurological Institute

Journal Articles:
Abstracts:
  • Rayhill ML, Sharon R, Loder E. Compliance with ICMJE Trial Registration Requirements in the Headache Medicine Literature. American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting; Washington, DC.. 2015.
  • Rayhill ML, Fiorito-Torres F, Perloff MD. Idiopathic Intracerebral Hypertension (IIH)/pseudotumor: Removing less CSF is best. American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting; Philadelphia, PA.. 2014.
  • Daniello, Rayhill M, Busza A, Otis J. Implementing a Checklist into Cerebrovascular Service Discharges: A Resident-Driven Quality Improvement Project. American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting; Philadelphia, PA.. 2014.
  • Rayhill ML, Shoamanesh A, Catanese L, Romero JR, Babikian V, Kase CS, Pikula A. The Vascular Topography of Ischemic Stroke in Young Patients. American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting; San Diego, CA.. 2013.
  • Shoamanesh A, Catanese L, Rayhill ML, Romero JR, Babikian V, Kase CS, Pikula A. Cerebral Microbleeds in Young Stroke Patients. 2013.
  • Catanese L, Shoamanesh A, Rayhill, Romero JR, Babikian V, Kase CS, Pikula A. Prevalence and Determinants of White Matter Hyperintensities in Young Stroke Patients. 2013.
Books and Book Chapters:
  • Rayhill ML, Mathews P. Pharmacologic Treatment of Headache (Chapter 33). Principles and Practice of Pain Medicine. Third Edition.. 2016.

Professional Memberships:
  • American Headache Society (2012–present)
  • American Academy of Neurology (2012–present)
Presentations:
  • "Acceptability of Placebo in Cluster Headache Clinical Trials: A Patient Survey" American Neurological Association Baltimore Meeting 2016, American Neurological Association (2016)
  • "Publication Bias in the Headache Medicine Literature" Southern Headache Society Meeting (2016)
  • "Publication Bias in the Headache Medicine Literature" Neurology Grand Rounds, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Neurology (2016)
  • "The Other Headache Syndromes" Resident Didactics, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Neurology (2016)
  • "Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias" Resident Didactics, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Neurology (2016)
  • "Evaluation and Management of Headaches for the PCP" Primary Care Update Conference, UBMD, Department of Medicine (2016)
  • "Back to School Headaches" On camera interview by Jenn Schanz, Channel 4 News (2015)
  • "Top Scientific Paper of 2014-2015 (Burstein et al.)" International Headache Academy 2015, National Institute of Health (2015)
  • "Baby on the brain: How parenthood changes the way you think" Clinical Neurosciences Grand Rounds, Boston University Medical Center (2014)
  • "Going Haywire—A Case of Peripheral Neuropathy" Clinical Neurosciences Grand Rounds, Boston University Medical Center (2012)
  • "Post Stroke Depression: A Retrospective MRI Study" Summer Training on Aging Research Topics Mental Health, University of California San Diego (2007)
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Service Activities:
  • Faculty Senate; Member (2016)
  • Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Student Affairs & Academic Standing; Member (2015)
  • Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Curriculum Committee; School Representative (2008–2010)
  • British Medical Journal; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2014–present)
  • Cephalalgia; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2014–present)
  • Headache; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2014–present)
  • Habitat for Humanity; Buffalo, NY and Lockport, NY; School Representative (2006–2010)

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Contact Information

5851 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: 716-932-6080
Email: mrayhill@buffalo.edu

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