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Meet our new headache specialist

Hubert Leonard, M.D., Ph.D.

OHSU Headache Specialist - Hap Leonard, M.D., Ph.D.

Hubert Leonard, M.D., Ph.D. joined the OHSU Brain Institute from Providence Neurological Subspecialties – Headache Medicine, in Portland, Oregon. Prior to that, he had a well-established private practice specializing in general neurology and headache medicine, with more than 20,000 patients. Dr. Leonard has been in practice for more than 25 years.

At the OHSU Brain Institute, Dr. Leonard, known by his colleagues as “Hap”, plans to help develop a broad headache program, collaborating with other specialties throughout OHSU—including OHSU’s Comprehensive Pain Center—to bring relief to people who have chronic, disabling headaches.

“Headaches are the single most frequent diagnosis seen by neurologists, and one of the most common pain complaints to all doctors. Twelve-13 percent of the general public has migraines, and many of those people suffer from disabling migraines. It’s essential we find a way to manage them,  beyond only prescribing medicine,” he says. “While some people may require pharmacologic treatment, others may need non-pharmacological and some may need a mix of both.”

As a headache-certified neurologist, Dr. Leonard will see people who have headaches and migraines, as well as general neurologic issues. He describes his patient care philosophy as “hands-on”: “I don’t see a patient once, and that’s it. You’ve got to be involved with people day-to-day, month-to-month, handling all the issues that feature into their headaches.”

Dr. Leonard is also well-connected in the world of clinical trials, having been in involved in more than 60 clinical trials throughout his career. He is looking forward to the opportunity to lead clinical trials at the OHSU Brain Institute for chronic headache management. “A couple of things are brewing that have the ability to transform how we treat people with chronic headaches. The only way we can make progress is the ability to introduce new treatments.”

An Oregon native, Dr. Leonard earned his medical degree and Ph.D. from OHSU. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California Hospital in Los Angeles and a residency in Neurology at OHSU. He is board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and is certified in Headache Medicine by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.