Deena Kuruvilla, MD

Westport Headache Institute

Deena E. Kuruvilla, M.D., is a board certified neurologist and Director of the Westport Headache Institute, where she employs a holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment. She has held clinical appointments at the Yale University School of Medicine prior to starting her own practice, and has authored several articles, book chapters, and research publications. 

Dr. Kuruvilla completed her medical internship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Subsequently, she completed her Neurology residency at Brown University in Rhode Island, where she was chief resident. She went on to complete a fellowship in Headache and Facial Pain at the Montefiore Headache Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 

Dr. Kuruvilla specializes in Complementary and Integrative medicine and procedures for headache treatment such as nerve block injections, botulinum toxin injections and trigger point injections. She finds diagnosing and treating people with headache disorders very rewarding. She often says, “Migraine is the most treatable neurological condition. With over 40 million Americans with migraine, I have the ability to make a significant impact in my clinic, through my blog, social media and research.” She believes in providing comprehensive and compassionate care to people with headaches while also formulating a plan that fits into their lifestyle and preferences. 

Dr. Kuruvilla’s research and clinical work has been widely featured in the press, including Prevention Magazine, Neurology Today, Food Network, Connecticut Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. 

“When I am not working, I love spending time at home or in nature with my husband and two children,” says Dr. Kuruvilla. “Balancing work and life can be a challenge for any parent but I try my best to be at every craft fair, dance practice and soccer game.” Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, her favorite hobby was travelling. Her travels have taken her across the world to almost every continent. "Getting lost walking around in several countries has provided me with self-awareness and growth."


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