Rebecca Wells, MD, MPH

Wake Forest Baptist Health

Dr. Rebecca Erwin Wells is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at Wake Forest Baptist, where she founded and directs the Comprehensive Headache Program. She graduated with highest honors from UNC-Chapel Hill, received her MD from East Carolina-Brody School of Medicine, then completed Internship and Neurology residency at University of Virginia. After residency, she completed a 3-year research fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and obtained a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. She went on to a second fellowship in Headache Medicine at Harvard’s John R. Graham Headache Center. Dr. Wells has been a “Best Doctor of America” since 2015. She is Vice President of the Southern Headache Society and on the Board of Directors of the American Headache Society. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce for the American Headache Society. In 2021 she won the American Academy of Neurology’s Wolff-Graham award for recognition of her outstanding achievements in headache/facial pain research. Her NIH-funded research investigates the mechanisms and efficacy of mind/body treatments for headache. Her research receives frequent media attention, including interviews with Time magazine, NPR, BBC News, Boston Globe, and Prevention magazine. She presents often to national audiences as an expert in headache, mind/body, and integrative medicine. As a trained mindfulness meditation instructor, she has led mindfulness sessions virtually with worldwide participants during the pandemic.


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