Soma Sahai-Srivastava, MD

Clinical Professor of Neurology (Clinician Educator)

Division Chief, Headache Center

Director, LAC+USC Medical Center Ambulatory Care

Director, Keck Medical Center Ambulatory Care

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After completing her residency at USC, she joined as faculty in the department of neurology in 2001. Dr Sahai is a board certified, headache specialist (UCNS) and advocates an integrated approach to management of headache disorders. Dr Sahai has established a multidisciplinary headache and atypical facial pain program at USC that specializes in dealing with complicated and challenging cases. She has a UCNS certified fellowship program in Headache medicine. Her clinical research focuses on migraine, headache disorders and neuromuscular disorders. Dr Sahai has participated in many clinical trials as principal or co-investigator relating to her areas of specialization. She has published numerous articles in scientific journals on topics relating to Headache, Neuropathic pain and neuromuscular diseases and is a regular contributor to the web-based peer-reviewed portal


  • Patient-Centered Treatment of Chronic Migraine With Medication Overuse: A Prospective, Randomized, Pragmatic Clinical Trial Neurology. 2022 04 05; 98(14):e1409-e1421. . View in PubMed
  • Determinants of pain interference and headache impact in patients who have chronic migraine with medication overuse: Results from the MOTS trial Cephalalgia. 2021 09; 41(10):1053-1064. . View in PubMed
  • Headache characteristics and burden from chronic migraine with medication overuse headache: Cross-sectional observations from the Medication Overuse Treatment Strategy trial Headache. 2021 02; 61(2):351-362. . View in PubMed
  • Safety and efficacy of sphenopalatine ganglion stimulation for chronic cluster headache: a double-blind, randomised controlled trial Lancet Neurol. 2019 12; 18(12):1081-1090. . View in PubMed
  • Greater Occipital Nerve Block for the Treatment of Chronic Migraine Headaches: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 10; 144(4):943-952. . View in PubMed
  • Experiences of an outpatient infusion center with intravenous magnesium therapy for status migrainosus Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2019 03; 178:31-35. . View in PubMed
  • Dextromethorphan/Quinidine in Migraine Prophylaxis: An Open-label Observational Clinical Study Clin Neuropharmacol. 2018 Mar/Apr; 41(2):64-69. . View in PubMed
  • Multidisciplinary Team Treatment Approaches to Chronic Daily Headaches Headache. 2017 Oct; 57(9):1482-1491. . View in PubMed
  • Headaches in multiple sclerosis: Cross-sectional study of a multiethnic population Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2016 Apr; 143:71-5. . View in PubMed
  • Headaches in multiple sclerosis: Cross-sectional study of a multiethnic population Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. 2016; 143:71-75. . View in PubMed
  • Pelvic osteomyelitis presenting as groin and medial thigh pain: a resident’s case problem J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015 Apr; 45(4):306-15. . View in PubMed
  • Orofacial Pain: A Guide to Medications and Management “Headaches with a focus on chronic daily headache medications. 2012; 248. . View in PubMed
  • “Skeletal muscle relaxants and antispasticity drugs for orofacial pain disorders ” Orofacial Pain: a guide to medications and management. 2012; 115-118. . View in PubMed
  • Undiagnosed depression and its correlates in a predominantly immigrant Hispanic neurology clinic Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2011 Oct; 113(8):623-5. . View in PubMed
  • Occipital neuralgia with and without migraine: difference in pain characteristics and risk factors Headache. 2011 Jan; 51(1):124-8. . View in PubMed
  • Adverse effect profile of lidocaine injections for occipital nerve block in occipital neuralgia J Headache Pain. 2010 Dec; 11(6):519-23. . View in PubMed
  • Analysis of headache management in a busy emergency room in the United States Headache. 2008 Jun; 48(6):931-8. . View in PubMed
  • Cryptogenic stroke in the setting of intravaginal prostaglandin therapy for elective abortion Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2008 May; 110(5):529-31. . View in PubMed
  • Brainstem tuberculoma in the immunocompetent: case report and literature review Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2008 Mar; 110(3):302-4. . View in PubMed
  • Generalized myasthenia gravis triggered by cataract surgery J Neuroophthalmol. 2007 Dec; 27(4):311-2. . View in PubMed
  • Compressive neuropathies complicating normal childbirth: case report and literature review Birth. 2007 Jun; 34(2):173-5. . View in PubMed