Deborah Tepper, MD


Deborah Tepper, MD

Appointed: 2008

4.7 out of 5
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Deborah Tepper, MD
Department: Center for Neuro-Restoration
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code C21
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Deborah Tepper, MD
Department: Neurology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code C21
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Deborah Tepper, MD
Department: Internal Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code C21
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

 Professional Employment:

Staff Physician:
March 2008-Present.
  Center for Headache and Pain, Cleveland  Clinic  Foundation.     
Clinical position in the Neurological Institute, evaluating and treating headache
at Main Cleveland Clinic campus and Hillcrest Hospital.  IMATCH physician(Interdisciplinary Method for Assessment and Treatment   of  Chronic Headache refractory headache program).


Medical Director:October 2006-2007.
New England Center for Headache, 778 Long Ridge Rd., Stamford, CT. 06902.   Headache Specialty care serving complex headache patients. Active investigator in on-going headache research. Editing, reviewing and writing journal articles in headache field.


Internal Medicine:  January 1999-September 2006.
Medical Associates of Stamford, 1100 Bedford St.Stamford Ct. 06905. Internal Medicine Practice. Private practice with small Internal Medicine group. Primary care outpatient and inpatient services.  Privileges at Stamford Hospital.  Teaching privileges with medical students and residents, Columbia affiliated.


Public Health:  2001-2002. 
Westchester County Health Dept., NY.  Public Health Physician treating Sexually Transmitted Disease in White Plains and New Rochelle and Tuberculosis in White Plains, NY. Participated in monthly epidemiology and   infectious disease treatment update conferences for Westchester County, NY (part-time position).



Internal Medicine:  1998-1999. 
The Polyclinic, 1145 Broadway, Seattle, WA. 98122-4299. Busy               practice encompassing women's health issues, rheumatology, headache, and all primary care        issues.  Experience in caring for patients under fee-for-service, HMO, PPO, and capitated  insurance plans in private practice group.





   United Council Neurologic Specialty (UCNS) Board Certified in Headache October 2010


ABIM Board Re-certified in General Internal Medicine 2008. Certified since 1998.                                


Full Medical Licensure in Ohio.



    Awarded Best Doctor Cleveland Area 2010, 2011, 2012

   Awarded Castle Connolly Top Doctor New York Metro Area in 2006.

   Awarded “America’s Top Physicians” by Consumers’ Research Council of America 2007.



  Professional Memberships:


            American Headache Society

            International Headache Society

            Ohio Headache Association Board Member

            American Headache Society Women’s Issues Committee

            American Headache Society Online Committee




Headache (journal of the American Headache Society):

Associate Editor (invited)

Online Editorial Board

Contributor to online journal content and article summaries

Regular reviewer of submitted articles

 American Headache Association

Guidelines Committee (invited)

Women’s Issues Committee



Invited Lectures:

Infusion Room Conundrums. Didactic Lecture of the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Center for Pain March 9, 2012.


The Mystery of the Abnormal MRI. Didactic Lecture for Cleveland Clinic Neurological Center for Pain. February 2, 2012.


Chronic Daily Headache in the Outpatient Setting. In Update in Headache Management course, Ohio Headache Association meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, May 15, 2010.  


Migraine Diagnosis and Management. in Current Pain Management for Your Practice, Cleveland Clinic CME course, Sandusky, OH, August 15, 2009.


Headache and Hypothyroidism, Florida Association for the Study of Headache meeting, West Palm Beach, FL, May 16, 2009.


Headache Attributed to Hypothyroidism, Headache Cooperative of New England, 18th Annual Headache Symposium, Stowe, VT, March 1, 2008






Reviewer and Editor: Resident and Fellows of Neurology at Cleveland Clinic, helping to prepare manuscripts for publication 2009-present.


Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine- Communication Skills Preceptor


Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows at the Headache Center, Cleveland Clinic




Medical Residency: University of Washington June 1996-June 1998. Internal Medicine Residency, Primary Care Seattle Program, completion June 1998. Large panel of patients established at Roosevelt Clinic over the course of three years.  Wide range of subspecialty clinical training to prepare for general practice.   Extensive familiarity with 8 different medical practice sites. 


Medical Internship: University of Washington, June 1995-June 1996.


Medical Degree:  University of Washington School of Medicine.  June 1995. Honors in Medicine, Pharmacology, Genetics, Musculoskeletal Studies, Human Behavior, and electives.


Master of Science, University of Washington  School of Nursing, 1988. Extensive study of family, adult, and child health, biological causes of mental illness.  Clinical assignment at Children's Hospital and Odessa Brown Clinic, a clinic for poor and underserved families.


Master of Science, Boston University, School of Journalism, 1979. Focused on research, writing, editing, interviewing, and analysis in magazine, newspaper, and book, publishing.


Bachelor of Science,  Boston University, School of Nursing, 1983. Appointed to the Dean’s List.


                        Bachelor of Arts, Vassar College, English major, 1977.





Academic Affiliations:

  Clinical Instructor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University 2008-present. 

Faculty for Communications Skills course 2009-2012. 

Weekly preceptor for medical students, 2008-2012.

Clinical Instructor, Columbia School of Physicians and Surgeons 2000-2007.


Education & Fellowships

Residency - University of Washington Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Seattle, WA USA
Undergraduate - Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY USA
Internship - University of Washington Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Seattle, WA USA
Medical School - University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA USA
Graduate - Boston University
Psychosocial Nursing
Boston, MA USA
Graduate - University of Washington
Psychosocial Nursing
Seattle, WA USA


  • Internal Medicine
  • United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties- Headache Medicine

Specialty Interests

Headache diagnosis and management, journal editing and writing, editing and writing

Treatment & Services

  • Botox Injections For Headache
  • Interdisciplinary Management Of Chronic Headache Syndromes
  • Occipital Nerve Block

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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