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Robert G. Kaniecki, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Chief, Headache Division
Phone: (412) 647-9494

Specialized Areas of Interest

Headache treatment; neck pain; migraine headache; tension headache.


Robert Kaniecki, MD, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame where he was named a Notre Dame Scholar and to the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Societies. He attended the Washington University School of Medicine, graduated second in his class, and received Alpha Omega Alpha and several scholastic awards. Following his graduation, he completed his medical and neurology training at Barnes Hospital and Washington University, where he served as chief resident his final year.

Being a native Pittsburgher, Dr. Kaniecki returned there in 1992 to found and direct the Allegheny General Headache Center. In 2000 he was appointed Director of the University of Pittsburgh Headache Center, where he now also serves as an Assistant Professor of Neurology. Dr. Kaniecki has authored or co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, and abstracts. His research interests include patient satisfaction with headache treatments, neck pain associated with migraine headache, the overlap between tension and migraine headaches, and outpatient protocols designed to address chronic daily headache.

Dr. Kaniecki is a member of numerous professional and scientific societies, including the American Headache Society, the National Headache Foundation, the International Headache Society and the Primary Care Network. He has served as a consultant for several pharmaceutical companies and has participated in numerous regional, national and international educational programs. Dr Kaniecki is passionate about headache education and he commits significant time and energy into teaching primary care providers and specialists about headache patients and their management. He has received numerous teaching awards including the National Headache Foundation’s Lectureship Award. In 2006 he was named a “Top Doc” by Pittsburgh Magazine and was the recipient of the prestigious Headache Healthcare Provider of the Year from the National Headache Foundation.

Dr. Kaniecki's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

Professional Organization Membership

American Academy of Neurology
American Headache Society
American Council for Headache Education
International Headache Society
National Headache Foundation
American Medical Association
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Allegheny County Medical Society

Editorial Service

• Editor

AHS Profiles, American Headache Society  

• Ad Hoc Reviewer

Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics

Dr. Kaniecki

Dr. Kaniecki