Director's Message

A Message from the CNPHC’s founding director, Dr. Michele Lee Lambert, M.D.

Upon finishing medical school in the United States,  I decided to study neurology which focuses on diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscle.

After completing residency at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),  I worked as a Consultant at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Kingston Public Hospital and had two private practices.  It was during this time that I realized that patients with pain and headache were not being treated adequately.  Headaches are the most common reason why patients see the neurologist and I did not feel I had sufficient tools to provide them with the best care.

I made the decision to do a fellowship in chronic pain and headache which I did at the University of South Florida, Tampa.  During this one year fellowship I got the opportunity to manage patients with hard to treat headaches. Patients came from all across the country for approximately two to three weeks for the in-patient treatment. The management of these patients usually requires an interdisciplinary approach which a pain-headache center can provide.

Patients do not need to suffer with headaches and chronic pain.  Acute pain lets us know that somewhere is injured in our body or things are not working right.  Chronic pain serves no purpose.   I hope that my neurology-pain-headache center will provide a place where patients can finally get the care they need for their neurological conditions and provide a significant reduction, if not resolution of their pain.