Houston neurologist Dr. Ninan T. Mathew was honored with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Neurological Society during at its annual medical conference here Feb. 4.
After realizing that headaches, though common, were not being studied properly, Mathew established the Houston Headache Clinic in 1976, the first headache specialty center in Texas, a major referral and research center for treating headache patients from around the world. In 1984, he started the Dallas Headache Clinic.
Mathew is also one of the founding members of the international research group on cluster headaches and was chairman of the Fifth International Headache Congress held in Washington, D.C., in 1991. In 1999, he chaired the Ninth International Headache Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
He has also published more than 200 scientific publications, was featured in a 2002 headache cover story in Time magazine and has appeared on radio and television for the National Migraine Foundation and the American Council.
Mathew has also been the recipient of several other awards, including the 1976 Harold G. Wolff Lecture Award and the 1994 John R. Graham Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Headache Society.
The Indian American physician received his medical degree from Trivandrum Medical College in his home state of Kerala.