Seymour Diamond MD
Director Emeritus and Founder
“It's always made sense to me to look at the whole picture. It's the only way we can give patients the best chance to get the therapy they need.”
The reputation of Diamond Headache Clinic is built on the hard work, solid science and practical approaches of each of its physicians. All would agree there would be no foundation upon which to build their careers in headache medicine today without the pioneering efforts of our founder, Dr. Seymour Diamond.
“Back then, a headache was a headache,” the Clinic Founder, now Director Emeritus, said.
“Back then” was in the early 1960s, when Dr. Diamond, in his family practice, noticed headache patterns emerging among his patients. Upon further investigation, he realized there was very little scientific information available to accurately diagnose and treat them. Cluster headache, for instance, was classified as migraine, which, for sufferers, meant significantly inadequate treatments for their very acute symptoms.
That realization was all it took to spark this legendary doctor's lifelong pursuit of better diagnostic tools and treatment options for headache conditions. Along the way, he's played integral roles in transforming the entire field's approach, including that of the American Headache Society, from which he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.
Although his accomplishments include a laundry list of “ firsts” - like establishing the largest complete inpatient unit at a hospital; being the first to clinically incorporate biofeedback into the treatment process; testifying before the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, about the benefits of specific pharmaceuticals for headache patients – perhaps his greatest contribution to the field of headache medicine has been his unwavering commitment to creating the first true continuum of care for patients. Treatment by qualified, multi-disciplinary headache specialists at every stage of the condition is a sufferer's best hope for long-term success at coping with headache.
Currently, Dr. Diamond serves as Adjunct Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, Illinois, as well as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. Also, he is a Lecturer, Department of Family Medicine (Neurology) at Loyola University Chicago/Stritch School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School, and was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1977 and the President's Award in 2002. He has been elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Neurology Section.
Dr. Diamond also has served as editor or on the editorial board for 31 publications; has published more than 480 articles in professional literature; and has authored or co-authored more than 70 books. In 1992, with Donald J. Dalessio, he co-edited the fifth edition of The Practicing Physician's Approach to Headache.
He has received the National Migraine Foundation Lectureship Award, and was honored by the British Migraine Trust as the initial recipient of the Migraine Trust Lectureship.
Part of his professional legacy beyond Diamond Headache Clinic is the Seymour Diamond, M.D. Fellowship in Headache Medicine, which is anchored at Loyola University's Stritch School of Medicine. Fellows are given unprecedented access to the daily inter-workings of the Diamond Headache Clinic. They have the opportunity to work alongside today's top headache professionals, learning firsthand how this multi-disciplinary approach makes a real life difference for patients.