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Dr. Joel Saper Named One of America’s Top Doctors for Women by Women’s Health Magazine

A new list of America's top doctors for women features Dr. Joel Saper, founder of the Michigan Headache & Neurological Institute (MHNI) and Medical Director of the Head Pain Treatment Unit at Chelsea Community Hospital. The November 2008 issue of Women's Health magazine includes a list of the best doctors in the specialties most important to women. Dr. Saper is featured in the "Top Neurologists" category--the only Michigan doctor among the 16 that were named in that specialty.

Dr. Saper is featured for his pioneering work with women suffering migraines. When he began his career 35 years ago, women were often told their migraines were due to their "anxious natures." Women's Health credits Dr. Saper for rejecting that idea, and states that new research linking women's higher headache rates to estrogen receptors in the brain backs him up.

"It's an honor to be recognized by a publication that targets a significant segment of America's pain population," said Dr. Saper. "We have worked tirelessly over the years to identify the causes of pain and provide successful treatment outcomes to everyone who walks through our doors. This is one of the primary reasons people suffering from pain travel here from around the country for treatment, often after exhausting all other options in their local communities."

Women's Health recognizes a total of 176 doctors in 10 specialties: Cardiology and Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, EndocrinologyGastroenterology, Oncology, Neurology, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine, Psychiatry, and Reproductive Medicine and Fertility.

Dr. Saper founded the Michigan Headache & Neurological Institute, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 30 years ago. MHNI is considered one of the world's premier centers for head and neck pain management providing comprehensive care to patients suffering from headache and related painful disorders. MHNI partners with Chelsea Community Hospital (CCH) for specialized and in-patient treatment. Dr. Saper and CCH developed the head pain treatment unit at CCH in 1978, forming the first hospital specialty program of its kind in the world.