Head Pain / Neurology

Joel R. Saper, M.D., F.A.A.N.

Dr. Joel Saper

Dr. Joel Saper is Founder and Director of the Institute and the inpatient Head•Pain Treatment Unit at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea (formerly Chelsea Community Hospital). A board-certified neurologist, pain medicine, and headache medicine specialist, Dr. Saper is past President of the American Association for the Study of Headache, past Chairman of the American Council for Headache Education, and an educator in the American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Headache Society, and the American Pain Society. He is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at Michigan State University and a former Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Saper is an invited lecturer to universities, medical centers, government and business groups, and lay audiences throughout the world. He is featured in major television and newspaper media as an authority in headache and pain and their personal, social, and economic impact. Dr. Saper is the author of eight books and over 300 medical articles and textbook chapters, and has been cited repeatedly in the Best Doctors in America and The Best In Medicine.


Shathabish S. Kariyanna, M.D.

Dr. Shathabish Kariyanna

Dr. Shathabish Kariyanna, a board-certified family medicine and headache medicine specialist, completed his family medicine residency at the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine program in Utica, New York and his fellowship training in Headache Medicine at Loyola University Medical Center in collaboration with the Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago, Illinois prior to joining MHNI. Dr. Kariyanna also obtained a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Headache Society and the American Interventional Headache Society. Committed to medical scholarship, Dr. Kariyanna has authored numerous journal articles and abstracts and continues to have a focus on research at the Institute. His interests include office based procedures and inpatient management of refractory headaches. At MHNI, Dr. Kariyanna treats patients in the outpatient program in Ann Arbor as well as in its hospital program at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.

Jeanne M. Josey, FNP-BC

Jeanne Josey Mrs. Jeanne M. Josey, a board certified nurse practitioner, completed her post-graduate Family Nurse Practitioner training at Oakland University in 1999 after completing her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nursing at Eastern Michigan University. Prior to joining the Headache Division in Ann Arbor in 2016, she worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Family Medical Centers of Michigan and four years alongside Dr. Saper in the Head•Pain Treatment Unit at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital (formally Chelsea Community Hospital). Mrs. Josey has a primary clinical role at MHNI including an active role in the Research Division of the Institute.