Merle L Diamond MD

President, Managing Director, Diamond Headache Clinic

“Our goal, above all, is to restore normal function. You may still have headaches, but you have to have the ability to manage your attacks when you get them, and still live your life.”

General Background

Dr. Merle Diamond joined Diamond Headache Clinic in 1989 after serving as an attending physician and clinical instructor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and as an attending physician at Evanston and St. Francis hospitals, both in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Diamond currently is an attending physician in Internal Medicine and Director of the Diamond Headache Inpatient Unit. Dr. Diamond is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/ Chicago Medical School. Also, she is a Lecturer in the Department of Medicine (Neurology), Loyola University of Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine.

Education and Training

Dr. Diamond completed her baccalureate with honors at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and completed her Doctorate of Medicine from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She completed residencies in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center.


Certification of Additional Qualification in Headache Medicine from the National Headache Foundation

Diplomate Certification in Headache Medicine from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties

Diplomate Certification in Internal Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine

Board Certification in Emergency Medicine from American College of Emergency Physicians (former)


Dr. Diamond has contributed numerous articles to the medical literature, and has lectured extensively on various headache subjects, particularly the treatment of headache in the emergency department, and hormones and headache. With Dr. Glen Solomon, she co-edited Diamond and Dalessio’s Practicing Physician’s Approach to Headache, 6th Edition (1999).

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