The 6th Annual Tufts Headache and Face Pain Symposium

Boston, MA •March 13, 2020, 8:30 AM - March 14, 2020, 4:30 PM

Built for those in both the dental and medical fields, our annual symposium addresses the need for a interprofessional study of of the complex nature of effective headache and face pain management.
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
1 Kneeland Street
Boston, MA 02111
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Built for those in both the dental and medical fields, our annual symposium addresses the need for a interprofessional study of of the complex nature of effective headache and face pain management.


Comprehensive clinical evaluation in dental practice usually indicates headache as a common complaint, although generally not addressed by dentists. Despite considerable treatment advances, headache continues not being treated efficiently. This may lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment of odontogenic pain by dentists, as well as overdiagnosis and overtreatment of neuropathic pain--particularly trigeminal neuralgia--by medical doctors.

This year, the symposium will present the following innovations:

  • Hands-on/Participation CE hours: there will be four sessions to teach the audience relevant skills for the examination and treatment of face pain and headache
  • Topic-debate: the audience will be able to present questions to a panel of experts on a specific topic and be part of a scientific debate
  • New lectures: while some core lectures are returning, we will explore new topics such as the relation between face pain and headache, latest pharmacotherapy for migraine, ENT approach to face pain and headache, and complementary and alternative treatments for face pain and headache
  • Case presentation: clinical cases will be presented to encourage exchange of information and debate between member of the audience and faculty

Each day, breakfast and lunch are provided.

Friday, March 13, 2020

  • Breakfast and Check-in/Registration
  • Welcome by Alberto Malacarne BDS
  • Introduction to the Diagnosis of Headache by Egilius L.H. Spierings, MD, PhD
  • Temporomandibular disorder (TMD): A Hands-on Comprehensive Assessment by Donavon Khosrow Aroni, DDS, MS
  • Face Pain and Headache: What is their Relation? A Clinical Approach by Alberto Malacarne, BDS
  • Face Pain Case Presentation: Evidence-based Versus Non-evidence Approach to the Management of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) by Priyanka Monga (Orofacial Pain Resident) and Alberto Malacarne, BDS
  • An ENT Perspective on the Assessment of Headache and Face Pain by TBA speaker
  • Cranial Nerve Screening and Neurological Examination of the Headache Patient by Stephanie W. Goldberg, MD, and Egilius L.H. Spierings, MD, PhD
  • Interventional Therapies in the Management of Headache – Where and When to Inject by Paul G. Mathew, MD


Saturday, March 14, 2020

  • Breakfast and Check-in/Registration
  • Orofacial Pain: A Newly Recognized Dental Specialty by Shuchi Dhadwa,l DMD
  • Recent Advances in Migraine Pharmacotherapy by Stephanie W. Goldberg, MD
  • Abortive and Preventive Treatment of Migraine and Cluster Headache by Brian E. McGeeney, MD, MPH, MBA
  • The Role of Sleep in the Assessment and Management of Patients with Headache and Face Pain: A Multidisciplinary Perspective – Moderators: Leopoldo Correa, BDS, MS, Noah Siegel, MD, Ronald J. Kulich, PhD, and Stephanie W. Goldberg, MD
  • Evidence-based Review of Orofacial Pain Treatments (Pharmacotherapy and Physical Medicine) by Brijesh Chandwani, DMD
  • Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Face Pain and Headache
    • Part 1: Mindfulness Meditation by William Jackson, PsyD
    • Part 2: Acupuncture by George E. Maloney, DMD, MAc
  • Oral Appliance Therapy in the Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders by Donavon Khosrow Aroni DDS, MS


While many conditions and treatments will be discussed, the symposium focuses on the most commonly encountered face pain and headache conditions: myofacial temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and migraine.


Lodging Information
The hotels listed below are within walking distance of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and offer a Tufts rate to program participants. Because rates vary depending on availability, please book your room early.

Courtyard by Marriott
Boston Tremont
275 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Reservations: 800.321.2211
Phone: 617.426.1400
Fax: 617.482.6730

The DoubleTree Hotel
821 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617.956.7900
Fax: 617.956.7901

The W Hotel Boston
100 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617.261.8700
Fax: 617.310.6730
Speaker Information

D. KHOSROW ARONI, D.M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor, Craniofacial Pain Center, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Completed 3 year Craniofacial Pain Residency Program and Masters at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

ALBERTO MALACARNE, B.D.S. Assistant Professor, Craniofacial Pain Center, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Diplomate, American Board of Orofacial Pain.

EGILIUS H. SPIERINGS, M.D., Ph.D. Clinical Professor of Craniofacial Pain at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and Director of the Headache & Face Pain Program at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Spierings is board certified in Neurology by the Royal Netherlands Medical Association and is fellowship-trained in headache management.

Credit Information

Participation: Credit Hours - 16

(1 day registrants: 8 participation hours)

ADA CERP Continuing Education Recognition Program 

Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. Approval Date 11/15-12/19. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit house by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at
Cancellation Policy
The Division of Continuing Education reserves the right to end registration when enrollment limit is reached and to cancel, modify, or alter content or faculty for any course if circumstances indicate the need for such a change. If the school finds it necessary to cancel a course, a full refund will be granted. All attempts to contact registrants will be made as soon as possible in the event of a course cancellation. The school will not be held responsible for any losses due to travel arrangements made by the registrant.

In the event of inclement weather (such as a snow emergency) or other extenuating circumstances, the Division of Continuing Education may be forced to cancel a course. If a course has been cancelled, we will contact participants by the phone number and/or email address provided. You may call or email our office on the day of the course if you are uncertain of a course’s status.


Full tuition refund or credit will be given for cancellations received at least two weeks prior to course date. Refunds or tuition credit will not be issued for participant no-shows.
We may be reached by email at, and by phone at 617-636-6629.
For dental professionals:
Participation: Credit Hours - 16
(1 day registrants: 8 participation hours)
Learning Objectives
  • To recognize the most relevant conditions causing face pain
  • To develop a systematic approach for diagnosis of the primary headache disorders in an interprofessional manner
  • To assess oral appliance therapy in patients with temporomandibular disorder (TMD)
  • To perform some basic injections for the treatment of face pain and headache
  • To delineate causes and treatments of face pain
  • To perform basic musculoskeletal and neurological examination of patients presenting with face pain and/or headache
  • Using the appropriate treatment options for persistent orofacial muscle pain
  • To comprehend the relation between headache and face pain and its clinical implications
  • Target Audiences
    Physicians and General Dental Practitioners