Melissa Rayhill

Melissa L. Rayhill

Melissa L. Rayhill MD, FAHS, FAAN

UBMD Neurology


Headache; Neurology

Not accepting new patients

Professional Summary:

I am a neurologist specializing in treating patients who experience headache, migraine, cluster headache and post-traumatic headache. I also care for patients who experience headache during pregnancy and lactation. I use a mixture of lifestyle modification and medications to address my patients’ conditions. I am also experienced in botulinum toxin injections and nerve block injections.

After completing my residency, I obtained further specialty training in headache medicine at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Practicing in Boston’s original City Hospital has equipped me with a wealth of experience and expertise in caring for individuals from diverse cultures and economic backgrounds. I currently see patients at both Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) outpatient neurology clinics as well as the UBMD Neurology Main Street clinic in Williamsville, where I continue to care for patients who come from diverse backgrounds. I feel privileged to practice with the UBMD practice plan; the opportunity affords me the clinical time to understand my patients’ individual needs and provide them with the best treatment solutions. I also care for adult inpatients with a wide variety of neurological diseases at BGMC and work as part of a team to provide consultation and inpatient management.
My research interests largely mirror my clinical interests, but also include evaluating research integrity in the medical literature.

I am the Adult Neurology Residency Program Director. It‘s the honor of my career to work with such dedicated and talented young physicians-- and I get to watch them grow. I love working with our medical students in the classroom, as well as inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. Mentoring the next generation of physicians, neurologists, and headache specialists is one of my major career aims.

My family and I feel fortunate to once again call Western New York home. My goal is to decrease the suffering of individuals in my community who suffer from disabling headaches.


Headache, Neurology

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Additional Languages:

Basic French, Basic Korean

Physician Gender:



UBMD Neurology Pediatric & General Neurology Clinic
UBMD Neurology at 5851 Main Street, Williamsville

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UBMD Neurology at Conventus
1001 Main Street
4th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: 716-932-6080 ext 201
Fax: 716-829-3010
Contact: Teresa Kennedy
Not accepting new patients

Board Certifications:

  • Board Certification, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Board Certification, United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Headache Medicine, Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women‘s Hospital (2015)
  • Residency, Neurology, Boston University Medical Center (2014)
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, Boston University Medical Center (2011)
  • MD, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Cum Laude (2010)
  • BA, Psychology, Biology Minor, Boston University, Magna Cum Laude (2005)

Awards and Honors:

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (2022)
  • SUNY Clinical Leadership Academy (2021)
  • Director Mentorship Leadership Program, American Academy of Neurology (2021)
  • “Top Doctor”, voted by peers, Buffalo Spree Magazine (2021)
  • Elected Secretary, New York State Neurological Society (2020)
  • Jacobs Faculty Educator Leadership program (2018)
  • Fellow of the American Headache Society (2016)
  • International Headache Academy at the National Institute of Health (2015)
  • Women in Leadership Forum, American Academy of Neurology (2015)
  • “Frontiers in Headache Research” Scholarship Award, American Headache Society (2014)
  • American Academy of Neurology: Medical Student Prize for Excellence (2010)
  • Inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society (2009)
  • Inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, peer nomination and faculty selection (2009)
  • Dean’s Letter of Commendation (2008)
  • John B. Sheffer Award: Excellence in Pathology (2008)
  • Dean’s Letter of Commendation (2007)
  • Graduate of Boston University’s Honors Program, Dean’s List (2005)

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician's research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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