Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Department of Neurology

Howard S. Derman, M.D.

Howard S. Derman, M.D.

Director, Houston Methodist Concussion Center
Director, Headache Clinic
Methodist Neurological Institute

Associate Professor of Neurology
 Weill Cornell Medical College

6560 Fannin Street, Suite 802
Houston, Texas 77030

Headache Clinic: 713-441-5077
Concussion Center: 713-441-8277


Dr. Howard S. Derman is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Weill Cornell Medical College and founding member of the Neurological Institute (NI) of Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. In Spring 2010, Derman and several colleagues at the Neurological Institute established the Houston Methodist Concussion Center. Derman is a concussion specialist for the Houston Dynamo and Houston Texans.

Derman received his B.S. degree from Syracuse University and his M.D. degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. After a one year medical internship at the University of Connecticut, he spent two years in Neurology training at Duke University Medical Center in Durham North, Carolina. He then served as the Chief Resident in Neurology at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Since 1979, Derman has been in active clinical practice in Neurology at Houston Methodist Hospital. He has a special interest in the treatment of migraine headaches, concussions and other pain syndromes affecting the nervous system. Derman’s research includes new approaches to treatment of headaches. He is also involved in several research projects which include both the causes of concussions and programs to get athletes to return to play.

Clinical Expertise:

  • Back & neck pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Electromyography
  • Epilepsy
  • Concussion
  • Headaches
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Parkinson’s disease

Research Interests:

Diagnosis and treatments of concussions.

Education & Training

M.D. Rush Medical College
Neurology Residency, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX
Clinical Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX

Board Certification:

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Peer Reviewed Articles:

  • Why we who we are: A survey based investigation. Pankaj Satija, MD, Monika Ummat, MD, Howard Derman MD. American Neurological Institute annual meeting, Baltimore, DC – Sept 2009
  • A subanesthetic, short duration protocol of ketamine infusion for refactory pain syndrome. Pankaj Satija, MD Howard Derman, MD. America Society of Regional Anesthesia annual meeting. Phoenix, AZ – May 2009
  • Height restoration with Kyphoplasty: Is It for real? Pankaj Satija, MD, Howard Derman MD, Hani Haykal, MD American Pain Society annual meeting, May 2009.
  • An unusual case of Proximal Muscle weakness with B/L winging of the scapula. Pankaj Satija, MD., Howard Derman, MD. Carrel krusen neuromuscular conference, Dallas, February 2009.
  • Great Occipital Nerve Block: a Useful Tool in Chronic Daily Headache”. Pankaj Satija, MD, Howard Derman, MD., Hani Haykal, MD. Presented at American Academy of Pain Medicine 25th Annual Meeting, January 2009.
  • “Headache” Pankaj Satija, MD, Howard Derman, MD. Book chapter in Neurology Secrets, 7th edition. (In press).

Book Chapters and Reviews:

  • Derman H. Book Chapter: Headaches  (Editor: L Rolak) Neurology Secrets, 2008, 5th Edition, Hanley & Belfus
  • Derman H. Headaches In: Neurology Secrets, Eds. L. Rolak. Hanley & Belfus, Inc., 3rd Ed, 2002.