Jan Lewis Brandes, MD, MS, joined the Board of the National Headache Foundation in October, 2010. She holds an appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Brandes is the Director and Founder of the Nashville Neuroscience Group which became part of Saint Thomas Health Services in October, 2009. She also served as Associate Professor and Pre-Clinical Curriculum, Department of Neurology, at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, Illinois, from 2008 through 2009.
Doctor Brandes graduated cum laude from the Mississippi University of Women in Columbus, Mississippi, and earned an M.S. in Microbiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee. She then attended the Robert Koch Institute of Virology, Free University, in Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany, as a Fulbright Scholar. She received her M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Brandes remained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she served as chief resident in neurology. She is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the National Board for Certification in Headache Management. She received certification in Headache Medicine from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. Dr. Brandes is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society.
She has been active in clinical trials for more than 20 years, serving as the principal or co-principal investigator in more than 90 studies, primarily examining issues in migraine including acute treatment, prophylaxis and menstrual migraine. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals including JAMA, Cephalalgia, Headache, Neurology, and Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Doctor Brandes is a well-known lecturer in headache issues, particularly in hormone-related headaches.
In addition to her service for the NHF, she is a Sustainer of the Junior League of Nashville, and is an Advisory Member of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Opera. Doctor Brandes lives in Nashville, and has two sons, George and Avery.