R. Allan Purdy MD, FRCPC, is Professor of Medicine (Neurology) at Dalhousie University. He was Professor and Head of the Department of Medicine, and Chief of the Medicine Service of the Department of Medicine at Dalhousie and Capital Health from 2005 to June of 2011. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, and was elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 2008. He previously was the Professor and Head of Neurology at Dalhousie from 1994 to 2006. He is a Fellow of the American Headache Society and is the current Past-President of the American Headache Society.
Dr. Purdy is Past - President of the Canadian Headache Society. He is the Chair of the Education Committee of the International Headache Society and is on the Board of Directors of the both Societies. He directs headache educational courses worldwide, and has received Excellence in Teaching Awards on many occasions. He has been involved in guideline develop for the treatment of migraine and has been involved in clinical research in migraine and has several publications.
He is co-editor of Advanced Therapy of Headache and co-author of Headache Pocket Clinician 2010 from Cambridge University Press. In 2005 he received the Arnold P. Friedman Distinguished Clinician Research Award from the American Headache Society for outstanding contribution to the field of headache, and the 2007 Life Time Achievement Award from the Headache Cooperative of New England. He has been on the Editorial Board of Cephalalgia and is currently an Associate Editor for Headache. He is the 2018 recipient of the John R. Graham Lecture Award from the American Headache Society for international leadership in research and education in the field of headache. In 2019 he received the John Edmeads Award from the Canadian Headache Society for his work in the field of headache and resident education in Canada.