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Elizabeth Loder

Elizabeth Loder received an undergraduate biology degree from Harvard College, studied medicine at the University of North Dakota and received a masters degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked as a clinician and researcher in headache medicine since completing a fellowship in the discipline in 1990. She currently divides her time between her position as a clinical editor at The BMJ and duties as the chief of the Division of Headache and Pain in the Department of Neurology at the Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals in Boston. She is a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Competing interests

© I have the following interests to declare:


My husband is a partner in the law firm of Ropes & Gray. This is a large firm with offices around the world. It represents clients in the healthcare field, including academic medical centers, pharmaceutical and device companies as well as companies that invest in medical businesses. My husband’s work does not involve healthcare.


I am employed by the Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization in Boston and receive salary in exchange for patient care and administrative services at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. BWH is part of the Partners Healthcare Network, which includes Massachusetts General Hospital and other healthcare entities in the greater Boston area. Many of my co-workers are involved in research and receive government, industry and NGO grants. Many submit papers to The BMJ.

Unpaid positions (current)

Board of directors, Headache Cooperative of New England
Clinical Trials Subcommittee, International Headache Society
Member, examination writing committee for the Headache Medicine examination, overseen by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties