Susan L. Hutchinson, MD

Susan L. Hutchinson, MD

Director, Orange County Migraine & Headache Center
Volunteer Clinical Faculty, UC Irvine Department of Family Medicine
Irvine, CA

Susan L. Hutchinson, MD, is board certified in Family Medicine and has a subspecialty in Headache. She is Director and Founder of Orange County Migraine & Headache Center in Irvine, CA. She is also on the Volunteer Faculty Department in the Department of Family Medicine at UC-Irvine Medical Center and loves teaching 3rd year Family Medicine Residents who rotate with her in her office. She concentrates on the management of migraine and mood disorders with a special interest in the relationship of both conditions to hormones. Dr. Hutchinson is a national speaker on both migraine and depression and was awarded the National Headache Foundation Lectureship Award in February 2003 in recognition of her contribution to headache education. She was selected as a Physician of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association in January 2007. She served as Chair of the Women’s Issues Section of American Headache Society (AHS) from 2005-2010 and is on the board of the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific (HCOP); she is a Past-President of the Orange County Chapter of the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP). In recent years, she has co-authored numerous journal articles and chapters on the subject of migraine. In 2013, Dr. Hutchinson wrote and published her first book “The Woman’s Guide to Managing Migraine” to be used as a resource for female migraine sufferers.

To celebrate turning 60, Dr. Hutchinson participated in a 1/2 Ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) competition in San Diego. She placed 1st in her age group and will be participating in the National 1/2 Ironman Competition in Chattanooga, TN this September. In addition to triathlons, she enjoys playing golf.

Dr. Hutchinson has been involved with Primary Care Network from the very beginning, helping PCN to create quality CME content and educating her peers on various therapeutic areas like migraine, depression, and women’s health issues.

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I am both a headache specialist and a migraine sufferer. I know first-hand the disabling and unpredictable nature of migraine attacks. The driving passion in my life is to alleviate the suffering of migraine in patient’s lives and to help give them their life back.