Ana Recober, MD

Ana Recober, MD

Ana Recober, MD, is a neurologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia specializing in the care of adolescents and young adults.

Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)


Ana Recober, MD, is an attending physician and scientist with an interest in Headache Medicine. She is board certified in headache medicine, neurology and psychiatry. Her clinic practice is dedicated to headache diagnosis and management, with a focus in adolescents and young adults. 

Dr. Recober also runs an active research program that includes both clinical and basic research. Her laboratory is dedicated to elucidate the molecular basis of migraine and other headache disorders, with the final goal of finding better treatments for headache patients.

Dr. Recober earned her medical degree at the University of Malaga Medical School, Malaga, Spain. She completed her residency in neurology, and a fellowship in headache medicine at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Málaga Medical School, Málaga, Spain


Neurology - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


Headache and Pain - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Board Certification

Psychiatry and Neurology

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Neurobiology of migraine and other trigeminal mediated pain disorders
Molecular basis of trigeminal pain disorders
Mechanisms of migraine progression from episodic to chronic




Rossi HL, Recober A. Photophobia in primary headaches. Headache. 2015;55(4):600-604.


Dindo L, Recober A, Marchman J, O’Hara M, Turvey C. Impact of a One-Day Behavioral Intervention on Headaches: A Pilot Study in Depressed Migraine Patients. (revision submitted to Headache).

Rossi HL, Luu KS, DeVilbiss JL, Recober A. Obesity lowers the threshold of trigeminal activation: Implications for migraine. Eur J Pain. 2013 May;17(5):649-653. [Epub Oct 2012] (PMID: 23070979)

Rossi HL, Luu KS, Kothari SD, Kuburas A, Neubert JK, Caudle RM, Recober A. Effects of diet-induced obesity on motivation and pain behavior in an operant assay. Neuroscience. 2013 Apr;235:87-95. (PMID: 23333672)


Kaiser E, Kuburas A, Recober A, Russo AF. Modulation of CGRP-induced light aversion in wildtype mice by a 5HT1B/D agonist. J Neurosci. 2012 Oct;32(44):15439-15449. (PMID: 23115181)

Dindo L, Recober A, Marchman J, Turvey C, O’Hara M. One day behavioral treatment for patients with comorbid depression and migraine: A pilot study. Behaviour Research and Therapy. 2012 May;50(9):537-543. (PMID: 22728646)



Recober A, Kruger J, Hoang-Tienor A, Burns T. Cardiovascular Profile and the Risk of Migraine in Adulthood”. International Headache Congress Platform presentation # OR25, Boston, MA (2013).

Recober A, Luu AS, Rossi H, Kothari S, Lara O. Trigeminal Pain is Increased by High-Fat Diet Induced Obesity in Mice. International Headache Congress Abstract #P309, Boston, MA (2013).

Recober A, Luu AS, Rossi H, Kothari S, Lara O. Photophobia in Obese Mice: Implications for Migraine. International Headache Congress Abstract #P318, Boston, MA (2013).




Russo AF, Recober A, Zhang Z, Marquez de Prado B, Kaiser E, Kuburas A. Biological relevance of CGRP in the context of migraine. In Frontiers in Headache Research, vol. 18, Role of calcitonin generelated peptide (CGRP) and adrenomedullin (AM) in migraine; ed: Jes Olesen. Oxford University Press.

Awards and Honors

2013, Best Doctors in America
2012, The University of Iowa 2012 Inventor Award
2010, Harold Wolff-John Graham Award: An Award for Headache/Facial Pain Research American Academy of Neurology, Toronto, Canada
2009-2014, K08 – Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award NIH/NINDS
2007-2009, Training Grant in Pain Research, University of Iowa
2007, Young Investigator Award, 6th International Symposium on the CGRP Family
2004, Richard W. Fincham Award, University of Iowa
2002, Resident Travel Award, American Headache Society
1996, Medical Student Research Scholarship, University of Málaga Medical School
1996, Summer Visiting Student Scholarship, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
1995-1997, Alumna Interna, University of Malaga Medical School
1994, Summer Visiting Student Scholarship, International Federation of Medical Student Associations
1991-1996, Elected Council Member, University of Málaga Medical School

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial positions

2012-present, F1000 Research, Editorial Board member
2010-present, Co-Editor, Headache News of the American Headache Society
2010-present, Online Editorial Board Member, Headache 

Ad Hoc reviewer

2013-present, Psychoneuroendocrinology
2013-present, The International Journal of Neuroscience
2012-present, PLoS ONE
2011-present, Behavioural Brain Research
2010-present, Pharmaceuticals
2008-present, Headache
2008-present, Faculty member of Faculty of 1000 Medicine (reviewer)
2008-present, Cephalalgia

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in professional organizations

American Academy of Neurology
American Headache Society
Headache Cooperative of the Pacific
International Headache Society
National Headache Foundation
Society for Neuroscience