Samantha Irwin, MB BCh, MS, FRCPC

Pediatric neurologist and headache specialist

Dr. Samantha Irwin is a pediatric neurologist who specializes in caring for children and adolescents with headache disorders. These include migraine, new daily persistent headache, tension-type headache and the trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, a condition characterized by relatively short bouts of pain and other symptoms on one side of the head.

Irwin also treats pediatric patients with concussions and post-traumatic headache.

Irwin's research focuses on clinical trials evaluating potential new treatments for headache disorders in children and adolescents. In addition to medication trials, she is investigating the role of structured exercise as part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to treating pediatric headaches.

Irwin earned a bachelor's degree in neuroscience at Dalhousie University and a master's degree in neuropsychology at Maastricht University. She earned her medical degree at the School of Medicine Trinity College Dublin. She then completed a residency in pediatric neurology at the University of Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, followed by a fellowship in headache neurology at UCSF.

Irwin belongs to the American Academy of Neurology, Child Neurology Society, American Headache Society, Canadian Headache Society, International Headache Academy and International Child Neurology Association.

A native of Toronto, Irwin moved to San Francisco in 2016. She has embraced the Bay Area's many opportunities for travel, adventure and sport, and has become a San Francisco Giants fan.


Child and Adolescent Headache Program
1825 Fourth St., 5th Floor, 5A
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 502-1914
Fax: (415) 353-2400

Child and Adolescent Neurology Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5A
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-7596
Fax: (415) 353-2400

Sports Concussion Program
1500 Owens St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-1915
Fax: (415) 514-6075

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More about Samantha Irwin


Dalhousie University, BS, Neuroscience 2006
Maastricht University, MS, Neuropsychology 2007
School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin 2012


Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Pediatric Neurology 2017


UCSF, Headache Neurology 2018