Michael Sowell, M.D.

Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics

Director, University of Louisville Child Neurology Residency Program
Director, Medical Student Education in Neurology
Director, University of Louisville Comprehensive Headache Program

Room 113A, A Bldg., HSC (502) 852-7981

Dr. Sowell joined the faculty full-time in 2002 and currently serves as Director of the University of Louisville Comprehensive Headache Program, Director of Medical Student Education in Neurology and Director of the Child Neurology Residency Program. The Headache Program was established in 2002 and is the only academic program of its kind in Kentucky to serve the needs of patient care, teaching and research in the field of headache. The Child Neurology Residency program is the first training program for child neurology at the University of Louisville, and was established by Dr. Sowell in 2005. Dr. Sowell’s medical student education responsibilities include serving as Director of the required Clerkship in Neurology for all fourth-year medical students and Co-Director of the Clinical Neurosciences Course for the second-year medical students. Dr. Sowell is Board-certified in Neurology with special qualification in child neurology.

Dr. Sowell completed medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1987. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas/Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 1990. He then completed a residency-fellowship in Neurology (Child) at Washington University in St. Louis (Barnes Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospitals) in 1993. He is board-certified in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology and board-certified in Headache Medicine.


University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, MD 1987
Southern Methodist University, BA (Chemistry)/BA (Psychology) 1983, cum laude


Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1987-1990
Neurology and Child Neurology, Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes-Jewish Complex and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, 1990-1993

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology, 1994, 2004
United Council of Neurological Subspecialties; Headache Medicine 2010
Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure #29570

Clinical Interests

Headache, Migraine, Cluster, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Facial Pain, Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussion

Research Interests

Dr. Sowell is interested in headache, facial pain, traumatic brain injury, concussion and other headache disorders, both in the adult population and the pediatric population.

Selected Publications

Hershey A.D., Powers S.W., Nelson T.D., Kabbouche M.A., Winner P, Yonker M, Linder S.L., Bicknese A., Sowell M.K., McClintock W. and the American Headache Society Pediatric Adolescent Section: “Obesity in the Pediatric Headache Population: A Multi-Center Study”, Headache 2009;49:170-177

Sowell M.K., Plato B.M.: Oral Levetiracetam as a Transitional Medication in Medication Overuse Headache: A Retrospective Review, Headache and Pain 18(3): 42-57, 2007.

Lewis D.W., Yonker M., Winner P. and Sowell, M.K.: The Treatment of Pediatric Migraine. Pediatric Annals. 34 (6): 448-460, 2005.