Dr Christina Sun-Edelstein

Dr Christina Sun-Edelstein

Dr Christina Sun-Edelstein

Neurologist & Headache Specialist

Dr Christina Sun-Edelstein MD FRACP is a neurologist with subspecialty training and expertise in Headache Neurology. She completed her neurology training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and later a headache fellowship at St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital’s Headache Institute. Prior to relocating to Australia in 2009 she worked at the New York Headache Center. She is currently a consultant at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and runs the Headache Clinic there. Her clinical practice is solely focused on Headache and she has 15+ years of experience managing patients with complex headache disorders.

Christina has received awards from the Headache Cooperative of New England, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society. She has published numerous articles in medical journals including Cephalalgia, Headache and Current Pain and Headache Reports and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for peer-reviewed journals. She has also co-authored several headache topics in the online medical reference UpToDate® as well chapters in headache textbooks, most recently the Oxford Textbook of Headache Syndromes.

Christina is actively involved in numerous headache education and outreach projects aimed at increasing awareness of headache disorders and improving treatment and quality of life for patients with headaches. She has lectured on migraine management and other headache-related topics at GP conferences and in patient-targeted forums such as Migraine & Headache Awareness Week. Christina also presents regularly at Australia/NZ Headache Society (ANZHS) conferences.

Please note that Christina does not see patients for the purposes of worker’s compensation or TAC related claims.


  • Sun-Edelstein C, Rapoport AM, Rattanawong W, Srikiatkhachorn A. The evolution of medication overuse headache: history, pathophysiology and clinical update. CNS Drugs 2021; 35(5): 545-65.
  • Gunasekera L, Akhlaghi H, Sun-Edelstein C et al. Overuse of opioids for acute migraine in an Australian emergency department. Emerg Med Australas 2020 Oct; 32(5):763.
  • Thorlund K, Sun-Edelstein C, Druyts E, Kanters S, Ebrahim S, Bhambri R, Ramos E, Mills EJ, Lanteri-Minet M, Tepper S. Risk of medication overuse headache across classes of treatments for acute migraine. J Headache Pain 2016; 17(1):107.
  • Sun-Edelstein C, Rapoport A. Update on the pharmacological management of chronic migraine. Curr Pain Headache Rep 2016; 20(1):6.
  • Sun-Edelstein C. Case 4- Emma has headaches with arm tingling and numbness. check Independent Learning Program for GPs: Head pain. August 2014; Unit 508, 16-20.
  • Sun-Edelstein C. Case 1- Anne has persistent headaches. check Independent Learning Program for GPs: Neurology. August 2013; Unit 497, 3-5.
  • Sun-Edelstein C, Mauskop A. Complementary and alternative approaches to the treatment of tension-type headache. Curr Pain Headache Rep 2012; 16: 539-44.
  • Tepper SJ, Shapiro RE, Sun-Edelstein C, Evans RW, Tietjen GE. Triptans and serotonin syndrome- a response. Headache 2012; 52: 1185-8.
  • Sun-Edelstein C, Mauskop A. Alternative headache treatments: nutraceuticals, behavioral and physical treatments. Headache 2011; 51: 469-83.
  • Evans R, Tepper S, Shapiro R, Sun-Edelstein C, Tietjen G. The FDA alert on serotonin syndrome with use of triptans combined with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors: American Headache Society Position Paper. Headache 2010; 50: 1089-99.
  • Sun-Edelstein C, Mauskop A. Foods and supplements in the management of migraine
headaches. Clin J Pain 2009; 25:446-52.
  • Sun-Edelstein C, Bigal ME, Rapoport AM. Chronic migraine and medication-overuse headache: clarifying the current International Headache Society classification criteria. Cephalalgia 2009; 29: 445-452.
  • Sun-Edelstein C, Mauskop A. Role of magnesium in the pathogenesis and treatment of migraine. Exp Rev Neurother 2009; 9: 369-79.
  • Sun-Edelstein C, Rapoport AM. Emerging Treatments in Headache. In: Future Directions in Neurology. Touch Briefings 2008.
  • Sun-Edelstein C, Mauskop A. Complementary and alternative approaches to the treatment of tension-type headache. Curr Pain Headache Rep 2008; 12: 447-50.
  • Sun-Edelstein C, Tepper S, Shapiro R. Drug-induced serotonin syndrome: a review. Expert Opin Drug Saf 2008; 7: 587-96.
  • Broner S, Sun C, Lay C. Cluster headache in women. Curr Pain Headache Rep 2007; 11:127-30.
  • Evans RW, Sun C, Lay C. Alcohol hangover headache. Headache 2007; 47: 277-9.
  • Sun C, Lay CL, Broner SW, Tepper S, Silberstein S, Newman L. Reversible anorgasmia with topiramate therapy for headache: a report of 7 cases. Headache 2006;46:1450-3.
  • Sun C, Rapoport AM. New treatment strategies for migraine prevention. US Neurological Disease 2006.
  • Sun CK, Mercuri VM, Cook MJ. Eagle syndrome: an unusual cause of head and neck pain. Arch Neurol 2006; 63: 294-5.
  • Tagliati M, Shils J, Sun C, Alderman R. Deep brain stimulation for dystonia. Expert Rev Medical Devices 2004. 1(1): 33-41.