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Catherine B Ham, MD

Catherine B Ham, MD

out of 5
302 Ratings
49 Comments

Specialty

Neurology

Department

Neurology

Locations

Short Pump Pavilion

11958 West Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233
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Education

Medical School

VCU School of Medicine

Internship

VCU Medical Center

Residency

VCU Medical Center

Fellowship

VCU Medical Center

Biography

Carrie Ham, MD

Bringing relief to long-time headache sufferers
When the VCU Health Headache Clinic opened in 2016, Dr. Carrie Ham learned quickly that it was filling a major need in helping people live better lives. Headaches are often under-diagnosed yet dramatically interfere with daily life. As the only facility of its kind in central Virginia, the Headache Clinic is part of the Short Pump Pavilion, open to patients from around the region.

“We often treat patients who drive three-plus hours to see us, but they are willing to do it given the tremendous impact that these headaches and conditions have on their lives,” says Dr. Ham, a neurologist who specializes in treating headaches and related pain. At the Headache Clinic, she and her team locate the triggers that cause a patient to react with pain, then develop a tailored treatment plan for each person. 

“When patients first come to see me, they’ve often been suffering for some time. Headaches are very difficult to get perspective on, as they are literally ‘in your head,’” Dr. Ham says. “Many patients have anxiety and feelings of guilt at letting loved ones down due to illness. It is always hard to see that suffering, but it is awesome to be able to provide hope that things will get better with the appropriate care.”

Headaches cause sufferers to withdraw from many things they generally enjoy. In fact, headaches are the second most-disabling condition in the world, and the level of pain and related symptoms aren’t always obvious to others. The most common conditions that Dr. Ham treats are migraine headaches, tension-type headaches, neck and facial pain, and post-traumatic headaches, which include concussions. She treats men and women ages 18 and older.

At the first visit, patients can expect a thorough exam, including sharing a comprehensive health history. Depending on the symptoms and possible diagnosis, Dr. Ham and her team might order X-rays or MRI imaging or blood tests – all of which can be done on-site at the N.O.W. Center. 

Most importantly, patients often start their treatment at that initial appointment. And never have so many options been available to care for patients with headaches and related conditions. 

“It’s a very exciting time to be a headache specialist, as we have many new options – including monoclonal antibodies – that have revolutionized how we understand what causes migraines,” Dr. Ham says. When VCU Health first began offering CGRP antibodies in the mid-2018, the response was overwhelming. People were lined up waiting for this injectable medication, which is revolutionary for reducing the actual number of migraines that might occur, rather than treating symptoms after a headache already has occurred.

“People no longer have to suffer in silence,” she says. “We have many excellence therapies and treatments. Most patients have tremendous benefits over the time we provide care.”

In addition to traditional medications, the Headache Center team has expert training for specialty procedures, including nerve blocks and Onabotulinum toxin injections. The on-site infusion center offers convenient treatment for patients who might benefit from intravenous therapy. Because the N.O.W. Center takes an interdisciplinary focus on helping patients to move, the clinic also provides for physical and occupational therapy, which allows for tailored care to address underlying causes of head pain.

“I became a physician because it allows me to play a positive role in others’ lives,” she says. “I’m grateful for this opportunity every day. Most of all, I enjoy seeing patients reengage with the things they love as they feel better.”

After hours, Dr. Ham enjoys jogging along the James River with her dogs (both Samoyed breeds) and playing tennis.

Clinical and Research Interests

Electromyography, onabotulinum toxin as a migraine treatment, occipital nerve blocks

 

Ratings & Reviews

302 Ratings
49 Comments

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Always friendly & professional.
May 2022
Dr Ham is and always has been the finest Doctor I have ever had the pleasure of knowing!
April 2022
Dr. Ham is the best part of VCU neurology. There was a mix up w/benefits for botox. She got my auth approved in less than 24 hours so I wouldn't have to cancel my appointment. Great patient care!
April 2022
I've been in treatment for my condition for over 40 years, she understood and listened w/what I know doesn't work for me, but disagreed w/me what I know works. Said she doesn't prescribe the medication I take and I would have to see my primary care doctor - who says I have to see a specialist - which is her. That was frustrating was told to see a pain management person.
March 2022
Best provider ever for my condition
February 2022
She was very informative and caring. I feel like she actually cares about helping her patients.
February 2022
Dr. Ham has a very good bed side manner, I love that she shows her personality
October 2021
Dr. Ham is a very thorough and caring doctor.
October 2021
Provider listens closely and addresses my concerns.
July 2021
Dr. Ham is great and I could not be happier to have her as a provider.
July 2021
Dr. Ham was very thorough, caring and knowledgeable. I left the appointment very happy with the care provided and recommendations for medication changes.
July 2021
Very personable, friendly, easy to speak with.
July 2021
I love Dr Ham and would recommend her to any migraine sufferer
June 2021
Honestly, we have very limited interaction as it is always a rushed visit. But I need the Botox for my migraines.
June 2021
Only reason I wouldn't recommend her is b/c it would be harder to get in to see her! I can't live w/out her.
June 2021
Scheduling issue not the provider's fault, the was professional and compassionate.
June 2021
I hope to always have Dr. Ham as my neurologist.
June 2021
she was very understanding and listened to me. she helped me create a great treatment plan
May 2021
good
May 2021
provider very helpful and polite answer any questions I have
May 2021
great
May 2021
Amazing! Kind, compassionate, knowledgeable, prompt and a great dr.
April 2021
Dr. Ham is the best. Never had a bad experience with Dr. Ham.
April 2021
Dr. always very good at including information on any new possibilities.
March 2021
Very good - Dr. Ham is a treasure for migraine patients.
March 2021
Dr. Ham always takes time to explain & answer all my concerns & questions.
March 2021
Understand the reasons provider can't spend more time with patients. Still, far from enough.
February 2021
I thought that Dr. Ham did a good job treating me and did a good job administering the nerve blocks.
October 2020
She is very good but I have a hard problem to correct. We are working on it.
September 2020
Dr. Ham is the best provider experience I have ever had.
September 2020
Dr. Ham is a great doctor!
September 2020
Dr. Ham is empathetic and warm, and shared potential lifestyle factors I could modify to help with a current issue I'm having instead of writing off my concerns. Her knowledge and her care made a difference for me.
August 2020
Well done, Dr. Ham!
August 2020
Dr Ham was caring and concise, which has been my experience with her in the past.
August 2020
Dr. Ham is amazing and really does care for her patients.
July 2020
I was very happy with my care and I am hopeful that the injection that I received will help my headache and facial pain.
July 2020
Dr. Ham is attentive,, knowledgeable, takes my questions/concerns into consideration, and takes time to explain and ensure I'm comfortable.
July 2020
Dr. Ham always takes her time to listen any concerns I may have.
July 2020
My first time meeting Dr Ham & I was very impressed & pleased by her competence, knowledge, kindness, & professionalism.
June 2020
Have great confidence in Dr. Ham and her care. Couldn't ask for a more concerned, involved physician.
June 2020
Dr. Ham is an excellent doctor! She cares for all her patients and I will recommend her to anyone!
June 2020
I like that Dr. Ham presented various treatment/Rx options and helped me decide. Great!
June 2020
I love having Dr. Ham as my physician for migraines. Please do anything you can to keep her for a long time!
May 2020
Dr Ham is very knowledgeable (informing her competence), calm & pleasant. I been seeing her for a few years now & my confidence in her treatment is well-placed.
April 2020
Have recommended to many.
April 2020
Dr Ham is great!
March 2020
Dr. Ham is always busy, but still takes ample time to talk with me and to answer any questions. I am always glad to see her.
March 2020
New treatments are on the market and Dr. Ham is fully versed on all of them.
December 2019
Dr. Ham is a God send!
December 2019