Rebecca Erwin Wells, M.D., M.P.H.Wake Forest Baptist Health

Doctor Rating

4.6 out of 5

44 Ratings

Rebecca Erwin Wells, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor,

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Education & Training

  • B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2000
  • M.D., East Carolina University School of Medicine, 2004
  • M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, 2010
  • Internship, Univ Of Virginia Hospitals, 2005
  • Residency, Neurology, Univ Of Virginia Hospitals, 2008
  • Fellowship, Neurology, Harvard Medical School, 2011
  • Fellowship, Neurology, Harvard Medical School, 2012

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology

NPI Number

  • 1811101371
Rebecca Erwin Wells, M.D., M.P.H.

Doctor Rating

4.6 out of 5

44 Ratings

Rebecca Erwin Wells, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor, Neurology
Office of Women in Medicine and Science

Research Interests


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Academic: 336-716-2357 | Department: 336-716-4101

Recent Publications

Wells RE, Turner DP, Lee M, Bishop L, Strauss L. Managing migraine during pregnancy and lactation. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2016;16(4):40.

Zeidan F, Adler-Neal AL, Wells RE, Stagnaro E, May LM, Eisenach JC, McHaffie JG, Coghill RC. Mindfulness-meditation-based pain relief is not mediated by endogenous opioids. J Neurosci. 2016;36(11):3391-3397.

Lagergren ER, Bourean C, Wells R, Jaffe D, Russell G, Waters GS, Bohl JL. Effect of exparel TAP infiltration on postoperative outcomes in colorectal surgery [abstract]. In: Abstracts of the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Surgical Congress; 2016 Feb 20-23; Atlanta (GA). 2016;():P190.

Adler A, Wells R, Stagnaro E, Barber L, Porter A, Garcia K, Lee D, Kaleita A, Posey G, Cruikshank L, Strittmatter B, Nicolle M, Lichstein P, Eisenach J, McHaffie J, Coghill R, Zeidan F. Mindfulness meditation-induced pain relief does not require endogenous opioidergic systems [abstract]. J Pain. 2016;17(4 Suppl 1):S112.

Lehman K, Kumar N, Vu Q, Wells R. Harlequin syndrome in cluster headache. Headache. 2016;56(6):1053-1054.

Minen M, Lindberg K, Wells RE, Suzuki J, Grudzen C, Balcer L, Loder E. Survey of opioid and barbiturate use among patients evaluated in a headache clinic [abstract]. Headache. 2015;55(Suppl 3):135.

Minen MT, Lindberg K, Wells RE, Suzuki J, Grudzen C, Balcer L, Loder E. Survey of opioid and barbiturate prescriptions in patients attending a tertiary care headache center. Headache. 2015;55(9):1183-1191.

Smitherman TA, Wells RE, Ford SG. Emerging behavioral treatments for migraine. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2015;19(4):13.

Wayne PM, Walsh JN, Taylor-Piliae RE, Wells RE, Papp KV, Donovan NJ, Yeh GY. Effect of Tai Chi on cognitive performance in older adults: systematic review and meta-analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014;62(1):25-39.

Wells RE, Markowitz SY, Baron EP, Hentz JG, Kalidas K, Mathew PG, Halker R, Dodick DW, Schwedt TJ. Identifying the factors underlying discontinuation of triptans. Headache. 2014;54(2):278-289.

Wells RE, Smitherman TA, Seng EK, Houle TT, Loder EW. Behavioral and mind/body interventions in headache: unanswered questions and future research directions. Headache. 2014;54(6):1107-1113.

Mathew PG, Pavlovic JM, Lettich A, Wells RE, Robertson CE, Mullin K, Charleston L, Dodick DW, Schwedt TJ. Education and decision making at the time of triptan prescribing: patient expectations vs actual practice. Headache. 2014;54(4):698-708.

Wells RE, Burch R, Paulsen RH, Wayne PM, Houle TT, Loder E. Meditation for migraines: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Headache. 2014;54(9):1484-1495.

Wells RE, Kerr CE, Wolkin J, Dossett M, Davis RB, Walsh J, Wall RB, Kong J, Kaptchuk T, Press D, Phillips RS, Yeh G. Meditation for adults with mild cognitive impairment: a pilot randomized trial [letter]. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013;61(4):642-645.

Purohit MP, Wells RE, Zafonte RD, Davis RB, Phillips RS. Neuropsychiatric symptoms and the use of complementary and alternative medicine. PM R. 2013;5(1):24-31.

Burch R, Wells R. Pathophysiology of migraine [commentary]. Headache. 2013;53(2):420-422.

Wells RE, Yeh GY, Kerr CE, Wolkin J, Davis RB, Tan Y, Spaeth R, Wall RB, Walsh J, Kaptchuk TJ, Press D, Phillips RS, Kong J. Meditation's impact on default mode network and hippocampus in mild cognitive impairment: a pilot study. Neurosci Lett. 2013;556():15-19.

Wells RE, Burch R, Paulsen R, Wayne P, Aschenbrenner C, Houle TT, Eisenach JC, Loder E. Meditation for migraines: a pilot randomized controlled trial [abstract]. Cephalalgia. 2013;33(8 Suppl):96-97.

Wells RE, Loder E. Mind/Body and behavioral treatments: the evidence and approach. Headache. 2012;52(Suppl 2):70-75.

Bertisch SM, Wells RE, Smith MT, McCarthy EP. Use of relaxation techniques and complementary and alternative medicine by American adults with insomnia symptoms: results from a national survey. J Clin Sleep Med. 2012;8(6):681-691.

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Assistant Professor, Neurology

Rebecca Erwin Wells, M.D., M.P.H.

Rebecca Erwin Wells, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor, Neurology
Office of Women in Medicine and Science

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Doctor Rating

4.6 out of 5

Rebecca Erwin Wells, M.D., M.P.H.44 Ratings


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CP spoke using clear language
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*Dr. Wells is an amazing doctor. She truly cares about you. Goes above and beyond to make parent feel comforted and @ ease.


Very good.


*Dr. Wells is one of Wake Forest's finest physicians -


I intentionally took the time to complete this survey because of my recent visit with Dr. Rebecca Wells. I was absolutely blown away by the time that she took to thoughtfully ask historical questions, explain her hypothesis on my condition and next steps for improvement. She took one hour and ten minutes with me at my appointment. And I am so grateful. I already feel much better. This is one of those appointments that I truly think has changed my life. I cannot express my confidence and gratitude enough.


Great doc & intern. Lengthy wait.


Finally a doctor who took the time to spend and help with my problem I hope.


I cannot say enough good things about *Dr. Wells. She is a fantastic doctor who listens and really works to help find a solution to your problem.



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