Michael K. Sowell, M.D. health care provider in Louisville, KY for Neurology, Comprehensive Headache Program, Restorative Neuroscience, Headache Treatment Program

Michael K. Sowell, M.D.

Neurology, Comprehensive Headache Program, UofL Health – Brain & Spine Institute, Headache Treatment Program, Stroke
Areas of Interest

Facial Pain | Headaches | Neurology | Postconcussion Syndrome | Pseudotumor Cerebri | Stroke

Primary Practice Location
UofL Physicians – Neurology
UofL Health – Brain & Spine Institute
UofL Health – Chestnut Street Outpatient Center
401 East Chestnut Street, Suite 510
Louisville, KY 40202
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Overall Rating
4.4 out of 5
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Michael K. Sowell, M.D.

Michael K. Sowell, M.D., joined the University of Louisville School of Medicine faculty full-time in 2002 and founded the UofL Physicians - Comprehensive Headache Program, of which he serves as director. In 2005, he also established and is director of the Child Neurology Residency Program. The Headache Program is the first Academic Headache Medicine Program of its kind in Kentucky to serve the needs of patient care, teaching, research and community service in the field of headache medicine, serving both the pediatric and adult age groups. The Child Neurology Residency Program is the first training program for child neurology at the University of Louisville. Dr. Sowell is board-certified in neurology with special qualification in child neurology, as well as, board-certified in headache medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American Headache Society since 2010, one of the first in the state of Kentucky. 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 for Medical Sciences and 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.

Education & Training

Southern Methodist University | TX | 1983
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences | Little Rock | 1987
Barnes Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospitals | Neurology/Child Neurology | St. Louis | 1993
Arkansas Children's Hospital | Pediatrics | Little Rock | 1990



Areas of Interest

Facial Pain | Headaches | Neurology | Postconcussion Syndrome | Pseudotumor Cerebri | Stroke

School of Medicine


Department of Neurology


"I respect each family's values, needs, cultures, resources and strengths. I strive to deliver the highest quality of care by successfully blending patient care, education and by employing state of the art knowledge and practices. My main function is to enable individuals to optimize their own health."

Patient Comments

Apr 25, 2024

5 out of 5
Excellent provider (Dr. Michael Sowell). He listened to what I had to say and responded with confirmation and asked questions as needed. I always felt that he was talking with me and not "down" to me.

Apr 21, 2024

4.96 out of 5
Dr. Sowell is one of my favorite specialists; He's been so understanding about my inability to try more expensive migraine meds. Dr. Sowell has helped me get the best result with the triptans I can afford for my migraines.

Mar 2, 2024

4.8 out of 5
Dr. Sowell has been my provider for several years. He has been consistently knowledgeable, helpful, and kind.

Jan 28, 2024

1.8 out of 5
Dr. Sowell was very condescending. He has horrible bedside manner. He rolled his eyes or looked off when talking to me. Didn't take into consideration my previous diagnosis but maybe he didn't have those notes in my records. May have built in biases. Lack's compassion & empathy.

Jan 28, 2024

5 out of 5
Dr. Sowell is a wonderful doctor. He has worked over time to help me reach good management with my headaches. He is very knowledgable and compassionate. So glad that he is part of preparing new generations of physicians.

Dec 24, 2023

5 out of 5
Dr. Sowell and his staff are excellent. He is never in a hurry to get you out of the room, does a through exam and answers all questions .

Oct 16, 2023

5 out of 5
Dr. Sowell and his student were quick to come in and answer all my questions. They were very patient going over my concerns.

Oct 7, 2023

4.56 out of 5
Thank you very much for all of you. You guys do good job.

Oct 5, 2023

5 out of 5
As always Dr Sowell was thorough and polite as were his associates.

Aug 28, 2023

5 out of 5
Dr. Sowell was extremely kind, considerate, and professional. Additionally, he gave me hope that answers can be found for my issues.

Jun 23, 2023

3.08 out of 5
I feel frustrated by my care routine, and that my provider doesn't listen to my concerns. I had additional concerns this time which must not have been important because no one addressed them directly? I'm re-trying a medication I've been on three times in the past. Is this the best approach? When he told me to go to ER as my next step I felt very disconnected from my doctor and who I thought was my next step during a migraine episode. So, although I thought I presented my concerns about my health, it will take another 3 months to see if anything changes again. I understand having residents & students, and I welcome that, but then he needs to at least read the information to know what's going on when he joins us. I was frustrated before my visit because I'm still having daily headaches. Then during a cyclical episode, no one was available for help for over a week via phone. Hence the ER reference. I appreciate the positive steps we have taken, and Dr Sowell generally seems to be a nice person.

Jun 4, 2023

5 out of 5
I was pleased with Dr Sowell and have been following his lectures on utube and his links he suggested to watch for information. I enjoyed his mannerism. Straight forward to the point

May 31, 2023

5 out of 5
Dr Sowell is providing a safety net, connecting the dots of other medical care providers

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