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Dr. Serena Orr, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Pronouns: she/her


Assistant Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences

Assistant Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Clinical Neurosciences | Neurology

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Faculty of Arts , Department of Psychology

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Full Member

Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Contact information


Areas of Research

Determinants of Health
Health Outcomes

Dr. Serena Orr is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Community Health Sciences, and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary and an attending Pediatric Neurologist at the Alberta Children's Hospital. She is a clinician-scientist and is Principal Investigator of the Pediatric Headache Research Lab ( She also directs the Pediatric Headache Program in the Section of Neurology at ACH. Her main research interest is in furthering our understanding of migraine in children and adolescents. Specifically, she is interested in improving our knowledge of how to optimize acute migraine treatment, both at home and in the emergency department. She leads clinical trials and is interested in novel neuromodulation and technology-based solutions for treating migraine. Dr. Orr is also interested in the relationship between migraine and mental health (i.e. symptoms of anxiety and depression) and in how this relationship may help us to better understand migraine etiology and biology.

Participation in university strategic initiatives


  • Department of Pediatrics Rising Star Award, Cumming School of Medicine. 2023
  • Pediatric Postgraduate Medical Education Clinical Teacher Recognition (2016-2021) Gold Lego Award, Cumming School of Medicine. 2022
  • American Academy of Neurology Emerging Leaders Program , American Academy of Neurology. 2023
  • Haslam Pediatric Neurology Teaching Award, Haslam Chair in Pediatric Neurology. 2021
  • American Headache Society Emerging Leaders Program , American Headache Society. 2020