He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, completed his neurology residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and was a fellow in neuroepidemiology at Columbia University. Dr. Lipton is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Lipton is a Past President of the American Headache Society (AHS), an associate editor of Cephalalgia and is on the editorial boards of several journals, including Neurology.
He has published more than 400 original articles and reviews, as well as six books. He is a three-time recipient of the H.G. Wolff Award for excellence in headache research from the American Headache Society and is a recipient of the Medical Book Award from the British Medical Association. He is a co-editor of several editions of Wolff's Headache and Other Head Pain.