Faculty Profile

Dr. Matthew S. Robbins, M.D.

Matthew S. Robbins, M.D.

Associate Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Critical Care)

Areas of Research: headache and pregnancy, headache procedures, new daily-persistent headache, unusual primary and secondary headache disorders, unusual forms of migraine aura, neurologic and headache education, social media

Professional Interests

Matthew S. Robbins, M.D. earned his B.S. from Yale University and his M.D. from SUNY-Downstate College of Medicine. He completed his neurology residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Medical Center, where he was also a chief resident and then a fellow in Headache Medicine at the Montefiore Headache Center.  He then joined the faculty at Montefiore-Einstein.

Dr. Robbins is currently an Associate Professor of Neurology, Chief of Neurology at the Jack D. Weiler Hospital of Montefiore, and Director of Inpatient Services for the Montefiore Headache Center.  For the neurology residency he is Associate Program Director and Director of the Residency Research Program.

He is a member of the International Headache Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society (AHS), where he is also a member-at-large on the Board of Directors, director of the national Resident Education Program, and past chair of the Procedural Headache Medicine section.  He reviews for many journals including Neurology, Cephalalgia, HeadacheCochrane Reviews, and the New England Journal of Medicine.  He is an associate editor for Headache where he also is the Resident and Fellow section co-editor, and a section editor for Current Pain and Headache Reports.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Neurological Society.  He has served as lead editor for the book Headache in the “Neurology In Practice” series, and has published widely on topics including headache procedures, headache in pregnancy and the elderly, new daily-persistent headache, unusual primary and secondary headache disorders, unusual forms of migraine aura, and neurologic education.  He has won awards including the Members’ Choice award for the best publication in the journal Headache, the Above and Beyond award from the American Headache Society, and an AB Baker Teacher Recognition Award from the American Academy of Neurology.

Selected Publications


A. Original Communications in Reviewed Journals

  1. Verghese J, Robbins M, Holtzer R, Zimmerman M, Wang C, Xue X, Lipton RB.  Gait dysfunction in mild cognitive impairment syndromes. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008;56:1244-1251.
  2. Bigal ME, Kurth T, Santanello N, Buse D, Golden W, Robbins M, Lipton RB.  Migraine and cardiovascular disease.  A population-based study.  Neurology 2010;74:628-635.
  3. Robbins MS, Grosberg BM, Napchan U, Crystal SC, Lipton RB.  Clinical and prognostic subforms of new daily-persistent headache.  Neurology 2010;74:1358-1364.
  4. Silberstein SD, Robbins MS.  Editorial: Targeting sleep disruption using sodium oxybate in chronic cluster headache prophylaxis.  Neurology 2011;77:16-17.
  5. Coleman ER, Grosberg BM, Robbins MS.  Olfactory hallucinations in primary headache disorders: case series and literature review.  Cephalalgia 2011;31:1477-1489.
  6. Robbins MS, Bronheim R, Lipton RB, Grosberg BM, Vollbracht S, Sheftell FD, Buse DC.  Depression and anxiety in episodic and chronic cluster headache: a pilot study.  Headache 2012;52:600-611.
  7. Blumenfeld A, Ashkenazi A, Napchan U, Bender SD, Klein B, Berliner R, Ailani J, Schim J, Friedman D, Charleston IV L,Young WB, Robertson CE, Dodick DW, Silberstein SD, Robbins MS.  Expert Consensus Recommendations for the Performance of Peripheral Nerve Blocks for Headaches – A Narrative Review.  Headache. 2013;53:437-446.
  8. Robbins MS, Kuruvilla D, Blumenfeld A, Charleston IV L, Sorrell M, Robertson CE, Grosberg BM, Bender SD, Napchan U, Ashkenazi A.  Trigger point injections for headache disorders: expert consensus methodology and narrative review.  Headache 2014;54:1441-1459.
  9. Govindappagari S, GrossmanTB, Dayal AK, Grosberg BM, Vollbracht S, Robbins MS.  Peripheral nerve blocks in the treatment of migraine in pregnancy: a case series.  Obstet Gynecol 2014;124:1169-1174.
  10. Miller EE, Grosberg BM, Crystal SC, Robbins MS.  Auditory hallucinations associated with migraine: case series and literature review.  Cephalalgia 2015;35:923-930.
  11. Robbins, MS. Editorial: Peripheral nerve blocks, steroid injections, and their niche in headache medicine.  Cephalalgia 2015;35:850-852.
  12. Robbins MS, Farmakidis C, Dayal AK, Lipton RB.  Acute headache diagnosis in pregnant women: a hospital-based study.  Neurology 2015;85:1024-1030.
  13. Reddi S, Honchar V, Robbins MS.  Pneumocephalus associated with epidural and spinal anesthesia for labor.  Neurol Clin Pract 2015;5:376-382.
  14. Robbins MS, Robertson CE, Ailani J, Levin M, Friedman DI, Dodick DW. Procedural Headache Medicine in Neurology Residency Training: A Survey of US Program Directors.  Headache 2016;56:79-85.
  15. Robbins MS, Starling AJ, Pringsheim TM, Becker WJ, Schwedt TJ.  Treatment of Cluster Headache: The American Headache Society Evidence-Based Guidelines.  Headache 2016;56:1093-1106.
  16. Hascalovici JR, Robbins MS. Peripheral nerve blocks for the treatment of headache in older adults: a retrospective study.  Headache 2017;57:80-86.
  17. Grossman TB, Robbins MS, Govindappagari S, Dayal AK.  Delivery Outcomes of Patients with Acute Migraine in Pregnancy: A Retrospective Study.  Headache 2017 Jan 18. [Epub ahead of print]
  18. Robbins MS, Haut SR, Lipton RB, Milstein MJ, Ocava LC, Ballaban-Gil K, Moshé SL, Mehler MF. A dedicated scholarly research program in an adult and pediatric neurology residency program.  Neurology 2017 Feb 22. [Epub ahead of print]
  19. Robbins MS.  Headache medicine as an emerging subspecialty: irony and reality (editorial).  Neurology 2017, in press.

B. Books and Review Articles


  1. Robbins MS, Grosberg BM, Lipton RB, eds.  Neurology In Practice: Headache, 1st ed.  London: Wiley-Blackwell; 2013.

Review Articles:

  1. Robbins MS, Lipton RB.  The epidemiology of primary headache disorders.  Semin Neurol 2010;30:107-119.
  2. Robbins MS, Lipton RB.  Management of headache in the elderly.  Drugs Aging 2010;27:1-22.
  3. Robbins MS, Crystal SC.  New daily-persistent headache versus tension-type headache.  Curr Pain Headache Rep 2010;14:431-435.
  4. Crystal SC, Robbins MS.  Epidemiology of tension-type headache.  Curr Pain Headache Rep 2010;14:449-454.
  5. Crystal SC, Robbins MS.  Tension-type headache mimics.  Curr Pain Headache Rep 2011;15:459-466.
  6. Schwartz DP, Robbins MS.  Primary headache disorders and neuro-ophthalmologic manifestations.  Eye and Brain 2012;4:49-61.
  7. Robbins MS, Evans RW.  Expert opinion: the heterogeneity of new daily-persistent headache.  Headache 2012;52:1579-1589.
  8. Robbins MS.  The psychiatric comorbidities of cluster headache.  Curr Pain Headache Rep 2013;17:313.
  9. Schwartz DP, Robbins MS, Grosberg BM.  Nummular headache update.  Curr Pain Headache Rep 2013;17:340.
  10. Robbins MS. New daily persistent headache. In: Greenamyre JT, editor-in-chief. MedLink Neurology. San Diego: MedLink Corporation. Available at www.medlink.com. Last updated December 20, 2012.
  11. Charlson RE, Robbins MS.  Hemicrania continua.  Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep 2014;14:436.
  12. Vishwanath V, Wong E, Crystal S, Robbins MS, Filopoulos, Lipton RB, Yazici Y, Kister I. Headache in Behçet’s Disease: review of literature and NYU Behcet’s Syndrome Center experience. Curr Pain Headache Rep 2014;18:445.
  13. Hagler S, Ballaban-Gil K, Robbins MS.  Primary stabbing headache in adults and children.  Curr Pain Headache Rep 2014;18:450.
  14. Robbins MS, Evans RW.  Expert opinion: primary and secondary stabbing headache. Headache 2015;55:565-570.
  15. Robbins MS, Lipton RB. Transcutaneous and percutaneous neurostimulation for headache disorders. Headache 2016 Apr 28. [Epub ahead of print]
  16. Robbins MS, Robertson CE, Kaplan E, Ailani J, Charleston IV L, Kuruvilla D, Blumenfeld A, Berliner A, Rosen NL, Duarte R, Vidwan J, Halker RB, Gill N, Ashkenazi A.  The sphenopalatine ganglion: anatomy, pathophysiology, and therapeutic targeting in headache.  Headache 2016;56:240-258.
  17. Vgontzas A, Charleston L 4th, Robbins MS. Headache and facial pain in sickle cell disease. Curr Pain Headache Rep 2016;20:20.
  18. Masters-Israilov A, Robbins MS.  Headache in neuromyelitis optica.  Curr Pain Headache Rep 2017, in press.

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Forbes interviews Dr. Matthew Robbins about his research that finds headache during pregnancy may indicate complications, including preeclampsia.

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