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Matthew S. Robbins, M.D.

Dr. Matthew S. Robbins

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Critical Care)


Professional Interests

     Matthew S. Robbins, M.D., F.A.H.S. earned his B.S. from Yale University and his M.D. from SUNY-Downstate College of Medicine. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital and his neurology residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Medical Center, where he was also a chief resident. He then completed a fellowship in Headache Medicine and Facial Pain at the Montefiore Headache Center, and is an Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
     Dr. Robbins is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is board certified in Headache Medicine by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.  He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the International Headache Society (IHS), and the American Headache Society (AHS), with several section and committee memberships including the Headache/Facial Pain and Neuro-Hospitalist sections of the AAN, and is the Chair of the Procedural Headache Medicine section of the AHS. He won an AHS travel award in 2008, and his headache fellowship was funded by a Kirschstein-NRSA T32 Award.  He has been an invited reviewer for many peer-reviewed publications including Neurology, Cephalalgia, Headache, and the Journal of Headache and Pain.  He serves on the editorial boards of Headache and the Einstein Journal of Biology and Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Headache Society.
     Dr. Robbins is Chief of Service for neurology at the Jack D. Weiler Hospital of Montefiore Medical Center, and the Director of Inpatient Services for the Montefiore Headache Center, where he also has an outpatient clinical practice.  His roles in the neurology residency training program include being Associate Program Director and directing the residency research program.
     Dr. Robbins is committed to education in clinical neurology and headache medicine for medical students, residents, and fellows. His research interests include new daily-persistent headache, migraine and cardiovascular disease, treatment of headache in pregnancy, unusual primary and secondary headache disorders, procedures for headache disorders, and neurologic manifestations of systemic medical illnesses.

Selected Publications

Selected Original Works

  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. Robbins MS, Roth S, Swerdlow ML, Bieri P, Herskovitz S.  Optic neuritis and palatal dysarthria as presenting features of post-infectious GQ1b antibody syndrome.  Clin Neurol Neurosurg 2009;111:465-466.
  3. Robbins MS, Lipton RB, Laureta EC, Grosberg BM.  CACNA1A nonsense mutation is associated with basilar-type migraine and episodic ataxia type 2.  Headache 2009;49:1042-1046.
  4. Tarshish S, Robbins MS, Grosberg BM.  Teaching case presentation: primary thunderclap headache.  Headache 2009;49:1249-1252.
  5. Robbins MS, Crystal SC, Grosberg BM, Hutchinson S.  Teaching case: menopausal migraine.  Headache 2010;50:338-341.
  6. 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.
  7. Robbins MS, Grosberg BM, Lipton RB.  Coexisting trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias and hemicrania continua.  Headache 2010;50:489-496.
  8. Robbins MS, Grosberg BM, Napchan U, Crystal SC, Lipton RB.  Clinical and prognostic subforms of new daily-persistent headache.  Neurology 2010;74:1358-1364.
  9. Cascella C, Rosen JB, Robbins MS.  Teaching case: symptomatic SUNCT.  Headache 2011;51:1022-1026.
  10. Silberstein SD, Robbins MS.  Targeting sleep disruption using sodium oxybate in chronic cluster headache prophylaxis (editorial).  Neurology 2011;77:16-17.
  11. Robbins MS.  Paracetamol is more effective than placebo for migraine, and paracetamol 1000 mg plus metoclopramidine 10 mg is similarly effective to oral sumatriptan 100 mg for migraine relief at two hours.  Evid Based Med 2011;16:114-115.
  12. Robbins MS, Verghese J, Antoniello D.  Gait apraxia from acute unilateral parasagittal lesions.  Clin Neurol Neurosurg 2011;113:782-784.
  13. Coleman ER, Grosberg BM, Robbins MS.  Olfactory hallucinations in primary headache disorders: case series and literature review.  Cephalalgia 2011;31:1477-1489.
  14. Mohen SA, Robbins MS.  Harry Potter and nummular headache.  Headache 2012;52:323-324.
  15. 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.
  16. 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. 
  17. 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, in press.


  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 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, in press.
  13. Hagler S, Ballaban-Gil K, Robbins MS.  Primary stabbing headache in adults and children.  Curr Pain Headache Rep 2014, in press.


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



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