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Personal Statement

The clinical practice of Matthew S. Robbins, M.D. at Weill Cornell Medicine focuses on patients with migraine, cluster headache, new daily persistent headache, other headache disorders, CSF leaks, and visual snow. He has experience with patient care, teaching, and research for treatments of headache disorders including monoclonal antibodies, procedures such as botulinum toxin injections and peripheral nerve blocks, and neuromodulation devices. Dr. Robbins developed an academic career integrating patient care, education and mentorship, research, and advocacy for people with headache and other neurological conditions.


Biographical Info

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 served on the faculty at Montefiore-Einstein for nearly a decade, where he was an associate professor of neurology, chief of neurology at the Jack D. Weiler Hospital, and director of inpatient services for the Montefiore Headache Center. He joined Weill Cornell and New York-Presbyterian in 2018, where he is the program director for the neurology residency and an associate professor of neurology.

Dr. Robbins is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Headache Society (AHS), where he serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and directs the national Resident Education Program. He is currently the President-Elect of the New York State Neurological Society. He has served on the editorial boards of Headache, Continuum, and Current Pain and Headache Reports and reviews for dozens of peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Robbins regularly presents at national and international meetings and has published widely on topics including neurology and headache education, migraine, cluster headache, new daily persistent headache, headache procedures, headache in pregnancy and the elderly, unusual primary and secondary headache disorders, and CSF leaks. He was lead editor for the book Headache in the “Neurology In Practice” series. He has won awards including the Members’ Choice award for the best publication in the journal Headache, the Above and Beyond award from the AHS, and two AB Baker Teacher Recognition Awards from the AAN, as well as neurology teaching awards at both Einstein and Weill Cornell. He has led organizational initiatives related to headache including guidelines, consensus statements, and quality measures. He is an active participant in patient advocacy activities including Headache on the Hill, Neurology on the Hill, and is a graduate of the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum of the AAN, where he has also served as an advisor.

Honors and Awards

2008 Travel Award Scholarship, American Headache Society

2012 Fellow, American Headache Society

2014 Neurology Teacher of the Year, Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine

2015 Members' Choice Award for best article published, Headache

2016 Visiting Scholar in Headache Medicine, John R. Graham Headache Center, Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, Harvard Medical School

2016 AB Baker Teacher Recognition Award, American Academy of Neurology

2016 Above and Beyond Award, American Headache Society

2017 Fellow, American Academy of Neurology

2020 National Headache Foundation Lectureship Award

2021 Weill Cornell Neurology Faculty Teaching Award

Board Certifications
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Neurology)
United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (Headache Medicine)
Clinical Expertise
Cluster Headache
Nerve Block
  • M.D.
    State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn
  • B.S.
    Yale University
  • Associate Attending Neurologist
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Neurology
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation Education Scholar
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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Leadership Roles: 
American Headache Society
New York State Neurological Society