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Jessica Robinson-Papp

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  • Am Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

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  • MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • Internship, Internal Medicine
    St. Vincent's Hospital [CLOSED]

  • Residency, Neurology
    Mount Sinai Hospital

  • Fellowship, Neurophysiology
    Mount Sinai Hospital


    Dr. Robinson-Papp’s clinical and research interests include neuropathy, and the neurologic complications of HIV/AIDS including chronic pain. She is the recipient of grants from the NIH to study HIV-associated neuropathy, and is the medical director of the Manhattan HIV Brain Bank. In addition to her research, Dr. Robinson-Papp performs electromyography (EMG), autonomic testing, intraoperative neurologic monitoring, and evoked potentials to aid in the diagnosis of neurologic disorders. She is the attending neurologist for the Jack Martin Clinic, where she provides neurologic care to people living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Robinson-Papp is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in EMG by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.


Autonomic neuropathy, gastrointestinal motility, and inflammation in HIV (NIH R21 DK105917)
This grant examines the relationship between vagal dysfunction, gastrointestinal dysmotility and the cholinergic anti-inflammatory reflex in HIV-associated autonomic neuropathy.
Role: Principle Investigator

Manhattan HIV Brain Bank (NIH U24 MH100931)
This is a longitudinal organ donation study examining the neurologic, neuropsychological, psychiatric, and pathological effects of HIV.
Role: Co-investigator and Medical Director

Peripheral Neuropathy Registry Research Protocol

The purpose of the study is to develop a multi-center cohort of well-characterized peripheral neuropathy patients with and without neuropathic pain in a natural history study.
Role: Co-investigator

A Double-blind placebo controlled study of Intravenous Immunoglobulin for HIV-associated myelopathy
The goal of this study is to determine the safety and efficacy of the use of IVIG for the treatment of HIV-associated myelopathy
Role: Co-investigator

A Phase 2/3 Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of ISIS 420915 in Patients with Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy
Role: Co-investigator

A Single-Blind, Randomized, Parallel Arm, Phase II Proof-of-Concept Study of the Safety and Efficacy of HuCNS-SC Transplantation in Cervical Spinal Cord Injury.
Role: Co-investigator


Jiao JM, So E, Jebakumar J, George MC, Simpson DM, Robinson-Papp J. Chronic pain disorders in HIV primary care: clinical characteristics and association with healthcare utilization. Pain 2015 Dec;.

George MC, Wongmek A, Kaku M, Nmashie A, Robinson-Papp J. A Mixed-Methods Pilot Study of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for HIV-Associated Chronic Pain. Behavioral medicine (Washington, D.C.) 2015 Dec;.

Robinson-Papp J, George MC. Trust and the Ethics of Chronic Pain Management in HIV. The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC; 26(5).

Robinson-Papp J, George MC, Wongmek A, Nmashie A, Merlin JS, Ali Y, Epstein L, Green M, Serban S, Sheth P, Simpson DM. The Quantitative Analgesic Questionnaire: A Tool to Capture Patient-Reported Chronic Pain Medication Use. Journal of pain and symptom management 2015 Sep; 50(3).

Robinson-Papp J, George MC, Dorfman D, Simpson DM. Barriers to Chronic Pain Measurement: A Qualitative Study of Patient Perspectives. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.) 2015 Jul; 16(7).

Malvar J, Vaida F, Sanders CF, Atkinson JH, Bohannon W, Keltner J, Robinson-Papp J, Simpson DM, Marra CM, Clifford DB, Gelman B, Fan J, Grant I, Ellis RJ. Predictors of new-onset distal neuropathic pain in HIV-infected individuals in the era of combination antiretroviral therapy. Pain 2015 Apr; 156(4).

Robinson-Papp J, Sharma S, Dhadwal N, Simpson DM, Morgello S. Optimizing measures of HIV-associated neuropathy. Muscle & nerve 2014 May;.

Keltner JR, Fennema-Notestine C, Vaida F, Wang D, Franklin DR, Dworkin RH, Sanders C, McCutchan JA, Archibald SL, Miller DJ, Kesidis G, Cushman C, Kim SM, Abramson I, Taylor MJ, Theilmann RJ, Julaton MD, Notestine RJ, Corkran S, Cherner M, Duarte NA, Alexander T, Robinson-Papp J, Gelman BB, Simpson DM, Collier AC, Marra CM, Morgello S, Brown G, Grant I, Atkinson JH, Jernigan TL, Ellis RJ. HIV-associated distal neuropathic pain is associated with smaller total cerebral cortical gray matter. Journal of neurovirology 2014 Jun; 20(3).

Berk JL, Suhr OB, Obici L, Sekijima Y, Zeldenrust SR, Yamashita T, Heneghan MA, Gorevic PD, Litchy WJ, Wiesman JF, Nordh E, Corato M, Lozza A, Cortese A, Robinson-Papp J, Colton T, Rybin DV, Bisbee AB, Ando Y, Ikeda S, Seldin DC, Merlini G, Skinner M, Kelly JW, Dyck PJ. Repurposing diflunisal for familial amyloid polyneuropathy: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA 2013 Dec; 310(24).

Robinson-Papp J, Sharma SK. Autonomic neuropathy in HIV is unrecognized and associated with medical morbidity. AIDS patient care and STDs 2013 Oct; 27(10).

Schütz SG, Robinson-Papp J. HIV-related neuropathy: current perspectives. HIV/AIDS (Auckland, N.Z.) 2013; 5.

Liu MC, Garakani A, Krauskopf KA, Robinson-Papp J. A Case of Reversible Neuropsychiatry Symptoms in HIV due to Toxic Leukoencephalopathy. Innovations in clinical neuroscience 2013 Sep; 10(9-10).

Robinson-Papp J, Sharma S, Simpson DM, Morgello S. Autonomic dysfunction is common in HIV and associated with distal symmetric polyneuropathy. Journal of neurovirology 2013 Apr; 19(2).

Byrd DA, Robinson-Papp J, Mindt MR, Mintz L, Elliott K, Lighty Q, Morgello S. Isolating cognitive and neurologic HIV effects in substance-dependent, confounded cohorts: a pilot study. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS 2013 Apr; 19(4).

Shin SC, Robinson-Papp J. Amyloid neuropathies. The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, New York; 79(6).

Robinson-Papp J, Elliott K, Simpson DM, Morgello S. Problematic prescription opioid use in an HIV-infected cohort: the importance of universal toxicology testing. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999) 2012 Oct; 61(2).

Fellows RP, Byrd DA, Elliott K, Robinson-Papp J, Mindt MR, Morgello S. Distal sensory polyneuropathy is associated with neuropsychological test performance among persons with HIV. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS 2012 Sep; 18(5).

Robinson-Papp J, Tan IL, Simpson DM. Neuromuscular complications in HIV: effects of aging. Journal of neurovirology 2012 Aug; 18(4).

Keltner JR, Vaida F, Ellis RJ, Moeller-Bertram T, Fitzsimmons C, Duarte NA, Robinson-Papp J, Dworkin RH, Clifford DB, McArthur JC, Simpson DM, Collier AC, Marra CM, Atkinson JH, Grant I. Health-related quality of life 'well-being' in HIV distal neuropathic pain is more strongly associated with depression severity than with pain intensity. Psychosomatics; 53(4).

Robinson-Papp J, Gelman BB, Grant I, Singer E, Gensler G, Morgello S. Substance abuse increases the risk of neuropathy in an HIV-infected cohort. Muscle & nerve 2012 Apr; 45(4).

Thomas A, Robinson-Papp J. Patient Management Problem--Preferred Responses. Continuum (Minneapolis, Minn.) 2012 Feb; 18(1 Peripheral Neuropathy).

Thomas A, Robinson-Papp J. Patient Management Problem. Continuum (Minneapolis, Minn.) 2012 Feb; 18(1 Peripheral Neuropathy).

Robinson-Papp J. Infectious neuropathies. Continuum (Minneapolis, Minn.) 2012 Feb; 18(1).

Robinson-Papp J. HIV neuropathy. In: McArthur J, Simpson D, Dworkin R, editors. Neuropathic Pain; Mechanisms and Management. Oxford University Press;.

Robinson-Papp J, Fox K, Simpson D, Morgello S. Myopathies associated with HIV-1: clinical and pathological manifestations. In: Gendelman HE, editor. The neurology of AIDS 3rd ed. Oxford University Press;.

Robinson-Papp J, Morgello S, Vaida F, Fitzsimons C, Simpson DM, Elliott KJ, Al-Lozi M, Gelman BB, Clifford D, Marra CM, McCutchan JA, Atkinson JH, Dworkin RH, Grant I, Ellis R. Association of self-reported painful symptoms with clinical and neurophysiologic signs in HIV-associated sensory neuropathy. Pain 2010 Dec; 151(3).

Robinson-Papp J, Simpson DM. Neuromuscular diseases associated with HIV-1 infection. Muscle & nerve 2009 Dec; 40(6).

Robinson-Papp J, Gonzalez-Duarte A, Simpson DS, E. The roles of ethnicity and antiretrovirals in HIV-associated polyneuropathy: a pilot study. JAIDS 2009 Aug; 51(5): 569-573.

Robinson-Papp J, Elliott KJ, Simpson DS. HIV-related neurocognitive impairment in the HAART era. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep 2009 Aug; 6(3): 146-152.

Robinson-Papp J, Byrd D, Rivera Mindt M, E. Motor function and HIV-associated cognitive impairment in a HAART era cohort. Arch Neurol 2008; 65(8): 1096-1101.

Robinson-Papp J, Simpson DM. Neuromuscular complications of human immunodeficiency virus infection. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am 2008; 19(1): 81-96.

Robinson Papp J, Simpson DM. Neurological Complications of HIV in the Spinal Cord and Peripheral Nervous System. In: Cohen MA, Gorman J, editors. Comprehensive Textbook of AIDS Psychiatry. New York, Oxford University Press;.

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Dr. Robinson-Papp did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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