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Jessica Robinson-Papp

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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 interests include neuropathy and the neurologic complications of HIV/AIDS.  She is the recipient of a grant from the National Institiute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke to study HIV-associated neuropathy (K23 NS066789).  In addition to her research, Dr. Robinson-Papp performs electromyography (EMG), autonomic testing and evoked potentials to aid in the diagnosis of disorders of the peripheral nervous system.  She is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in EMG by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

    Dr. Robinson-Papp is also involved in medical education, and oversees the evaluation of inpatients by the NeuroAIDS consult service, and outpatients in the neurology division of the Jack Martin Fund Clinic.  Dr. Robinson-Papp plays a key role in the neurophysiology and NeuroAIDS fellowship training programs, and provides training to healthcare providers visiting Mount Sinai through the AIDS Institute and Arthur Ashe scholarship programs.  She is a lecturer for the Mount Sinai Institute for NeuroAIDS disparities and the AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC).


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•    HIV-associated Neuropathy: Ethnic Disparities and Pathogenesis (K23 NS066789).
•    Manhattan HIV Brain Bank ( is a longitudinal organ donation study examining the neurologic, neuropsychological, psychiatric, and pathological effects of HIV.
•    CNS HIV Antiretroviral Therapy Effects Research (CHARTER) is a longitudinal study of the neurologic effects of HIV.
•    A randomized, rater-blinded study to explore the effect of mefloquine in subjects with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopahty (PML).
•    The Experience of Chronic Pain in Neuropathic Pain and Back Pain:  A Focus Group Approach
•    The effect of diflunisal (IND 68092) on familial amyloidosis: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, international multi-center trial of diflunisal on neurologic disease progression in 200 familial amyloid subjects.


Robinson-Papp J, Morgello S, Vaida F, E. Association of self-reported painful symptoms with clinical and neurophysiologic signs in HIV-associated sensory neuropathy. Pain; In Press.

Robinson-Papp J, Gelman B, Grant I, Singer E, Morgello S. The role of substance abuse in HIV-associated distal symmetric polyneuropathy Abstract #CD-28 .;.

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

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, Simpson DS. Neuromuscular diseases associated with HIV-1 infection. Muscle Nerve 2009 Dec; 40(6): 1043-1053.

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;.

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).

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).

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

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).

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).

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).

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).

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, 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).

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

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, 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).

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