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David Simpson

  • PROFESSOR Neurology, Neuromuscular Diseases
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  • Neuromuscular Medicine

  • Clinical Neurophysiology

  • Am Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

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  • MD, S.U.N.Y, Buffalo - School of Med & Biomed Science

  • Residency, Neurology
    New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center

  • Residency, Internal Medicine
    University Hospitals of Cleveland

  • Fellowship, Neurphysiology
    Massachusetts General Hospital


    David M. Simpson, MD, is currently Professor of Neurology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.  In addition, he is Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratories and Director of the Neuro-AIDS Program at Mount Sinai Hospital.

    Dr. Simpson received his medical degree from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a residency in Neurology at Cornell University Medical Center in New York. He completed a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts.

    An author of over 325 publications, Dr. Simpson is the principal investigator for many studies, including the treatment of neuropathic pain in patients with painful neuropathy and treatment of spasticity with botulinum toxin. Dr. Simpson recently led research studies demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of the high concentration capsaicin patch in the treatment of certain types of painful peripheral neuropathy.

    Dr. Simpson is a member of the American Neurological Association and the American Pain Society. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and the Royal College of Physicians. He is on the editorial board of AIDS Patient Care and Current HIV/AIDS Reports. 


  • 1997 -
    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Service Award

  • 1996 -
    Best Doctors in New York, New York Magazine

  • 1977 -
    Alpha Omega Alpha

  • 1976 -
    James A. Gibson Anatomical Society


Scelsa SN, Simpson D, Mcquistion H, Fineman A, Ault K, Reichler B. Clozapine-induced myotoxicity in patients with chronic psychotic disorders. Neurology 1996 Dec; 47(6): 1518-23.

Scelsa SN, Simpson D, Reichler B, Dai M. Extraocular muscle involvement in Becker muscular dystrophy. Neurology 1996 Feb; 46(2): 564-6.

Reichler BD, Simpson DM. Peripheral neuropathies in the elderly. In: Tallis RC, Brocklehurst JC, Fillit H, editors. Brocklehurst's Textbook of Geriatrics and Gerontology. 5 London, Churchill Livingstone; 1998. pp612-625.

Wulff EA, Wang AK, Simpson DM. HIV-associated peripheral neuropathy: epidemiology, pathophysiology and treatment. Drugs 2000 Jun; 59(6): 1251-60.

Wulff E, Simpson DM. Peripheral neuropathy associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related Burkitt's lymphoma. Muscle Nerve 2000 Nov; 23(11): 1764-6.

Reichler B, Scelsa SN, Simpson D. Hereditary neuropathy and vocal cord paralysis in a man with childhood diphtheria. Muscle Nerve 2000 Jan; 23(1): 132-7.

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Below are financial relationships with industry reported by Dr. Simpson during 2014 and/or 2015. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.


  • Acorda Therapeutics Inc.; Allergan, Inc.; Astellas Pharma Inc.; Biogen Idec; Ipsen; Merz Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Scientific Advisory Board:

  • Acorda Therapeutics Inc.; Allergan, Inc.

Industry-Sponsored Lectures: MSSM faculty occasionally give lectures at events sponsored by industry, but only if the events are free of any marketing purpose.

  • Allergan, Inc.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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