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Claudia Kirsch, FACR, MD

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Claudia Kirsch, FACR, MD

Mailing Address

  • Radiology & Biomedical Imaging

    330 Cedar Street

    New Haven, CT 06520

    United States


Dr. Kirsch is Professor of Neuroradiology in the Yale Department of Radiology and Biom and Fellow in the American College of Radiology, and American Society of Functional Radiology, specializing in skull base and head and neck imaging and currently doing a PhD with School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield using 7 Tesla MRI and artificial intelligence analyzing head, neck and skull base pathology from SARs-CoV-2, HPV and EBV viruses with thesis advisors Dr Ali Khurram PhD. FRC Pathologist, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Honorary Consultant Pathologist, and founder, utilizing artificial intelligence analyzing oral cavity pathology, and Professor Daniel Lambert Ph.D. School of Clinical Dentistry, Chair in Molecular Cell Biology, Harpreet Hyaare MD, PhD at UCL, and working under Dr. Priti Balchandani, PhD, utilizing 7T MRI, under Professor of Diagnostic, Molecular and Interventional Radiology, Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Director Advanced Neuroimaging Research Program (ANRP) and Associate Director BioMedical Engineering and Imaging Institute (BMEII) at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She received the American Society of Neuroimaging Oldendorf award, with awards for MRI techniques in spinal cord trauma, teaching and international accolades for educational interactive 3-D head and neck anatomy software, primal pictures former Vice-Chair of the Expert Panel on Neuroimaging for American College of Radiology Appropriateness Use Criteria Committee, and American Society of Neuroradiology Collaborative Committee for Practice Parameters in Computed Tomography of the Head and Neck. She has served and continues to serve on committees including Current Chair of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology Research Committee, Educational, Program and Research Committees of the American Society of Head and Neck Imaging, Radiological Society of North America, North American Skull Base Society, American Society of Functional Imaging, American Association of Woman Radiologists, Association of University Radiologists, and is Past President of the Eastern Neuroradiological Society and is an invited speaker nationally and internationally on skull base and head and neck imaging and pathology.

Her PhD research and publications are focused on skull base pathology including in Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, Human Papilloma virus (HPV), Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) and more recently SARs-CoV-2 COVID19 pathology. She was co-investigator on a Foundation Government Clinical Trial assessing the imaging in Phase III trials, and a Primary Investigator Grant recipient, analyzing radiographic features of Pseudotumor Cerebri. Prior grants and research led to national and international presentations, including a TEDx talk on imaging how cancer “hitchhikes” via perineural invasion through the skull base. As a PhD researcher she believes in fostering collaborative and inspiring environments, especially in AI and head and neck pathology, that leads to innovative research, scientific advancement, and ideally improved patient outcomes.

Education & Training

  • Fellowship
    Beth Israel Medical Center (1998)
  • Fellowship
    George Washington University (1997)
  • Residency
    University of California, San Francisco (1996)
  • Medicine Internship
    California Pacific Medical Center (1992)
  • MD
    The University of New Mexico, School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha (1991)
  • BA
    Amherst College, Neuroscience and Fine Arts, Cum Laude (1986)

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