Lawrence J. Hirsch, MD

Professor of Neurology; Chief, Division of Epilepsy and EEG; Co-Director, Yale Comprehensive Epilepsy Center; Co-Director, Critical Care EEG Monitoring Program

Departments & Organizations

Neurology: Epilepsy & Seizures | Neurophysiology | Pediatric Epilepsy Program

Center for Musculoskeletal Care

Faculty Research

Pediatric Epilepsy Program

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Hirsch completed medical school and internship at Yale University, neurology residency at Columbia University, and a two-year fellowship in Epilepsy and EEG at Columbia.  He remained at Columbia on the faculty from 1997-2011, where he created and directed the Continuous EEG Monitoring Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center for 10 years, and became Professor of Clinical Neurology at Columbia University in 2010.  He moved to Yale University in 2011 as Professor of Neurology, Director of Epilepsy/EEG, Co-Director of Critical Care EEG Monitoring, and Co-Director (with Dr. Dennis Spencer) of the Yale Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. 

Dr. Hirsch has published more than 100 original research manuscripts and more than 100 invited reviews, editorials or chapters. His research interests and publications are on topics such as brain monitoring with EEG in the critically ill, status epilepticus, epilepsy surgery, seizure semiology, electrocorticography, brain mapping, effectiveness and tolerability of antiepileptic drugs, brain stimulation for epilepsy, seizure clusters, and sudden death in epilepsy.  Dr. Hirsch has directed symposia and lectured at many national and international epilepsy and neurology meetings. He is the founder and former chair of the Critical Care EEG Monitoring Research Consortium, which now includes >50 centers. He has won multiple teaching awards, and is co-author of the first-ever Atlas of EEG in Critical Care.

Education & Training

MD Yale University School of Medicine (1991)
BA University of Pennsylvania (1987)
Fellowship Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
Residency Columbia Presbyterian Center
Intern Yale University
Board Certification American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology, Inc., Clinical Neurophysiology (1997)

Honors & Recognition

  • FellowAmerican Epilepsy Society (2017)

  • Attending of the YearYale University Dept of Neurology (2013)

  • Keynote SpeakerNorwegian Clinical Neurophysiology Society (2013)

  • Sahlie Distinguished LecturerUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (2013)

  • Gloor Lecturer and Grand Plenary SpeakerCanadian Neurological Sciences Foundation (2012)

  • FellowAmerican Neurological Association (2012)

  • FellowAmerican Academy of Neurology (2009)

  • Lewis P. Rowland Teaching Award for Outstanding TeachingColumbia University Dept of Neurology (2008)

  • FellowAmerican Clinical Neurophysiology Society (2005)

  • Lewis P. Rowland Teaching Award for Outstanding TeachingColumbia University Dept of Neurology (1998)

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Contact Info

Lawrence J. Hirsch, MD
Patient Care Locations
Stamford branch260 Long Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06902
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Yale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue, Ste Lower Level

New Haven, CT 06519
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Office Location
Yale School of MedicineLippard Lab for Clinical Investigation
15 York Street, Ste PO Box 208018

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
NeurologyPO Box 208018
New Haven, CT 06510-8018

Curriculum Vitae

Yale Comprehensive Epilepsy Center