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Lawrence Hirsch, MD

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

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Lawrence Hirsch, MD

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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 150 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, brain stimulation for epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, seizure semiology, electrocorticography, brain mapping, effectiveness and tolerability of antiepileptic drugs, seizure clusters, and sudden death in epilepsy (SUDEP). 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

  • Fellowship
    Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (1997)
  • Residency
    Columbia Presbyterian Center (1995)
  • Intern
    Yale University (1992)
  • MD
    Yale University School of Medicine (1991)
  • BA
    University of Pennsylvania (1987)


  • Nonconvulsive seizures in the critically ill: continuous EEG, quantitative EEG and COVID-19
    Hong Kong, Hong Kong 2020
    Hong Kong Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting
  • Epilepsy and EEG Collaborative Topics
    Paris, IDF, France 2020
    Yale-ICM workshop
  • The role of continuous EEG in the ICU; and Seizure clusters and rescue therapy
    Sydney, NSW, Australia 2019
    Epilepsy Society of Australia's Annual Meeting
  • The neurophysiology of SUDEP; Recordings from the responsive neurostimulation system; The EEG in status epilepticus (plenary)
    São Paulo, SP, Brazil 2019
    Brazilian Congress of Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Nonconvulsive seizures and status epilepticus in the critically ill: the silent epidemic; Chronic brain stimulation for treatment of epilepsy
    Osaka, Osaka, Japan 2019
    Japanese Society of Neurology 60th Annual Meeting
  • Stroke and Epilepsy
    Port of Spain, Port of Spain Corporation, Trinidad and Tobago 2018
    6th North American Regional Caribbean Congress on Epilepsy (NARCCE)
  • NORSE/FIRES Consensus Definition
    Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria 2017
    6th London-Innsbruck Colloquium on Status Epilepticus and Acute Seizures
  • Treating periodic discharges and related patterns after anoxia
    London, England, United Kingdom 2015
    5th London-Innsbruck Colloquium on Status Epilepticus and Acute Seizures
  • Visiting Professor, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh
    Riyadh, Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia 2014
    Ran 5 day workshop on EEG
  • ICU EEG: Indications, advances, limitations and pitfalls
    Bergen, Vestland, Norway 2013
    Norwegian Clinical Neurophysiology Society Annual Meeting
  • 1. Diagnosis and treatment of status epilepticus; 2. ICU EEG: Indications, limitations and pitfalls; 3. Brain Stimulation for Epilepsy
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil 2013
    XXIV National Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Neurostimulation for medically intractable epilepsy
    Ottawa, ON, Canada 2012
    Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation, 47th annual meeting
  • EEG/Brain Monitoring in the ICU; Brain stimulation for epilepsy
    Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal 2011
    Portuguese Soc. of Clinical Neurophysiology annual meeting
  • Seizures in the critically ill patient
    Kingston, St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica 2010
    2nd North Amer. Regional Caribbean Congress on Epilepsy

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Insley LecturerUniversity of Rochester2018
FellowAmerican Epilepsy Society2017
Attending of the YearYale University Dept of Neurology2013
Keynote SpeakerNorwegian Clinical Neurophysiology Society2013
Sahlie Distinguished LecturerUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham2013
Gloor Lecturer and Grand Plenary SpeakerCanadian Neurological Sciences Foundation2012
FellowAmerican Neurological Association2012
FellowAmerican Academy of Neurology2009
Lewis P. Rowland Teaching Award for Outstanding TeachingColumbia University Dept of Neurology2008
FellowAmerican Clinical Neurophysiology Society2005
Lewis P. Rowland Teaching Award for Outstanding TeachingColumbia University Dept of Neurology1998

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