Heidi Kirsch, MD, MS
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||400 Parnassus Avenue|
San Francisco CA 94117
|Harvard University||A.B.||1991||Biological Anthropology|
|University of California, Berkeley||M.S.||1994||School of Public Health (Joint Medical Program)|
|University of California, San Francisco||M.D.||1996|| Medicine|
|Georgetown||Residency (PGY-1)||1997||Medicine/Transitional Year|
|Johns Hopkins||Residency, Chief residency||2000||Neurology|
|Johns Hopkins||Fellowship||2002||Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology|
Dr. Heidi Kirsch is a specialist in mapping epileptic activity and functional areas in the brain using magnetoencephalography (MEG) for the purposes of planning epilepsy surgery and other types of brain surgery. She is the Clinical Director and Associate Director of Research for the UCSF Biomagnetic Imaging Laboratory (MEG lab). She is a specialist in epilepsy treatment (epileptology). In her research, she studies new methods of brain mapping and the ways in which seizures spread in the brain. She also worked on a multicenter clinical trial of gamma knife (radiosurgery) versus standard brain surgery for temporal lobe epilepsy and on a multicenter study of epilepsy genetics. She is board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology.
Kirsch earned an undergraduate degree magna cum laude at Harvard and a master's degree in Health and Medical Sciences and a medical degree from the Joint Medical Program offered by the University of California at Berkeley and UCSF. She completed an internship at Georgetown University and a neurology residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was a fellow in clinical neurophysiology, epilepsy and cognitive neurology. During her fellowship, she was a volunteer to the Cognitive Neuroscience Section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is a member and past president of the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California, and a member of the American Neurological Association, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society. She serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, including the Annals of Neurology and Neurology. She joined UCSF Medical Center in 2002 and is a UCSF associate professor of clinical neurology and radiology and biomedical imaging.
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