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

Physician Biography

Dr. Hirsch completed medical school and internship at Yale University. He was resident and chief resident of Neurology at the Neurological Institute of New York 1992-5 where he also completed a two-year fellowship in Epilepsy/EEG 1995-7. He was Director of the Columbia University General Neurology clinic from 1998-2001, and Director of the Epilepsy Clinic from 1997-2002. He remained at Columbia on the faculty from 1997-2011. 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 and co-Director (with Dennis Spencer) of the Yale Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.

His interests and publications are on topics including brain monitoring in the critically ill, status epilepticus, epilepsy surgery, effectiveness and tolerability of antiepileptic drugs, brain stimulation for epilepsy, and sudden death in epilepsy. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology and is the prior chair of the professional advisory board for the Epilepsy Society of Southern New York. Prior positions include founder and chair of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society’s Critical Care EEG Monitoring Committee, and chair of the American Epilepsy Society Student and Resident Education Committee. Dr. Hirsch has directed symposia and lectured at many national and international epilepsy and neurology meetings. He was won multiple teaching awards, and is co-author of the only existing Atlas of EEG in Critical Care.

Clinical Interests

  • Electroencephalography
  • Seizures

Patient Care

Accepts new patients? Yes
Patient Type: Adult; Adolescent
Referrals: From patients or physicians

Patient Care Organizations

Neurology: Epilepsy & Seizures | Neurophysiology | Pediatric Epilepsy Program

Center for Musculoskeletal Care

Pediatric Epilepsy Program

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research

Board Certifications

  • Neurology AB of Psychiatry & Neurology (1996)

  • Clinical Neurophysiology American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology, Inc. (1997)

  • Epilepsy AB of Psychiatry & Neurology (2013)

Clinical Trials

Conditions Study Title
Diseases of the Nervous System A Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Brivaracetam as Treatment for Increased Seizure Activity in an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Setting
Diseases of the Cardiovascular System Multimodal Outcome CHAracterization (MOCHA) in comatose cardiac arrest patients
Diseases of the Nervous System Predictability of smart-phone videos in an outpatient epilepsy clinic
Diseases of the Nervous System, Mental Health & Behavioral Research SV2A PET Imaging in Healthy Subjects and Epilepsy Patients
Diseases of the Nervous System Vision Testing in Patients With Partial Seizures Receiving Either Lyrica or Placebo

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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
PO Box 208018
New Haven, CT 06510-8018

Curriculum Vitae

Yale Comprehensive Epilepsy Center