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

Epilepsy Program

Neurology: Epilepsy and Neurophysiology | Neurophysiology

Office of Student Research

Yale Medical Group


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.

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 AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology (1997)
Board Certification American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology, Inc., Clinical Neurophysiology (1997)
Board Certification AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Neurology (1996)

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Contact Info

Lawrence J. Hirsch, MD
Patient Care Locations
Yale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue, Ste Lower Level

New Haven, CT 06519
159 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
Office Location
Yale School of MedicineLippard Lab for Clinical Investigation
15 York Street, Ste PO Box 208018

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

Curriculum Vitae

Yale Comprehensive Epilepsy Center