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Heidi Kirsch, M.D.

Neurologist and epilepsy specialist

Dr. Heidi Kirsch is a specialist in epilepsy treatment, mapping cognitive function and the effects of chronic epilepsy and its treatment on cognitive function. In her research, she studies genes that influence the development of epilepsy and the response to antiseizure medication. She is board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology,

Kirsch earned a master's degree in health and medical sciences and a medical degree from a joint 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 Sections of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is a member of the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society. She joined UCSF Medical Center in 2002 and is a UCSF associate professor of neurology.

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Education

University of California San Francisco School of Medicine 1996

Residencies

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Neurology 2000

Fellowships

Johns Hopkins Hospital 2001

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Vossel KA, Beagle AJ, Rabinovici GD, Shu H, Lee SE, Naasan G, Hegde M, Cornes SB, Henry ML, Nelson AB, Seeley WW, Geschwind MD, Gorno-Tempini ML, Shih T, Kirsch HE, Garcia PA, Miller BL, Mucke L. Seizures and epileptiform activity in the early stages of Alzheimer disease. JAMA Neurol. 2013 Sep 1; 70(9):1158-66.
  2. De novo mutations in epileptic encephalopathies. Nature. 2013 Sep 12; 501(7466):217-21.
  3. The epilepsy phenome/genome project. Clin Trials. 2013 Aug; 10(4):568-86.
  4. Winawer MR, Connors R. Evidence for a shared genetic susceptibility to migraine and epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2013 Feb; 54(2):288-95.
  5. Epi4K and EPGP Investigators. Nature. De novo mutation in epileptic encephalopathies. 2013; (in press).
  6. Vossel KA, Beagle AJ, Rabinovici GD, Shu H, Lee SE, Nassan G, Hegde M, Cornes SB, Henry ML, Nelson AB, Seeley WW, Geschwind MD, Gorno-Tempini, ML, Shih T, Kirsch HE, Garcia PA, Miller BL, Mucke L. . JAMA Neurology. Seizures and epileptiform activity in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. 2013; (in press).
  7. Tarapore PE, Martino J, Guggisberg AG, Owen J, Honma SM, Findlay A, Berger MS, Kirsch HE, Nagarajan SS. Magnetoencephalographic imaging of resting-state functional connectivity predicts postsurgical neurological outcome in brain gliomas. Neurosurgery. 2012 Nov; 71(5):1012-22.
  8. Nesbitt G, McKenna K, Mays V, Carpenter A, Miller K, Williams M. The Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project (EPGP) informatics platform. Int J Med Inform. 2013 Apr; 82(4):248-59.
  9. Findlay AM, Ambrose JB, Cahn-Weiner DA, Houde JF, Honma S, Hinkley LB, Berger MS, Nagarajan SS, Kirsch HE. Dynamics of hemispheric dominance for language assessed by magnetoencephalographic imaging. Ann Neurol. 2012 May; 71(5):668-86.
  10. Ventura MI, Baynes K, Sigvardt KA, Unruh AM, Acklin SS, Kirsch HE, Disbrow EA. Hemispheric asymmetries and prosodic emotion recognition deficits in Parkinson's disease. Neuropsychologia. 2012 Jul; 50(8):1936-45.
  11. Poncelet A, Hirsh D, Arky R, Mazotti L, Ogur B, Bor D, Brooks K, Erickson J, Hansen L, Wamsley M, Shore W, Cohen P, Kirsch H, Elvin D, Gaufberg E, Cave M-T, Clandinin J, Cave A, Batalden M, Lai C, Polevoi S, Stein J, Ghosh A, Maa J, Theodore P, Park P, Bokser S, Robertson P, Griswold T, Meyer R, Schauer R, Konkin J, Strasser S, Strasser R, Worley P, Greenhill J, Hauer K, Krupat E, Tong L, Teherani A, Krupat E. The Alliance for Clinical Education Guidebook for Clerkship Directors. Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships. 2012; 173-224.
  12. Knutson KM, Krueger F, Dal Monte O, Raymont V, Snyder AD, Kirsch HE, Wassermann EM, Grafman J. Cognitive Neuroscience. Gustatory cortical lesions affect motivation for snack foods. 2012; 2(3):131-8.
  13. Burgess RC, Funke ME, Bowyer SM, Lewine JD, Kirsch HE, Bagic AI. American Clinical Magnetoencephalography Society Clinical Practice Guideline 2: presurgical functional brain mapping using magnetic evoked fields. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2011 Aug; 28(4):355-61.
  14. Poncelet A, Bokser S, Calton B, Hauer KE, Kirsch H, Jones T, Lai CJ, Mazotti L, Shore W, Teherani A, Tong L, Wamsley M, Robertson P. Development of a longitudinal integrated clerkship at an academic medical center. Med Educ Online. 2011; 16.
  15. Martino J, Honma SM, Findlay AM, Guggisberg AG, Owen JP, Kirsch HE, Berger MS, Nagarajan SS. Resting functional connectivity in patients with brain tumors in eloquent areas. Ann Neurol. 2011 Mar; 69(3):521-32.
  16. Kirsch HE, Crone NE. GL Krauss, RS Fisher, P Kaplan (Eds.). The Johns Hopkins Atlas of Digital EEG: An Interactive Training Guide. The '10-20' system and cortical topography. 2011.
  17. Flinker A, Chang EF, Kirsch HE, Barbaro NM, Crone NE, Knight RT. Single-trial speech suppression of auditory cortex activity in humans. J Neurosci. 2010 Dec 8; 30(49):16643-50.
  18. Mazotti L, Kirsch HE, O'Brien B. Medical Education Development. Improving integration of clinical clerkship didactic curriculum. 2010; 1(1).
  19. Lopour BA, Tasoglu S, Kirsch HE, Sleigh JW, Szeri AJ. A continuous mapping of sleep states through association of EEG with a mesoscale cortical model. J Comput Neurosci. 2011 Apr; 30(2):471-87.
  20. Chang EF, Edwards E, Nagarajan SS, Fogelson N, Dalal SS, Canolty RT, Kirsch HE, Barbaro NM, Knight RT. Cortical spatio-temporal dynamics underlying phonological target detection in humans. J Cogn Neurosci. 2011 Jun; 23(6):1437-46.

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