Heidi Kirsch, MD

Clinical Director, Biomagnetic Imaging Laboratory
Neurologist and epilepsy specialist

Dr. Heidi Kirsch is a neurologist who specializes in the treatment of epilepsy. Kirsch has a special interest in identifying where seizures originate and mapping functional regions of the brain to help improve surgical outcomes.

Kirsch studies new methods of mapping the brain and how seizures spread in the brain, along with how epilepsy affects cognitive function. She also participates in designing new curricula for the UCSF School of Medicine.

Kirsch completed her medical degree at UCSF, followed by a residency in neurology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She then completed a fellowship in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She also earned a master's degree in health and medical sciences from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.

Kirsch is a professor of clinical neurology and radiology and biomedical imaging at UCSF. She serves on the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California's board of directors.


Epilepsy Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2437
Fax: (415) 353-2837

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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University of California, Berkeley, M.S., Health and Medical Sciences 1994
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine 1996


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Neurology 2000


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology 2002

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Kleen JK, Kirsch HE. The nociferous influence of interictal discharges on memory. Brain. 2017 Aug 01; 140(8):2072-2074.
  2. von Spiczak S, Helbig KL, Shinde DN, Huether R, Pendziwiat M, Lourenšo C, Nunes ME, Sarco DP, Kaplan RA, Dlugos DJ, Kirsch H, Slavotinek A, Cilio MR, Cervenka MC, Cohen JS, McClellan R, Fatemi A, Yuen A, Sagawa Y, Littlejohn R, McLean SD, Hernandez-Hernandez L, Maher B, M°ller RS, Palmer E, Lawson JA, Campbell CA, Joshi CN, Kolbe DL, Hollingsworth G, Neubauer BA, Muhle H, Stephani U, Scheffer IE, Pena SDJ, Sisodiya SM, Helbig I. DNM1 encephalopathy: A new disease of vesicle fission. Neurology. 2017 Jul 25; 89(4):385-394.
  3. Bagic AI, Bowyer SM, Kirsch HE, Funke ME, Burgess RC. American Clinical MEG Society (ACMEGS) Position Statement #2: The Value of Magnetoencephalography (MEG)/Magnetic Source Imaging (MSI) in Noninvasive Presurgical Mapping of Eloquent Cortices of Patients Preparing for Surgical Interventions. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2017 May; 34(3):189-195.

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