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Heidi E. Kirsch


Neurologist and epilepsy specialist
Clinical Director, Biomagnetic Imaging Laboratory

Dr. Heidi Kirsch is a neurologist who specializes in treating patients with epilepsy. She has a special interest in identifying where seizures originate and mapping the brain's functional regions to improve outcomes for those who have surgery.

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 serves on the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California's board of directors.

  • Education

    University of California, Berkeley, M.S., Health and Medical Sciences , 1994

    University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, 1996

  • Residencies

    Johns Hopkins Hospital, Neurology, 2000

  • Fellowships

    Johns Hopkins Hospital, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology , 2002

  • Board Certifications

    Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

  • Academic Title