Dr. Joseph Sirven (Joe) is a professor of neurology and chairman of the Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Previously, he served as Director of Education for Mayo Clinic Arizona with oversight over all educational activities at the Mayo Clinic Arizona campus including, medical student rotations, residencies, fellowships, PhD candidates, nursing, allied health and continuing medical education programs. He is currently Education chair for the Epilepsy Section of the American Academy of Neurology, Incoming Chair of the Communication Council for the American Epilepsy Society and outgoing Chair of the Professional Advisory Board for the Epilepsy Foundation.
Dr. Sirven was chief medical contributor for NBC Latino, the English language website for Latinos by NBCNews. He is currently a medical commentator for KJZZ Radio in Phoenix, the NPR affiliate for Phoenix and Tucson Arizona.
Dr. Sirven has published extensively on epilepsy and its treatment. His interests in epilepsy include status epilepticus, surgical therapy, epilepsy in older adults and psychosocial issues particularly those involving Hispanic populations and transportation.
Dr. Sirven received his undergraduate degree, a BS in Biology from Georgetown University in Washington DC. He received his MD degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed a residency in Neurology from the University of Minnesota. His EEG and epilepsy fellowship was completed at the University of Pennsylvania.