Dr. Joe Sirven on Hero Award

Editor Emeritus

Dr. Joseph Sirven (Joe) is a professor of neurology and chair Emeritus 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 Conference Meeting Chair of the American Academy of Neurology, as well as previous chair of the Communication Council for the American Epilepsy Society and the Professional Advisory Board for the Epilepsy Foundation. He is Editor-In-Chief of Brain & Life en Espanol.

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 B.S. in Biology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He received his M.D. degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed a residency in Neurology from the University of Minnesota. His EEG (electroencephalograph) and epilepsy fellowship was completed at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Epilepsy Foundation Communications Team
Monday, February 4, 2019