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Joseph I. Sirven, MD, FAAN


Joseph I. Sirven, MD, FAAN, is Professor of Neurology and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Director of the Epilepsy Program at Mayo Clinic Arizona, and Editor-In-Chief of He is currently Chair of the AAN Education Meeting Subcommittee; and he is on the Board of Directors for the American Brain Foundation and the editorial Board of Neurology Now. Previously, he served as Director of Education for Mayo Clinic Arizona, Vice Chair of the Epilepsy Section of the American Academy of Neurology, Chair of the Communication Council for the American Epilepsy Society, and former Chair of the Professional Advisory Board for the Epilepsy Foundation.

Sirven is Cuban American and has served as chief medical contributor for NBC Latino. He is currently the Medical commentator for KJZZ Radio in Phoenix.

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. He is editor of 7 textbooks: Clinical Neurology of the Older Adult, the American Epilepsy Society’s Introduction to Epilepsy; Clinical Epilepsy, and An Atlas of Video EEG Monitoring.

Sirven received his undergraduate degree, a BS in Biology from Georgetown University. He received his MD degree from Louisiana State University. He completed a residency in Neurology from the University of Minnesota. His EEG and epilepsy fellowship were completed at the University of Pennsylvania.

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