Dr. Joseph Sirven (Joe) is a professor of neurology and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and editor-in-chief of epilepsy.com. 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 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 was the previous 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.
Dr. Sirven is Cuban American and has served as chief medical contributor for NBC Latino, the English language website for Latinos by NBCNews. He is currently the 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. His articles have appeared in Neurology, Epilepsia, Lancet, Archives of Neurology, Annals of Neurology, Epilepsy & Behavior and Mayo Clinic Proceedings. He is editor of seven textbooks: "Clinical Neurology of the Older Adult," "American Epilepsy Society’s Introduction to Epilepsy," "Clinical Epilepsy" and "An Atlas of Video EEG Monitoring." He is currently director of the Epilepsy Program at Mayo Clinic Arizona.