Dr. Barry Hirsch is a Professor and the Director of the Division of Otology in the Department of Otolaryngology in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is also a Professor in the Department of Communication Science & Disorders in the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and in the Department of Neurological Surgery in Pitt’s School of Medicine. Dr. Hirsch is the Director of the Neurotology Fellowship Program in the Department of Otolaryngology. He is on the Active Medical Staff for several Pittsburgh UPMC hospitals.
Dr. Hirsch holds a BA in psychology from the University of Connecticut and graduated in 1977 with an MD from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hirsch received his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, as well as a subspecialty fellowship in Neurotology Surgery through both the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the University of Zurich in Switzerland. Dedicated to his field, he has become a renowned expert in otology and neurotology.
Dr. Hirsch’s research interests include the outcomes of treatment of Meniere's disease and the role of stereotactic radiation on intracranial and skull base tumors. Most recently he was the principal investigator on the project entitled, “Evaluation of a Revised Indication for Determining Adult Cochlear Implant Candidacy.” Since 2007, Dr. Hirsch has served as an FDA Ear, Nose and Throat Devices Advisory Panel Member.
In describing his work both in and out of the classroom, Dr. Hirsch has authored numerous publications and has been the recipient of multiple awards. He has repeatedly appeared on the list of Top Docs as reported by Pittsburgh Magazine, a Best Doctors in America, a Patient’s Choice Award Recipient, and a Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors.
Dr. Hirsch is a member of many professional and scientific societies, including but not limited to, the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (previous chair of the implantable device committee and the hearing committee), the American Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the Allegheny County Medical Society, the American Neurotology Society, American Otological Society (president-elect), Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology (past president), and the Otosclerosis Study Group.
View a list of Dr. Hirsch’s publications here.