Dr. Sirven's research pertains to all facets of the diagnosis and management of seizures and epilepsy. His research focus can be divided into three main areas of interest. The first focus is on all facets of seizures in older adults. Dr. Sirven has studied various therapeutic modalities in this age group including, epilepsy surgery, electrical stimulation and antiepileptic drugs. Currently, he is involved in evaluating the impact of antiseizure drugs on balance function. Dr. Sirven chairs the Seniors and Seizures Task Force for the Epilepsy Foundation of America.
A second facet of Dr. Sirven's reserach focus is on social issues as they pertain to epilepsy. Dr. Sirven has extensively studied the stigma of epilepsy as it is portrayed in the media, as laws are written on the topic for the Federal Aviation Administration and on Complementary and alternative medicine for epilepsy. Dr. Sirven is also involved in research involving seizures in the Hispanic population. He published the first national survey of US Hispanic attitudes and knowledge about epilepsy and seizures 2 years ago and his reserach continues in this endeavor.
Dr. Sirven's third area of research concentration in epilepsy pertains to new therapeutic modalities for seizure treatment with either new drugs or devices. He is actively involved in research using devices that deliver electrical stimulation for epilepsy as well as several research trials involving new antiseizure medications. He is also working with a new device to help predict when seizures are likely to occur.
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- Consultant, Department of Neurology
- Professor of Neurology
- Fellow - EEG / Clinical epilepsy Graduate Hospital, University of Pennsylvania
- Resident - Neurology University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics
- Internship - Internal Medicine Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation
- MD Louisiana State University School of Medicine
- BS - Biology Georgetown University