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Joshua A. Hirsch, MD

Chief, NeuroInterventional Spine

Associate Vice Chair of Interventional Care

Director, Endovascular and Interventional Neuroradiology

  • Phone: 617-726-1767


  • Cancer Center
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Vascular Center
  • Vascular Radiology
  • Neurology
Clinical Interests
Minimally invasive cerebrovascular disease
Minimally invasive treatments of back and leg pain
Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD)
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship, Lahey Clinic
Board Certifications
Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients


Joshua Hirsch, MD, is director of Endovascular and Interventional Neuroradiology; chief of NeuroInterventional Spine; co-director of the Neuroendovascular Program; vice chair of Interventional Care in the Department of Radiology and associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Hirsch has extensive experience in the diagnosis, management and treatment of cerebrovascular disease including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, dural arteriovenous fistulas, pre-operative tumor embolization and treatment of head/neck lesions including epistaxis. He is a specialist in minimally invasive spine surgery, acute stroke treatment with thrombolysis and stroke prevention using carotid and vertebral artery angioplasty and stenting.

Dr. Hirsch has published over 270 papers and many chapters in peer-reviewed literature, and is a founding editor of the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery. He is on the board of the American Society of Spine Radiology, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the Society for Injectable Osteoarticular Biomaterials (GRIBOI). He is past president of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery and treasurer of its foundation; an active member of the American College of Radiology; an advisor to the RUC for the American Society of Neuroradiology; and a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Niekro Foundation.

Dr. Hirsch has a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed an internship in medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital; a residency/fellowship in radiology/neuroradiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; and a fellowship in interventional neuroradiology at Lahey Medical Center's Neurovascular Center.

Dr. Hirsch has been named one of America's Top Doctors and a Best of Boston physician for multiple years. He is a member of the Marquis Who's Who and a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and the Society of Interventional Radiology.

ResearchDr. Hirsch has multiple research interests and actively publishes in peer-reviewed literature. His research includes cerebrovascular disease and minimally invasive options to treat cerebrovascular conditions such as intracranial aneurysms (both ruptured and unruptured) and large vessel occlusion leading to stroke. As a result of this research, Dr. Hirsch has led the development of clinical guidelines for cerebrovascular disease.

Additionally, Dr. Hirsch has published extensively on socioeconomic issues, health care policy, interventional operations management, comparative effectiveness research, evidence-based clinical practice and pain. He authored one of the largest series in the peer-reviewed literature for the minimally invasive treatment of both malignant and benign vertebral compression fractures. 

Dr. Hirsch is a founding editor of the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery and has produced multiple podcasts in association with the publication.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Co-authored "A Critical Appraisal of 2007 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Practice Guidelines for Interventional Pain Management: An Independent Review Utilizing AGREE, AMA, IOM, and Other Criteria" (Pain Physician 2008; 11:291-310 - ISSN 1533-3159).

Co-authored "Review of Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines for Interventional Pain Management and Potential Implications" (Pain Physician 2008; 11:3:271-289 - ISSN 1533-3159).

Cancer survivor finds relief after months of debilitating pain

Albert Arillotta thought things couldn't get much worse after he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. But once it was treated, the real pain began.

Minimally invasive procedure eases back pain

Nucleoplasty, a minimally invasive, image-guided treatment performed by Dr. Joshua Hirsch at Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging brought relief to a local woman suffering from herniated disc pain.

Joshua A. Hirsch, MD, elected president of Society of Neurointerventional Surgery

The SNIS is a national organization of physicians who have special expertise in treating such conditions as stroke, aneurysms, carotid stenosis and spinal abnormalities through minimally invasive procedures.

Neurointerventional surgery journal accepted into Medline

The Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery (JNIS) has been accepted for inclusion in the Medline bibliographic database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Professional society names new editor-in-chief of multidisciplinary journal

Peer-reviewed medical journal on interventional pain management names Mass General radiologist as new editor-in-chief.

MGH patient finds relief after months of debilitating pain

Albert Arillotta did not think things could get much worse after he was diagnosed with cancer. A father of three children and an avid golfer, 52-year-old Arillotta enjoyed a healthy, active lifestyle until the day he received shocking news after a CT scan: he had kidney cancer.

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Phone: 617-726-1767
Fax: 617-726-3089

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Fax: 617-726-3089

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