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Joshua A. Hirsch, MD

Vice Chair and Service Line Chief of Interventional Radiology

Director, Endovascular/Interventional Neuroradiology and Co-director, Neuroendovascular Program

Chief, NeuroInterventional Spine Service

  • 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
Accepting New Patients


Joshua Hirsch, MD, is director of Endovascular/InterventionalNeuroradiology; chief of the NeuroInterventional Spine Service; co-director ofthe Neuroendovascular Program; vice chair of Interventional Radiology andassociate professor at Harvard Medical School. He has extensive experience in diagnosis,management and treatment of cerebrovascular disease including aneurysms, AVMs,dural arteriovenous fistulas, pre-operative tumor embolization and treatment ofhead/neck lesions including epistaxis. He is a specialist in minimally invasivespine surgery, acute stroke treatment with thrombolysis and stroke preventionusing carotid and vertebral artery angioplasty and stenting.

Dr. Hirsch has published over 300 papers and many chapters inpeer-reviewed literature and is a founding editor of the Journal ofNeuroInterventional Surgery. He is vice president of the American Society ofSpine Radiology and on the board of the American Society of Interventional PainPhysicians and the Society for Injectable Osteoarticular Biomaterials. He ispast president of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery and treasurer ofits foundation; an active member and fellow of the American College ofRadiology and the Society of Interventional Radiology; an advisor to the RUCfor the American Society of Neuroradiology; and member of the Niekro Foundation?sMedical Advisory Board.

Dr. Hirsch has a medical degreefrom the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed aninternship in medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital; a residency/fellowship inradiology/neuroradiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; anda fellowship in interventional neuroradiology at Lahey Medical Center'sNeurovascular Center.

Dr. Hirsch has been named one ofAmerica's Top Doctors and a Best of Boston physician for multiple years. He isa member of the Marquis Who's Who and was recently awarded the 100 designationfrom the MGH's Cancer Center.

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

Dr. Hirsch's research includes many important projects related to percutaneous augmentation. He has authored one of the largest series in the peer-reviewed literature for the minimally invasive treatment of both malignant and benign vertebral compression fractures.  Most recently, he has focused on futuristic elements such as treatment of new sites and new theories of treatment.  Concurrently, Dr. Hirsch has been very active in defining standards for systematic reviews and meta-analyses in interventional pain management (IPM).  To that end, he has published extensively in the IPM space. 

Additionally, Dr. Hirsch has published extensively on socioeconomic issues, health care policy, interventional operations management, comparative effectiveness research and evidence-based clinical practice. 

Dr. Hirsch is a founding editor of the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, has served on the editorial board on many prestigious journals and has produced multiple podcasts in association with these various publications.

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.

NeuroInterventional Radiology
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

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

NeuroInterventional Radiology
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

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

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