Marc A. Kirschner M.D.

Marc A. Kirschner M.D.
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  • English
  • French


  • Neurology


Dr. Kirschner serves as Northwest Hospital Neurology Clinic Chief and is a UW clinical associate professor. He is expert in the evaluation and care of patients with disorders of the nervous system.

Dr. Kirschner obtained his undergraduate degree in Physics from Middlebury College, and obtained his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University. He completed his first and second years of residency in internal medicine at Brown University (RIH) and Tufts University (Bay State MC). He went on to study Neurology at McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute.

He began a post-doctoral fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Yale University and then received the Physician-Investigator Development Award from NIH. He contributed to the molecular characterization of several excitatory amino acid transporters including their chromosomal localization while at the Vollum Institute and Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.

He continued to serve as clinical faculty at Yale and then OHSU where he was appointed assistant professor. He began full time work as a clinical neurologist after moving to Seattle and Northwest Hospital in 1997.

He is board-certified in neurology and has expertise in the care of stroke and other severe neurological disease as well as general outpatient neurology.

Additional services include the application of electrophysiological studies (EMG and nerve conduction tests) for the investigation of neuromuscular disease, and EEG interpretation.

 He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. 

Patient Care Philosophy

My father was an accomplished clinician and I have tried to follow in his footsteps. While neurology has evolved rapidly since I began my training, and offers tremendous new benefits for the care of people with nervous system disease, it is not enough to just master the complex intellectual aspects of this field. Understanding our patients beyond their diagnoses, and learning about them as people remain the foundations of good neurological care.

Clinical Interests

General Neurology


Institution Credential Year
Case Western Reserve University Medical education
Brown University Internship
Tufts University School of Medicine Internship
McGill University SOM, Undergraduate Medical Education Residency
Yale University School of Medicine Fellowship
Degree Institution Year
MD Case Western Reserve University 1982

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology Neurology 1988