Francis Tirol

Francis Tirol, MD is an attending neurologist and the director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. In addition, he is an associate professor of Neurology at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He previously served as an attending neurologist and director of the EMU at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.

Dr. Tirol is board certified in Neurology with added certification in Clinical Neurophysiology. At MGUH, he is the associate program director of the Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship program where he provides clinical and academic instruction to fellows, residents, and medical students.

Dr. Tirol is a participant in the MedStar Health Teaching Scholar Program where he is engaged in medical education research in transitions care of youth with special health care needs. He has participated in several industry-sponsored clinical trials as a principal and co-investigator. As a clinical instructor and fellow in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, he was the recipient of a National Epifellows (NEF) research grant.

Dr. Tirol serves on the professional advisory boards of the DC and Maryland chapters of the Epilepsy Foundation of America. He is an active participant in the Q-Pulse panel of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) and is a member of the epilepsy section of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). Additionally, he serves as a peer reviewer for Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, the official journal of the EEG and Neuroscience Society (ECNS).   Dr. Tirol has been an invited lecturer to local and regional meetings of professional societies including the Maryland Epilepsy Group and the Ammon’s Horn Society.

Dr. Tirol received his undergraduate (cum laude) and medical degrees from Georgetown University. He completed his internship and residency in Neurology at NYU Medical Center and continued his training in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Research Interests

  • Transitions care for youth/young adults with special health care needs
  • Drug-resistant epilepsy
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Imaging in epilepsy
  • Innovations in medical education

Selected Publications

Tirol F. Fixation-off sensitivity (FOS) or scotosensitivity after embolic strokes of the parietal and occipital regions. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience. May 2017.

Haneef Z, Tirol F. Surgical Evaluation. In: Haneef Z, Maheshwari A, eds. A concise manual of epilepsy. Charleston: Epilepsy Board, 2014: 99-106.

Spitzer K, Tirol F, Fried I, Engel J, Salamon N. Diffusion tensor imaging correlates with hippocampal sclerosis and anterior temporal lobe T2 signal change in pharmacoresistant epilepsy. International Journal of Epilepsy. June 2014.  

  • Research Areas
  • Medical Education