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University of Pittsburgh Medical School Pittsburgh, PA Abington Memorial Hospital Abington, PA
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Dr. Hirsch is a board certified neurotologist, a surgeon specializing in treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the temporal bone and skull base. These areas include the ear canal and middle ear, posterior and middle fossae and cranial nerves. Dr. Hirsch provides treatment via traditional surgery, and also through CyberKnife, a robotic radiosurgery device that minimizes the risk of injury to sensitive tissues.
Dr. Hirsch received his medical training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, followed by residencies at Abington Memorial Hospital (in suburban Philadelphia) and at UPMC. He was on the teaching faculty at Georgetown University In Washington D.C. and returned to UPMC for fellowship training in otology and neurotology. Dr. Hirsch also pursued additional fellowship training at University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Hirsch is the Director of Otology in the Department of Otolaryngology at the UPMC.
Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and are displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.
Total Comments: 138
I experienced an adverse reaction during the debridement of my ear. Dr. Hirsch was very attentive and sensitive to this. He addressed the situation appropriately and developed a strategy to avoid this problem in the future. Dr. Hirsch even called me the next evening (on a Saturday) to see how I was feeling and if further treatment was needed.
I have great confidence in Dr. Hirsch in doing what is best for me.
Dr Hirsch is the most wonderful doctor. He is compassionate, caring, gentle, and very attentive to patient needs!! I recommend him to everyone, having ear issues. His staff is wonderful and friendly, and always willing to answer questions! I always look forward to my visits with him!!
Dr Hirsch has amazing patient provider repore. I believe that is reflected in his expectations for his staff also.
Dr. Hirsch and his staff provide outstanding service and provide all of the care I required.
Dr. Hirsch has saved my lifelong ear problem. I am so thankful I found him. He is caring and listens to my concerns. I even broke down and cried and both he and he PA were wonderful in how they treated me.
Dr. Barry Hirsch did ear surgery on me in October, 2010. I was almost totally deaf and couldn't hear very well with my hearing aids. The surgery he performed gave me a whole new lease on life. The titanium implant emits sound to my hearing aid and I have heard better than I previously had been able to for several years. Dr. Barry Hirsch is the "Best of the Best!"
dr. Hirsch is the most caring and understanding doctor! he's the best!!!!
We drive 5 hours to see Dr. Hirsch so I think that is a sign of how we think of him and the ear center!
Dr. Hirsch is an excellent ENT. Very personable and friendly. It is evident that he cares about his patients!
Dr. Hirsch is great, he considered all aspects of my health.
I have seen many years and I have never had any problems with Dr. Hirsch. I find him to be a very dedicated and extremely competent.
Have consistently had good experiences with Dr. Hirsch's office throughout diagnosis, treatment, and follow-ups. Time spent in the waiting room has never been prolonged, for which I am very appreciative!
I am a retired pharmaceutical salesman. I called on ENTs for 30 years. I have known Dr. Hirsch since he was a resident. He has been my I am a retired hospital pharmaceutical representative. I called upon ENTs for 30 years. I have known Dr.Hirsch since he was a resident. He has been my Otologist since the early 1990s. I feel that Dr.Hirsch is one of the most capable doctors that I have ever known. He is one of the main reasons that your ENT department is among the best in the country.
I am very happy with my experience with this provider.
Dr Hirsch has been the best doctor fit my child. He actually was the one that answered the questions e had concerning my son
Dr Hirsch and his Fellow were very in tune. I trust Dr Hirsch with the care of my ears.
Very responsive and careful.
I appreciate the concern and kindness that is shown.
This was for a hearing test for a cochlear implant, not really medical. I can say that I am very pleased with every detail that Dr. Hirsch and the staff at UPMC Oakland provided. I could not ask for more attention and care.
This visit was a very positive experience in every way
Dr. Hirsch is wonderful. He is highly skilled and takes time with you to ensure the best results.
The only 2 health providers that I saw were Dr. Hirsch and his fellow, Nick. Both were excellent and thorough.
This physician is amazing and the only reason I muddled through this survey. This survey is difficult due to the constant change in position to answer a question.
I look forward to my visits with Dr. Hirsch and his staff. The almost 3 hour drive is worh it for the compassion and care that the team gives.
Everyone was very nice, friendly and helpful
Considering the surgery, all is good.
Being this was my initial visit, I have no real opinion as to quality of care, as we are still in the discovery portion of my issues.
Dr. Barry Hirsch is excellent in every way.
The Doctor's office scheduled the visit immediately after my MRI so I would know the results as soon as possible. That was very thoughtful and considerate and very much appreciated.
Dr Hirsch is the best!!
Dr. Hirsch is the best Doctor I have ever experienced. His professionalism and care and concern for his patients is far above any doctor I have ever come in contact with, I recommend him all the time. His staff and associates are also top notch.
I came to UPMC to see my internist, Dr. Mark Roberts, who noticed a fluid build-up in my ear. He called Dr. Hirsch to see if he could check it. I was delighted that Dr. Hirsch saw me promptly, diagnosed, and treated the problem. I received excellent care.
Dr. Hirsch is an excellent physician. He has saved my hearing by his skill. I have been seeing him for many years. He is the best.
Doctor was great. Professional, friendly and helpful. I would recommend him to anyone!
Dr. Hirsch answered all my questions about my hearing loss and possible purchase of a hearing aid. I am very pleased that I now understand the information on my hearing test.
They were thorough. I appreciated the time and advice I received from Dr. Hirsch. I have a level of confidence in him that I don't have in other doctors that I have seen about this condition.
Dr. Hirsh was a good provider and probably spent the most time researching my issue. This is in comparison to other providers I have seen for this same issue. The issue is not resolved but at this point I can take charge of the issue and just deal with it for now. I recognize not every illness can be found or has a cure.
I love Dr Hirsch and he is a wonderful Doctor!!!!
An outstanding physician; I would not go to anyone else.
all my care providers are excellent I have recommended Dr. Hirsh to many people with hearing problems.
Dr. Hirsch is an excellent practitioner who provides exceptional care to his patients. During my appointment, he takes as much time as needed to address all my concerns. I was referred to him as he specializes in the surgery I needed to remove tumors from my ear. I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Hirsch as my surgeon and physician.
I come every 18 mos. for MRI to check any change in bilateral acoustic neuroma. The MRI is scheduled approx. 2 hrs. before the appt. w/Dr. Hirsch. Everything ALWAYS goes VERY SMOOTHLY. Dr. Hirsch is very knowledgeable & speaks clearly.
Dr. Hirsch is such a competent, caring and compassionate provider, he is a pleasure to work with.
Dr. Barry Hirsch, ENT specialist, deserves the highest respect for his knowledge & ability to CURE chronic ear problems. He has treated both my deceased mother & myself over many years.
Love Dr. Hirsch! Wonderful experience!
Dr. Hirsch cleared an ear infection when other Doctors were unable to clear the infection. Dr. Hirsch is an excellent physician.
Always a great experience when seeing Dr. Hirsch
I HAD THE BEST POSSIBLE CARE------THE DOCTOR WAS VERY SYMPATHETIC TO MY NEEDS AND THE TREATMENT WAS THE VERY BEST .i WAS COMPLETELY SATISFIED WITH MY TREATMENT.
Tumors are never fun to have and mine destroyed the hearing in my left year. I am so thankful that my Doctor in Hermitage sent me to UPMC and Dr. Hirsch. He gave me excellent care, solved the problem when my body kept rejecting an ear drum, and restored my hearing. Thru this 4 year battle Dr. Hirsch and his staff kept my spirits up, answered my questions, and provided the best care anyone could ask for. I didn't choose hearing loss but I would choose UPMC Ear Nose and Throat Institute any day.
We have been coming from Maryland to see Dr. Seung Kim for 5 years. He performed surgery on me and was excellent. He recommended Dr. Hirsch and I am very happy with him and his staff. I will continue to come to UPMC. It might be a 5 hour drive but everyone is helpful and thorough!! I can't say enough good things about Dr. Kim and his staff. I'm just as happy with Dr. Hirsch! I'm also having surgery with Dr. Chueng who also is impressive. Great Job UPMC!!!
Dr Hirsch is the excellent. He is always listening to your concerns and doesnt rush you or just say ok well thats normal. Never has he ever done that. Dr. Hirsch is fabulous!!
The ones not answered do not apply Dr. Hirsch and his staff take excellent care of me
Dr. Hirsch is the best.
I really like Dr. Hirsh
As always everything is always good. Our ride takes us almost 2 hours and the staff is excellent.
Dr. Hirsch spent additional time discussing a problem outside the scope of his field.
Dr. Hirsch is very sensitive and responsive to the care needs as expressed by my wife and myself.
Dr Hirsch is extraordinary. He has excellent recall and has a gift with explaining medical details in understandable terms.
Dr. Hersh is an excellent doctor. He takes his time to explain everything to you. I feel very fortunate to have been one of his patience.
I'm very pleased with Dr Hirsch and his assistant.I will be gaving a surgical procedure performed by Dr Hirsch and look forward to having my issues/problems with my ear corrected.
this was my best interaction with Dr. Hirsch. I felt that his communication was clear and that he showed concern for my condition and ned for further care.
Very professional and everyone in the office treated my wife and I well.
Dr. Hirsch and Justin always take great care of me and this visit was no different.
Dr. Barry Hirsch was very thorough in his explanation of my problem and solution
In my experience, Dr. Hirsch is an outstanding care provider. Intelligent, articulate and sensitive he is the embodiment of what a Doctor should be. What a refreshing pleasure!
Dr. Barry Hirsch and his staff are the most talented, professional and compassionate providers I have ever met. I trust him completely with my complicated medical history/care. He listens to every concern and addresses them accordingly. Top notch doctor.
always on time and does not rush my apt time
I am very happy to be a patient of Barry Hirsch, M.D. I find him and his staff to be courteous and responding well to questions I have had during exams. I understand that in an academic hospital setting medical situations with patients can cause delays in being seen on time. However, if I were a patient who would require extra time, I would like to know that my doctor would take the time for me. In short, I don't mind having had to wait for more than 15 minutes on my latest visit.
DR HIRSCH IS ONE OF THE KINDEST, MOST COMPASSIONATE DOCTORS I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. HE IS ALWAYS PERSONABLE AND SEES THE WHOLE INDIVIDUAL INSTEAD OF JUST THE PROBLEM AT HAND. HE IS AN AMAZING SURGEON AND I TRUST HIM WHOLEHEARTEDLY, THAT HE HAS MY VERY BEST INTEREST IN MIND WHEN HE IS DEVELOPING A CARE PLAN FOR ME.
I am extremely pleased with my visit and very glad I again chose to make the trip to UPMC for care
Dr. Hirsch is a very caring provider
I had what felt like a grave concern and my questions as well as my physical complaint were alleviated.
I went to Dr. Hirsch for a second opinion for my condition. He took the time to talk and discuss with me the condition and treatment options. He listened to my questions and took an empathetic approach to answering me. He exceeded all expectations.
This Provider and Associates are very Good. My husband and I loved them all.
He is a great doctor
Dr Barry Hirsch has been very professional and caring about my problems I have recommended him to family and friends
Dr. Barry Hirsch is my favorite doctor. He is very understanding and considerate. I give Dr. Barry Hirsch as "10".
Dr. Hirsch was extremely competent and personable. He was informative, positive and spoke in terms a layman could understand. Just terrific!
Both Dr. Hirsch and the female resident that I saw were wonderful. Kind, compassionate and very helpful.
This is the first time I saw Dr. Hirsch although I have been a patient of U of Pitt Physicians- Dept of Otolaryngology (Oakland/Shadyside) for the last 30 years. All of the doctors are exceptional!
Dr Hirsch is kind, caring and compassionate. He is also wise and excellent medical knowledge. Explains things in a way that is simple
assistant relayed information about a recent concern and the physician addressed it immediately and gave me instructions for any more future episodes.
My experiences can only be considered Excellent.
Many of the questions on this page do not pertain to a hearing test. I travel from Alexandria va to see Dr Hirst
Dr. Barry Hirsch is my guardian angel - I am in the best of hands in his care. He is very personable, pleasant, and caring. He listens to what I have to say.
Having visited many ENT over the years I find Dr. Hirsch at the top of the list. He explains the issues to us so we understand as well as making recommendations that make sense with my hearing /ear health issues.
All good experiences thrughout exams, surgery, and care.
I was very pleased with the care and concerns provided by Dr. Hirch. I trust that I will continue to be under the care of Dr. Hirch (hope I spelled his name correctly). I respect his professional advice and care.
As always, very great care. Wonderful doctor and his staff. We always arrive early since we drive 100 miles. The office is comfortable and staff keeps us informed
Dr Hirsch is very professional and shows concern for my illness. He is an asset for UPMC!
Due to his care, Dr Hirsch changed my life so I can hear again. he is a very caring and great human being who is a very down to earth persaon!
He makes you feel comfortable. A good listener. An excellent doctor in my opinion.
I was not feeling well during my last visit which was post operative evaluation, so the positive reenforcement and encouraging words were very much appreciative and welcomed.
This Doctor saved my hearing as well a prevented possibly devastating future brain injury by finding and removing the growth in my ear.
I had to bring my infant son with me to the appointment, and all service providers did everything they could to make me comfortable with having him there including: allowing me to nurse him during my hearing test, finding his lost pacifier strap, and positioning him in a way that allowed him to have a direct line of sight to me during my procedure. Kudos to all of you!
Dr. Hirsch is a very qualified caregiver and very concerned with my health
This was not something I was expecting, the Doctor and his staff really helped to keep my fears at bay
Dr. Hirsch provided me with FANTASTIC care. When my accident happened over a week ago he came in to the hospital prepared to operate on a Saturday and then came back to check on me in person on Sunday. I am VERY IMPRESSED with his attention and concern for patients. I do not see this very often. I wish all doctors were like him!!!! You have a GREAT Doctor working for you.
I am just very grateful that the Tympanoplasty that Dr. Hirsch performed was successful and hearing and healing is taking place in my left ear. From the pre-op, surgery and post pop visits Dr. Hirsch and his staff have been outstanding. You know you have a good doctor with positive feedback from the staff and everyone at Montefiore that I had encountered. Hearing music in my right hear for the first time in 7 years is pretty amazing. Thanks to all!
Very respectful man
All the care providers were great.
I adore Dr. Hirsch and his office is wonderful. I have every confidence that he will be able to help me, I haven't thought that about a doctor in awhile. I'll be a little sad when I don't need to make an appointment with him because I think the world of him as an ear doctor.
Dr. Hirsch always runs on time and you are not left waiting for a long time. He is very caring and understanding. An absolute asset to UPMC. We are so glad that we were referred to him years ago.
I was very pleased with my visit and especially appreciated the extra effort required to research my surgical record from 1993 in order to address a concern that I had.
always good!! his concern for my health as a patient has always been superior to any dr I see. I feel blessed that I have had Dr Hirsch caring for me over the years.
With Dr. Hirsch's treatment, he has changed my life for the better. I can now hear things I haven't been able to since I was a young kid!
he is an excellent physician
While discussing scheduling for acoustic neuroma surgery the "real" fire alarm activated...interesting course of events during that appointment. I exited the building and later returned to the office to complete the paper work. Wondering if the event was divine intervention? Anyway Dr. Hirsch and staff were calm and reassuring while exiting the building. Divine intervention will have to be determined at a later date!
Shortly after my visit I happened to run into a former co-worker who's wife was having an ear problem. I recommended Dr. Hirsch and have recommended him many times in the past. I have complete confidence in his skill and judgement.
Very friendly, courteous, down-to-earth, yet professional person (people).
I normally drive an hour or more to see dr. Hirsch. he's that good. I have had ear problems my entire life, he has been very helpful.
Dr. Hirsch is a professional and he fills the role in every area of his professional expertise!
I am moving out of state and Dr. Hirsch took the time to find me a healthcare provider in another state. Not only did he take the time to locate a comparable position, he also called and emailed me the information. Amazing caring physician!!!
DR HIRSCH IS SUCH A KIND AND CARING DOCTOR. HE LISTENS AND EXPLAINS CONDTIONS IN A CLEAR AND CONCISE MANOR. HE TAKES TIME TO ALLOW PATIENTS TO EXPRESS THEIR CONCERNS AND ASK QUESTIONS. HE GIVES A DEFINITIVE PLAN OF CARE. HE IS AN EXCELLENT DOCTOR
Dr. Hirsh is a VERY competent doctor and trustworthy!
Dr. Barry Hirsh , Is a great doctor would recommend him to everyone.
It has been a very good experience relating to Dr Hirsch and all the staff. I can't say enough good things about everyone. Dr Hirsch always seems so cool, calm and collected. My experience with him has been very positive. He radiates kindness and compassion. I knew without a doubt that I was in very good hands.
Very pleased with service provided.Wonderful Doctor. Very happy to have him for my hearing problems.
Very thorough exam and analysis.
Dr. Hirsch was very kind, very gentle and was extremely careful to let me know what was going on at every point. His Resident, Shannon, likewise was great.
My issue, even though it was merely a coincidence, started with a story about a bug in my ear. It was nice that the doctor found time to make a joke about it. I like a doc with a sense of humor.
Dr. Hirsch saw me without a scheduled appointment. he fit me in his busy schedule and spent a lot of time with me to make sure I understood my condition and my options. he also personally called me the following day to see if I had and questions. he is the leader in his field and I would not consider another provider in the field of ENT.
Dr. Hirsch is a very kind and caring physician.
I was very impressed with Dr. Hirsch. Not only is he a wonderful doctor, but he is a compassionate person as well. You don't find too many doctors like that anymore.
My husband and I had a joint appointment. Dr. Hirsch was very accommodating and made the experience of seeing a doctor fun for both of us (even if we will both need hearing aids to hear each other). Office staff was just as friendly and welcoming.
Dr. Hirsch was very clear and understandable in his evaluation of my condition and the recommended treatment. He was also very attentive to my questions and concerns. His demeanor was very comforting and reassuring.
Made me feel very comfortable in the hearing testing booth.
I was very impressed with everyone at the Eye & Ear Center. At every step in the process, I was told where to go, escorted there, explanations were forthcoming, everyone from the receptionists to Dr. Hirsch were courteous and empathetic. Very good experience.
Dr. Hirsh fully explained the positives and the potential downside of having surgery to me and my family. He took his time to make sure that I could hear his explanations.
I found Dr. Hirsch to be very informative and interested in helping me and my specific health concerns.
Have been a pt. of Dr. Hirsch since 1986--Through many surgeries, I have found him to be very professional and caring. Have recommended his services to many friends and will continue to do so.
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