Michio Hirano, MD

Board Certifications: 
Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine
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Overview

Dr. Hirano received his B.A. from Harvard College and M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. At the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), he did his neurology residency training and a post-doctoral fellowship in neuromuscular genetics under Drs. Salvatore DiMauro and Eric Schon.

Currently, Dr. Hirano serves as Chief of the Neuromuscular Division, Co-Director of the CUMC Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic, and Director of the H. Houston Merritt Center for Muscular Dystrophy and Related Diseases. He evaluated patients with myopathies and other neuromuscular disorders.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoneural Disorder
  • Myopathy
  • Neurometabolic Disorder
  • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Neuromuscular junction disorders

Academic Appointments

  • Lucy G. Moses Professor of Neurology

Administrative Titles

  • Chief, Division of Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Director, H. Houston Merritt Clinical Research Center
  • Medical Director, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics/Laboratory of Metabolic and Mitochondrial Disease

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Gender

  • Male

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Location(s)

710 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
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Aetna

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Affinity Health Plan

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Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)

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Local 1199

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MagnaCare (National)

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Medicare

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MVP Health Care

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Oxford Health Plans

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United Health Care

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VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth

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WellCare

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Neurology
  • Neuromuscular Medicine

Honors & Awards

America's Best Doctors

Elected member of the American Neurological Association

Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology

Research

Dr. Hirano's research focuses on mitochondrial diseases and genetic myopathies. He is participating in the clinical trial of idebenone for MELAS patients. Together with Co-Principal Investigators, Drs. Salvatore DiMauro and J.L.P (Seamus) Thompson, Dr. Hirano is co-directing the North American Mitochondrial Disease Consortium (NAMDC).

Dr. Hirano serves on the NIH Therapeutic Approaches to Genetic Diseases (TAG) study section, Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Scientific Advisory Board of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

Research Interests

  • Investigations of mutations of mitochondrial DNA in human cardiomyopathies
  • Molecular biology of neuromuscular disorders
  • Positional cloning techniques applied to autosomal disorders affecting the mitochondrial genome