Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine

Heather HirschDirector of Women’s Health Education at the Center for Women’s Health 

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Department of Internal Medicine/General Internal Medicine
CarePoint Upper Arlington Internal Medicine
1800 Zollinger Rd
Columbus, OH 43221

Within the Department of General Internal Medicine, Dr. Heather Hirsch’s research focuses on addressing clinical gaps in women’s health care spanning the woman’s lifetime with a clinical focus on contraception and menopause.

Long-acting contraception is often underutilized. She has put forward the idea that, by using an informative, short video which discusses the use of a long-acting contraception device, a doctor’s consultative surgery visit can be avoided, therefore shortening treatment time and also increasing patient satisfaction. This study is currently actively enrolling patients. 

She is also investigating if a patient-centered informational tool can help decrease over-screening of breast cancer in women over age 75. In addition, she is investigating metabolic changes associated with hormone therapy use and their relationship to improved glucose tolerance in menopausal women. 

Lastly, she has in interest in the use of hormone therapy and improved sleep in menopausal women, and hormone therapy use in women with BRCA mutations without cancer. 

Education and Training

Women’s Health Fellow: Cleveland Clinic 

Resident: Internal Medicine, University Hospitals Case Medical Center 

MD: SUNY Upstate Medical University 

MS: Cancer Research and Natural Sciences, Roswell Park Cancer Institute                                                                                                          

Professional Awards

OSU Wexner Medical Center FAMEPRO awardee for mentored short clinical projects competition

North American Menopause Society Medical Residents, Fellows In–Training Reporter Scholarship, September 2015 

American Medical Women’s Association Travel Award - 100th Annual Conference, April 2015

Cleveland Clinic Caregiver Appreciation Award, December 2014

Cleveland Clinic Caregiver Excellence Award in Teamwork, Employee Walk-In Clinic, October 2014

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine University Hospitals Case Medical Center & Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center - Ambulatory Excellence Award, May 2014

Syracuse University: Women’s Studies Award of High Distinction, May 2004

Syracuse University Remembrance Scholar, 2003-2004

Ruth Meyer Undergraduate Scholar & Renee Crown Honors for Research Funding; 2003 & 2004

Abstracts and Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“A SERM Based Treatment Approach to Menopause:  Welcome to the ‘Designer Estrogens.’ ” H Hirsch, E Fitzgerald, H Thacker.  Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. 2017. June; 84(6). 463-470.

“Medical Managmenet of Urinary Incontience in Women.” H Hirsch, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine 2017. Feb; 84(2) 151-158.

“Osteoporosis for the female patient.” H Hirsch, A Sikon, H Thacker. Clinical Reproductive Medicine and Surgery-3rd edition. Publication  2016.

“Perimenopause Treatment Guidebook.”  H Hirsch, Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland OH, 2015.

“Update:  A Review of Women’s Health Fellowships; Their Role in Interdisciplinary Health Care, and the Need for Accreditation.” H Hirsch, Journal of Women’s Health. 2015 May;24(5):336-40 Epub 2015 Apr 17.