Dr. Erik Viirre is Adjunct Professor in the UCSD Departments of Neurosciences, Surgery and Cognitive Science. His clinical specialties are vertigo, balance problems and tinnitus. He treats people with disorders such as Migraine, Menieres Disease, Labyrinthitis and Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV). His interests include vision, hearing and the vestibular system and higher cognitive function. Dr. Viirre has done research for the National Institutes of Health, the United States Navy’s Office of Naval Research, DARPA and NASA. He is a consultant for groups such as the National Academy of Science and a variety of Virtual Reality technology companies. He has participated in a variety of start-up companies, including Zero G Corporation, and Otosound LLC, which is bringing to market technology for treatment of tinnitus that he developed and patented at UCSD.
Dr. Viirre received his Ph.D. in Neurophysiology in 1987 at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada and his M.D. in 1988. He completed a Rotating Internship at St. Josephs's Medical Center in London, Canada in 1989. After his internship in London, he was a fellow at the Robarts Research Institute in functional imaging and had an eye care practice. In 1994, Dr. Viirre was a Visiting Professor in Neurology and Ophthalmology at UCLA where he did a fellowship in Medical Neurotology, the management of inner ear disorders. In 1995-99 he was a Scientist at the Human Interface Technology Lab at the University of Washington. He was a Senior Scientist in the Human Performance Department of the US Navy’s Naval Health Research Center from 2001 to 2012 and is a member of the Clinical Investigation Department at Naval Medical Center San Diego as of 2012.