Ezgi Tiryaki, MD, Dr. med.

Professor, Department of Neurology

Ezgi Tiryaki

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-629-7771

MD, Hannover Medical School, Germany

Residency in Internal Medicine and Neurology, Indiana University School of Medicine

Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology, Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. med., Hannover Medical School

Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching, Georgetown University, graduation 2022

AAMC GME Leadership Development Certificate, 2018

Harvard Macy Institute Program for Innovation in Healthcare and Education, 2016

Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM), 2015

Rothenberger Leadership Academy, former Emerging Physicians Leadership Program or EPLP, Cohort I, 2008-2011


Dr. Ezgi Tiryaki is a practicing neurologist specializing in ALS and the Associate Chief of Staff for Education at the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System. Prior to joining the VA, Dr. Tiryaki was the University of Minnesota’s Neurology Residency Program Director and a formal Faculty Advisor to dozens of medical students. As an educator who creates an environment of honesty, trust and inquiry, she was inducted into the University’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Dr. Tiryaki holds a medical degree and doctorate from Hannover Medical School in Germany and completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Neurology and a fellowship in Neurophysiology at Indiana University. She has a total of five board certifications (Internal Medicine, Neurology, EMG, Neuromuscular Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. She has led highly specialized interprofessional teams at ALS Centers of Excellence at HCMC and the Minneapolis VA for over a decade.

Dr. Tiryaki’s current focus at the VA is to improve educational resources and the trainee experience in the clinical learning environment. As a result of institutional data and learner feedback, she has promoted the development of upstander training for educators and learners to successfully address harassment. She advances interprofessional education through community building across all health professions and facilitates collaborative relationships with the University of Minnesota and health professions schools.

She was appointed as one of three faculty to lead the University’s Rothenberger Leadership Academy: A longitudinal, cohort-based training program for physicians that are recognized as emerging leaders for MHealth Fairview and the medical school. Dr. Tiryaki also developed a dedicated year-long, 12-module, physician development curriculum for early career faculty and teaches the Foundations of Leadership Excellence (FLE) program in partnership with the Office of Faculty Affairs. Her guiding principle is to strengthen self-reflection, leadership and coaching skills in medical educators and learners. Her mission is to empower her patients and learners to grow, find purpose, and take charge of their lives.


  • Multidisciplinary care for people & caregivers affected by ALS
  • EMG
  • Medical Education
  • Leadership development and coaching

Awards & Recognition

  • Member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers of the University of Minnesota (ADT)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN)
  • A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
  • Kennedy Teaching Award of the University of Minnesota Neurology Department


  • English
  • German
  • Turkish



Cullen MJ, Zhang C, Mustapha T, Tiryaki E, Benson B, Konia M, Sackett PR, Culican SM. Development of a taxonomy of unprofessional behavior in clinical learning environments using learner-generated critical incidents. Med Teach. 2021 May 11:1-9. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2021.1918331

Gugger JJ, Reoma LB, Soni M, Olson V, Tiryaki E, Noble JM; AAN Undergraduate Education Subcommittee. Residency Training: A practical guide for medical students who are planning a future in neurology. Neurology. 2020 Apr 14;94(15):673-677. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000009247.

Horak H, Englander R, Barratt D, Kraakevik J, Soni M, Tiryaki E; UES subcommittee of the AAN. Entrustable professional activities: A useful concept for neurology education. Neurology. 2018 Feb 13;90(7):326-332. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000004947.

Tiryaki E, Horak HA. ALS and other motor neuron diseases. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2014 Oct;20(5 Peripheral Nervous System Disorders):1185-207. doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000455886.14298.a4.


Board Certifications

  • Diplomate, Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine (Subspecialty of ABPN)
  • Diplomate, Neuromuscular Medicine (Subspecialty of ABPN)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)



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