Dr. Birns received his B.A. at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1971 and his medical degree with honors in 1975 at the University of Southern California School of Medicine (USC).
He interned in medicine and was a Head & Neck surgery resident from 1975-1980 at UCLA Center for the Health Sciences, completed his residency and became board-certified in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in 1980.
From 1980 until 1984, Dr. Birns served as full-time faculty at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and is a charter member of ASPO, the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Dr. Birns is a clinical Professor of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery at the USC School of Medicine, and has served as a visiting clinical Assistant Professor at UCLA.
Dr. Birns is a diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, a specialty fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a member of the Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children, the American Broncho-Esophagological Association, the Los Angeles County Medical Association, California Medical Association, and the Los Angeles Pediatric Society.
Dr. Birns is on the medical staff of Providence Tarzana Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.