"You can write a lot of papers and do a lot of studies, but I like to think that our best contribution has been the training of young men and women." Read more about the life of Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner

A Devoted Doctor; A Renowned Mentor

Mitch Smith of the Tribune discusses the life and achievements of Dr. Kirsner as well as his devotion to the field, his patients, colleagues, and students. Read about the renowned professor who loved his patients

Chicago Tribune Pays Tribute

Dr. Kirsner helped establish the Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation, which supports the University of Chicago in GI research. Here's GIRF's tribute to Dr. Kirsner

GIRF Tribute to Dr. Kirsner

Few if any physicians have had a broader and more positive impact than Joe Kirsner on thousands of patients, students and professional colleagues.

Kenneth S. Polonsky, M.D.
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, Division of the Biological Sciences
Dean, Pritzker School of Medicine
Richard T. Crane Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine

He was also an extraordinary mentor, albeit a demanding one. He was entirely devoted to the care of the patient, and he expected that same level of passion and commitment from the entire team.

Stephen B. Hanauer, M.D.
Joseph B. Kirsner Professor of Medicine
Professor of Clinical Pharmacology
Chief, Section of Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Although he was a devoted scientist, taking care of patients was always at the core of his thinking. He was a bulldog when it came to fighting for his patients, and he transmitted that tenacity to everyone on his team.

David T. Rubin, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Co-Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Associate Section Chief for Educational Programs

Dr. Kirsner taught countless young doctors the importance of compassion, respect, and instillation of hope in those whom came seeking our help. His tireless efforts to relieve human suffering may be his most long-lasting legacy and are multiplied many-fold by those young physicians who have subsequently taught his lessons to their students, who in-turn have continued his cause.

Russell D. Cohen, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Co-Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Co-Director, Advanced IBD Fellowship Program

He was here for two lifetimes. He’s an icon in the field. Everyone knows him. He’s been a key player nationwide for so long that even those who have worked with him for decades only know pieces of his career. I’m not sure where the field would be without him. He was at the beginning of everything.

Eugene Chang, M.D.
Martin Boyer Professor of Medicine
Associate Section Chief for Research