Department Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • General Rheumatology
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • AIDS & HIV
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Retroperitoneal Fibrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Vasculitis
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About Elizabeth Kirchner, CNP

Betsy Kirchner is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her under graduate degree in English Literature and Medieval Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. She is currently working towards her Doctor of Nursing Practice at The Ohio State University. 

Betsy has worked at the Cleveland Clinic since 2000 in the Immunology department. She provides care for patients with HIV, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, lupus, and psoriatic arthritis as well as other autoimmune inflammatory diseases. 

She is board-certified in Rheumatology Nursing and is on the Board of Directors of the Rheumatology Nurses Society. Betsy has published several articles and book chapters and has spoken at select national and international meetings. Her work-related areas of interest include vaccines and the effects of nutrition, activity and stress on autoimmune disease. 

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate - Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH USA


  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Specialty Interests

adult and pediatric immunodeficiency states/autoimmune diseases

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

70 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

4 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2017

She reviewed all my medications and caught the fact that I was taking a larger dose of calcium at one time than could be absorbed properly and suggested I get a smaller dosage. She told me a way to take Prednisone that might help me sleep better. She cautioned me that reducing the Prednisone dosage too quickly could result in a relapse and that I needed to be patient. She told me to schedule a bone scan with my primary care doctor and when to get blood tests during the next couple of months to monitor the PMR. All this was documented for me before I left her office. It was a very comprehensive appointment and almost every minute of it was valuable information for me.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2017

Elizabeth K is excellent! always listens to my questions, and answers them, if it's not her area of expertease refers me to who I should see. I appreciate her follow up as well. She has come over to the infusion area while I'm receiving my infusions to check on how I'm doing after I had some side effects the prior infusion. she also makes herself available via email/phone in case of an emergency.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2017

This was the first time I'd ever met Betsy, who was seeing me while my doctor was out of the country. I found her to be very personable and engaging and had a very pleasant appointment.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2017

I usually feel extremely dismissed by NP K.

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