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

Treatment & Services

  • Administration of Injectable Medications for Osteoporosis
  • Adult Rheumatology
  • Bone Density Testing
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cortisone Injections
  • Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA)
  • General Rheumatology
  • Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injections
  • Immunoglobulin Infusion
  • Immunology
  • Immunotherapy
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Infusions of Biologic Agents on Site
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation Center
  • Medical Management of Early Osteoarthritis
  • Medication Management
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Treatment for Joint Pain
  • Osteoporosis Diagnosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Rheumatology
  • Therapeutic Injections
  • Ultrasound-Guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 28 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • AIDS
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Arthritic Knee Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Hip
  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Autoinflammatory Syndromes
  • Behcet's Disease
  • Benign Hypermobility Joint Syndrome
  • Buerger's Disease
  • Bursitis
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Calcinosis
  • Central Nervous System Vasculitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis (Pseudo Gout)
  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome
  • Connective Tissue Diseases
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF)
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Gout
  • Gout Arthritis
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (Wegener’s)
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Problems
  • Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Pain
  • HIV
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Immunosuppression
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Iritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Lupus
  • Lupus Anticoagulant
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA)
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myositis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hips in the Elderly
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knees in the Elderly
  • Painful Joints
  • Palindromic Rheumatism
  • Panuveitis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Relapsing Polychondritis
  • Retroperitoneal Fibrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid-Induced Osteoporosis
  • Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
  • Systemic Lupus
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vasculitis
View all 90 Specialties +


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About Elizabeth Kirchner, CNP

Dr. Betsy Kirchner is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Medieval Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at The Ohio State University in 2020. 

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 co-President of the Rheumatology Advanced Practice Providers (RhAPP). 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 School - The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH USA

Graduate School - 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

211 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

24 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Betsy was absolutely wonderful. She heard me and that was so important to me. I needed to be heard. She understood exactly the way I was feeling

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2023

Betesy is one of the best. I trust her completely. She has been with me for sometime and I would not want anyone else to help handle my care.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

This was the best experience I've had at the Cleveland Clinic in several years. She was thorough and careful and spent the much needed time I needed. Very good visit

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2023

Very thorough and concerned doctor

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2023

Elizabeth Kirchner provides excellent care, she has the perfect balance of being knowledgeable and treating you with respect and compassion.

Reviewed on May 26, 2023

Very professional, intelligent provider who was thorough and very kind.

Reviewed on May 26, 2023

Explained each issue and how it relates as a whole. She listened to me

Reviewed on May 24, 2023

I loved the doctor - did not feel rushed. She was happy to answer any questions and was very friendly and caring.

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Betsy is an amazing rheumatology provider. The visit was excellent and makes a significant positive difference in my life, my ability to cope with my autoimmune disease, and my ability to function and hold a job with my medical condition.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2023

I went to Hillcrest for chest pain and was immediately seen. The nurses and Dr were courteous, and very compassionate.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2023

Betsy was incredible & one of the best healthcare professionals I've been to. She was so kind and helpful & listened very attentively. She genuinely wanted to help me find a solution/answers!

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2023

I loce her! Ahe is smarter than the doctors!

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

My provider was wonderful

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

Care provider was thorough and reviewed and discussed each symptom. She weighed each one to come up with our next step for the best course of action.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2023

I felt less stress as she explained what was going on

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2023

Betsy Kirchner was excellent! She listened to several of my questions & answered them all with patience & she was very informative.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2023

Dr Kirchner was very nice and is a caring person. I felt very comfortable with her. Excellent service.

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2023

She was absolutely one of the best doctors I've seen in many years, and I've been to alot of doctors.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

CPN handled the treatment in place of our doctor without issue.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Elizabeth Kitchner was excellent. She examined me thoroughly. She answered all my questions. She spent time with me. She is an excellent nurse practitioner.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

The nurse practitioner was very thorough and took time to answer my quesions.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

I felt Betsy was very thorough and listened to my problems. She is clearly very engaged in the process, thinks through the problem and tries to solve it.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

Betsy is an exceptional Nurse Practitioner. I cannot express how fortunate I feel to have her involved in my care.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

Elizabeth explain everything to me and put my mind at ease about the problems I have developed. I can't begin to tell you how relieved I was at the end of my appointment. She is a godsend.

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