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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
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Erythematosus
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vasculitis
View all 87 Specialties +


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About Elizabeth Kirchner, DNP

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

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

Undergraduate - Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH


  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Specialty Interests

adult and pediatric immunodeficiency states/autoimmune diseases

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

217 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 5

29 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2024

Despite not being seen by my rheumatologist, I was more than satisfied with the knowledge and care provided by Elizabeth Kirchner during my visit. She was very thorough and answered all of my questions. She also provided direction for follow-up tests.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2024

My only concern is the difficulty/delay in rescheduling appointments when my physicians are unavailable. I make appointments well in advance, but when cancellations take place it seems I have had to wait for weeks or months to be rescheduled. This has happened three times in the past two years.

Reviewed on May 8, 2024

Betsy is by far the best provider I've had, she always takes me seriously, includes me in decision making, and ensures I fully understand the information and steps to take

Reviewed on May 3, 2024

I do recommend Elizabeth but I wish she was a little more thoroughly with details

Reviewed on May 3, 2024

Elizabeth Kirchner is fantastic. She is so kind and caring. She put me at ease during my appointment. Always positive.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2024

Elizabeth Kirchner is always a pleasure to meet with. She is very professional and thorough with her questions and concerns.She was very helpful in assisting with some extra lab work that I needed and arranged for me to go to the lab right inside the building. It was very convenient and easy for me on that same day.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2024

It's always a pleasure to see a doctor at the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2024

Betsy is the epitome of world class care. She is very thorough and knowledgeable but treats her patients with kindness and respect. I can't say enough about how wonderful she is and how she actually listens to my concerns.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

My visit with Betty gave me a much better idea of what to expect with this disease. She was able to help give me perspective on outcomes as well as treatment options. Very helpful!

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2024

All my concerns were discussed and attended to. I'm fortunate to have such a kind compassionate providers care.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

She was very nice, explained everything to me. I would recommend her.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

The only reason I got an appointment with her was because my doctor's office called to get me in. The soonest I could get into Rheumatology was 3 1/2 months from the time of my diagnosis.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024

Excellent and experienced clinician. I felt very comfortable describing my symptoms. I agreed with her plan of care.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2024

I have had this condition for over 30 years. Betsy is the one the best providers I have encountered.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2024

Betsy listened to my concerns about the way an old injury was described in my chart, which I believed was incorrect. She actually took the time to look up the original injury in the UH records, agreed with my assessment after reading the description, and made a note of it in my chart. I really appreciated that.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2024

See last comment. Most doctors blow me off when I say that they don't really understand the injury. Betsy took my concern seriously.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2023

Very helpful. She read the xrays immediately which backed up her original hypothesis.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2023

Elizabeth took her time with me to really understand how I was feeling and make adjustments to the meds as needed.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

Betsy made my visit pleasant and beneficial. She's very thorough, and reviewed my current medications and explained their side effects.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

My doctor is really good at what she does, I can't say enough about the top notch care she gives. She takes her time and is very thorough .

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2023

I absolutely love Betsy. She took her time and listened to all of my questions and concerns and helped me understand what's going on and a treatment plan that made sense for me. I am very grateful for her!

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2023

Betsy Kirchner is very good at what she does.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

Elizabeth took her time with me to really understand what was going on. I didn't feel like the appointment was rushed. I felt good about our next steps.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2023

Betsy is always caring and informative. She works hard to provide me with the healthcare I want and need.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

Elizabeth Kirchner is very great at her job. She actually listens to you and what your issues are. Often times you come to the doctor and they ask you questions as a way to check if the box but Elizabeth actually cares about how you respond to the questions she asks you. She actually does an examination as well which I feel often in RA they do not and I very much appreciate her looking at my joints and suggesting how to better improve my overall feeling as it relates to my RA.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Betsy is extremely knowledgeable. She listened to all of my concerns and gave me good answers to my questions.

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

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