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Department Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • 24-Hour Esophageal pH Test
  • 48-hour Bravo Esophageal pH Test
  • Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC)
  • Blood Tests
  • Cancer Screening
  • Clinical Gastroenterology
  • Colonoscopy
  • Egd
  • Endoscopy
  • Enteral Nutrition
  • Esophageal Band Ligation
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Hydrogen Breath Test
  • Ileoscopy
  • Intestinal Transplant
  • Lactose and Glucose Hydrogen Breath Test
  • Nasojejunal Tube Placement
  • Outpatient Care
  • Parenteral Nutrition
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Polypectomy
  • Small Bowel Transplant
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy
  • Variceal Band Ligation
View all 26 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Anemia
  • Avoiding Dehydration, Proper Hydration
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Celiac Disease (Celiac Sprue)
  • Clostridium Difficile Colitis
  • Collagenous Colitis
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulosis
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis
  • Esophagitis
  • Failure To Thrive
  • Food Allergies
  • Food Borne Illness
  • Gas (Digestive)
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • GI Motility Disorders
  • Heliocobactor Pylori
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Malabsorption
  • Malnutrition
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Microscopic Colitis
  • Obesity
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth
  • Small Bowel Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
View all 36 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, IL USA

Residency - Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Internal Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Internship - Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Internal Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Medical Education - George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Washington, DC USA

Undergraduate - George Washington University
Washington, DC USA

Professional Highlights

  • Director, Center for Human Nutrition
  • Medical Director, Intestinal Transplant Program
  • Fellowship Director, Nutrition Support Fellowship
  • Professor of Medicine


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

Specialty Interests

Celiac disease, constipation and fecal incontinence, eosinophilic esophagitis, esophageal motility disorders, gastrointestinal endoscopy, gastroesophageal reflux disease, GI motility disorders, H. pylori infection, inflammatory bowel disease including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease, intestinal transplantation, insulin resistance, malabsorption, management of enteral and parenteral nutrition, medical school education and education of fellows/residents, metabolic syndrome, motility disorders, nutritional problems as they relate to the GI tract, obesity, peptic ulcer disease, short bowel syndrome, therapeutic endoscopy including difficult colonoscopy and polypectomy

Awards & Honors

  • Cleveland Magazine "Top Doctors" - Gastroenterology 2011 -2015
  • Best Doctors in America 2011-2016
  • Richmond Magazine "Top Specialist in Gastroenterology" 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008


  • American College of Physicians - Fellow
  • American College of Nutrition - Fellow
  • American College of Gastroenterology - Fellow
  • American Gastroenterological Association - Fellow
  • American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition - Member
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Donald Kirby, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 11/26/2021, Dr. Kirby has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

160 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

41 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2022

Excellent nurses and Dr. Kirby. Just light sedative let me watch inside my colon. Great experience. Very friendly and efficient.

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

First time a Dr listen to my concerns. He had many ideas for a plan of action

Reviewed on May 25, 2022

Dr Kirby is the best, that's why I come to CC

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Dr. Kirby is the Best! He saved my life and I trust him completely. His expertise and experience is unparalleled. He is also very patient and empathetic. He is irreplaceable.

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Dr Kirby familiarize himself with my medical history. Which was extremely impressive.

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Dr. Kirby is one of the very few physicians who actually cares about me. This caring Is extremely evident In his calm, intelligent voice, his body language and his degree of probing questions he asks me. PS...his staff is also fabulous.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

Dr. Kirby and the dietitians were extremely helpful and listen to my problems carefully and provided excellent advice. Each was very caring and showed concern to help me with my issues. They we're extremely generous with there time and spent more time than I ever expected helping me.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

Like the my chart. Dr Kirby is an excellent doctor

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

I have nothing but praise for Dr. Kirby and assistants. I appreciate all that was done on my behalf

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2022

Dr. Kirby was great I felt very comfortable with him doing my procedure

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2022

Dr Kirby and his staff are the best. They are caring and dedicated to patient needs and truly listen and care.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2022

I am beginning to live my life abundantly I feel because of the sincere focus of Dr. Kirby and his staff as well as combined efforts of all Cleveland Clinic involved. I am truly grateful for my quality of life. There are new developments in my health but I am staying encouraged because of the Superior quality of care I have been receiving and it all begins with Dr. Kirby. I humbly Thank you!

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022

Dr Kirby is very thorough. He reviewed my history and answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2022

Dr Kirby is so helpful.Very involved with Kris care

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

Dr. Kirby is great and the whole staff at CC is wonderful.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

Dr Kirby is a wonderful and caring physician. Everyone that I came in contact with was fantastic.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Dr. Kirby and his Nurse Ann always respond promptly.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

Dr. Kirby is the Best! He saved my life and I trust him completely. His expertise and experience is unparalleled. He is also very patient and empathetic. He is irreplaceable.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2021

Dr. Kirby has excellent office help. We are called regularly to check status of health. Any questions are immediately answered. The whole staff is very caring and want to help.

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Dr Kirby and his staff are the best.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

An excellent physician.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

Dr. Kirby and his team were wonderful. I was nervous prior to the procedure but they created a comfortable environment and out me at ease.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

Dr. Kirby is an extremely detailed and caring physician.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

I will recommend Dr. Kirby to all my friends

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2021

I have been a patient of Dr. Kirby's for about 10 years. I've never met a dr with a better bedside manner, compassion and knowledge like him. His team included.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

Dr. Kirby, and Staff, did not only display there professionalism, but also displayed a great sense of Humor. Which I use to my advantage to be more comfortable before my proceedure. Thx

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Dr Kirby is always Attentive, Compassionate, knowledgeable and helpful.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Dr Kirby's nurse Ann was very helpful in coordinating labs and the referral to Vanderbilt. She went out of her way to help me.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Dr. Kirby was an excellent physician and caregiver - he knew the specifics of my medical condition, made great recommendations for treatment and lifestyle changes, and was quite willing to contact my other Cleveland Clinic specialists in order to coordinate my care - - all with my good health at the forefront. I am certainly fortunate that Dr. Kirby is a part of my care team.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Dr. Kirby told was not concerned, did not take me seriously and showed no concern with how sick I was in regards to how sick and bedridden I've been with this and completely Ignored me when I was crying and shaking in pain from the physical exam. His nurse was much more concerned and kept checking on me. He was often telling me "that's not significant to me" or just ignoring/changing the subject when I would try to bring up what I drove over 4 hour for. I had signs of a very acute issues that he refused to even acknowledge. I left crying in pain barely able to walk. When I saw the note he wrote/sent to my PCP, I was shocked. He had all of my history wrong, quoted things I never said, completely inaccurate statements about me/what I expressed and more. Completely false documentation about what I experienced in the office and how incredibly painful the physical exam was. It is still hard to believe how inaccurate and false his documentation is.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

My procedure was sort of an emergency situation due to severe pain. Dr Kirby was kind enough to work me into his schedule. On the morning of my appt. There was an accident on the freeway, I called about 10 minutes before my appointment to say I was running late, the Doctor said come on and be safe driving. I very much appreciate him allowing me time to get there in such troubling weather and circumstances. He and the entire staff treated me with kindness and respect. Kudos to the Gastrointestinal Edoscopy Team for grade A treatment.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

Love Dr Kirby

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Both Ellari Hodges and Dr. Kirby are wonderful medical providers. They are literally keeping me alive and healthy.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Dr Kirby is professional, efficient and kind. He is able to explain medical issues in an easy to understand manner.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

Dr Kirby is the best Dr I have ever had. He truly cares. Thank God for him.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

Very impressed with Dr. Kirby's first visit. He listened and asked lots of health questions. Took time to explain things.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Dr Kirby spends quality time addressing my issues and answering my questions. I have a lot of respect for him.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Dr. Kirby an his staff are always there for me.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Dr. Kirby is very good

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Dr Kirby and team are so very caring and answer my questions and concerns and path going forward to assist me. Dr Kirby had noticed some other issues and recommended to be reviewed and the findings from his attention to details were found All things were found early I appreciative of this. We might get a few more years out of this body maybe not full life time but cleavland clinic already gave me extra time all ready. Dr Kirby might be able to give a few more

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Dr Kirby puts you at ease and explains everything well

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