Department Gastroenterology & Hepatology
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 School - 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

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 11/18/2018, 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

161 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 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

20 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

I saw the nurse first and then the nutrionist and then Dr Kirby. All were very helpful and and did a good job in explaining things. I always get the best care when I see Dr. Kirby

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2019

Dr Kirby is excellent. He listened and took all things into consideration. He is easy to talk to and his responses to questions were clear and concise.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2019

Despite the Cleveland Clinic being such a huge place and having many people come and go, once I was with the nurse and doctor, I felt very welcome and that their attention was on getting me help. I didn't feel like I was being rushed out just to get to the next person.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

Dr. Kirby was very understanding and concerned. Dr. Kirby educated me on things about my condition that I was unaware of and possible options. Dr. Kirby was very kind and helpful.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

I brought my symptoms, labs and information to the doctor and he dismissed it. Although I am having serious reactions to foods, he wanted to just treat me for IBS. Very disappointing. He was professional but didnt think outside of the box in what I am dealing with and instead gave me IBGuard peppermint oil pills. I drove 2 hours to see him.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

Dr. Kirby is knowledgable and compassionate. I see him several times a year for a rare disease. At this visit as always he listened carefully my concerns and explained our treatment plan. Providers don't get any better.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2019

Dr Kirby was excellent in all respects.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

the doctor helped me feel comfortable about the procedure

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018

We were very pleased to get to see Dr. Kirby for our first appointment for help with IBS and nutrition. After we researched each gastroenterologist, Dr. Kirby was our number one choice. He and his nurse spent a lot of time with me and I was very happy with the whole visit to Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kirby listened to my concerns and explained things to me in a way I could understand. He was very patient. I was so impressed with his knowledge and experience. Thank you so much for assigning my case to Dr. Kirby. Also, Terry and Ann in his office were wonderful about moving up my appointment date because I was in so much pain. The small changes Dr. Kirby made to my nutrition plan on my first visit have already made the pain subside.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

I had an excellent experience not only with Dr. Kirby but the staff also. My procedure was challenging and they kept me comfortable to successfully complete. The staff and entire experience was positive. Thank you for my care.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2018

Without hesitation, Dr. Kirby is the most caring and honest Doc I have had. He listens, he explains, he takes time and he always answers my emails or calls within 24 hours! Best doctor ever.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2018

Dr. Kirby was great. His Nurse and him were very compassionate and receptive.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2018

Dr. Kirby is awesome! wish all my doctors where as good as him. we need more doctors like him.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2018

Dr Kirby and his staff, including the receptionist, were very courteous and helpful. the dr even came out to the check-in desk to make sure my appointments were scheduled, although the computer system wouldn't allow me to schedule one of my appointments at that time. Dr Kirby makes me very comfortable and is very personable. I feel he cares and is on top of things. I would absolutely recommend him.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2018

I travel from Central Virginia to see the physicians at the Cleveland Clinic. The Staff is always helpful to make appointments that are convenient for my travel.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2018

Dr. Kirby is very personable and listens to my concerns. He also has great feedback on nutritional choices.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2018

Dr. Kirby is very punctual.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018

"Patients first" is the goal at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kirby is certainly an example of this. He is thorough; and works in collaboration with other specialist who manage my chronic disease to provide the best care possible. He has made an earnest effort to do everything that he can help me with prescriptions. When symptoms of my disease become worse, he and his staff respond promptly and do everything that they can to help me. He is truly an asset to Cleveland Clinic and a blessing to his patients. I feel very fortunate to have him as my doctor.

Reviewed on May 18, 2018

Dr. Kirby and staff are the best He is by far one of the best GI doctors at the Cleveland Clinic. All of his nurses and assistants are awesome. Great environment. Great team. CCF should be proud!

Reviewed on May 14, 2018

I am still alive thanks to Dr. Donald Kirby. He is one of the greatest men on this earth that I have ever had the pleasure to meet!

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