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 11/2/2017, 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

158 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 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

17 Patient Comments

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!

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2018

Dr. Kirby is excellent... I really appreciate his care and concern for me as his patient!

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2018

oral and written instruction given, which was good because I was sedated for a procedure

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2017

Dr. Kirby always takes the time to explain why specific tests are being ordered and follows up immediately after the tests are completed with the results and what the plan of care is.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2017

excellent education!! dr Kirby explained how the medication he was prescribing worked, and provided info on it

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2017

Dr Kirby is the most thorough, knowledgeable and compassionate physician I have ever met and if it wasn't for him I wouldn't be where I am at with my illness

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2017

The doctor and assistant performed very well, in challenging situation. Staff had printed material in hand (discharge info), yet upon transfer i did not receive this. Nurse in ER later checked, and they did not have it.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2017

DR. Kirby is very caring and attentive. Would definitely recommend him to everyone.

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