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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
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Insurance

Insurance

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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2008

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Gastroenterology
Chicago, IL USA
1984

Residency - Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Internal Medicine
Chicago, IL USA
1982

Internship - Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Internal Medicine
Chicago, IL USA
1980

Medical Education - George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Washington, DC USA
1979

Undergraduate - George Washington University
Washington, DC USA
1975

Professional Highlights

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

Certifications

  • 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

Memberships

  • 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

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 11/24/2019, Dr. Kirby has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Kirby receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • VectivBio

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

170 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

38 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Dr Kirby and his staff are amazing!

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Dr. Kirby and his staff is very sufficient at doing their job. I drive 5 hr. because I get excellent care and I trust him with my life

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Dr Kirby was patient, friendly and unhurried

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

You have an excellent provider in Dr. Kirby. I could not ask for a more knowledgeable caring physician. I travel over six hours for my visits with him because he provides the best care.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Dr. Kirby took time to explain the procedure and risks involved. After the procedure he thoroughly explained the findings to me and my wife. Interaction with Dr. Kirby was a very positive experience

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

Dr.Kirby was wonderful!!! Clone him!

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

Dr. D. Kirby is committed to ensure my health is as good as it possibly can be. Dr. Kirby can accomplish what other GI doctors in Cincinnati cannot do. My life has turned around since Dr. Kirby's procedures on me. I am quite thankful.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

As someone with chronic conditions with a lot of experience with a lot of providers and hospital systems, Dr. Kirby and his staff are exceptional and beyond compare.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

I have referred several patients to Dr Kirby and his team and I will continue to do so

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

Dr Kirby always very professional

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Dr. Kirby is a terrific doctor on all counts: experience, manner, knowledge, caring

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

the provider is extremely professional and gifted in what he does however I did have some nutritional questions to ask him about a condition he discovered though not life threatening I would have liked more information on how to eat better to help myself he said it was bad so I was afraid after the procedure I understand he is a very good nutritionist

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

I have visited other facilities but the medical care I have received at Cleveland clinic surpasses some of the best it is the knowledge of the doctors in knowing how to treat and then doing it better than other doctors Cleveland clinic doctors are knowledgeable in their field of study and then they know how to diagnose and apply it to patients for the best result

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

Dr Kirby is a very knowledgeable, intelligent, hardworking care provider with an excellent sense of humor

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

Dr Kirby is the Best Dr. in the world he saved my life!

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Dr. Kirby is a very caring physician. I would definitely recommend him.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

This was my initial meeting with Dr. Kirby and I am quite satisfied that I have been able to be taken under his care.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

Doctor Kirby frequently failed to use my preferred name and pronouns, and didn't go into any depth with explanations of question I asked. He suggested I find someone else to cover my GI care and for him to just continue managing tpn.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

Doctor is excellent, he has gone over and above and still is, taking care of me.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Dr. Kirby and his nurse were "Fantastic"!

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Dr. Kirby was an excellent listener, very empathetic and very knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2019

Very pleased with Dr. Kirby and his staff. All listened attentively and responded to my concerns. Would highly recommend.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

physician was fabulous.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019

Dr. Kirby was very good at explaining everything to me. Top notch!

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

I appreciated that he had reviewed my records from a previous provider and was well prepared for my visit.

Reviewed on May 31, 2019

Provider did not complete the procedure due to patient discomfort.

Reviewed on May 31, 2019

Dr. Kirby is an asset to CC. I have been seen by him several times and he has done a few diagnostic procedures and in each instance his friendly and kind demeanor has not changed . He makes eye contact with the patient when speaking with them , answers emails promptly and goes above to ensure his patients need are met

Reviewed on May 31, 2019

previous comments describe my 100% satisfaction with Dr. Kirby, his staff and my appointment

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

Dr. Kirby has done several of my post transplant scopes and has been great!

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

I was very pleased to meet Dr. Kirby. He is an excellent listener and does a fine job explaining what I needed to hear. He is "down to earth" and has a good sense of humor.

Reviewed on May 13, 2019

Dr. Kirby is the finest doctor I have ever had

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

My experience with the Cleveland Clinic was AWESOME! Dr. Don Kirby is an amazing Doctor and always gives me the superior care. He listens and he takes time with his patients.

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

I would recommend the Cleveland Clinic and all of the Doctors that helped me. Dr. Don Kirby has incredible skills and communicates clearly.

Reviewed on May 3, 2019

it was in and out with no problems. Dr was professional, courteous & competent.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

Dr Kirby is an excellent communicator. He listens, and provides quality feedback to me.

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.

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