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Barbara S. Kirschner, MD

Professor Emerita of Pediatrics and Medicine

Dr. Barbara S. Kirschner is an internationally recognized expert in the field of pediatric gastroenterology. One of her key areas of interest is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)--particularly nutritional and growth issues, collaborative multi-center studies evaluating epidemiologic and genetic aspects, and new therapeutic modalities for children and adolescents with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

A respected clinician, Dr. Kirschner is regularly listed in "America's Top Doctors" as well as "Top Doctors in Chicago" by Chicago magazine. In 2001, she was honored with the Chicago Pediatric Society's Joseph Brenneman, MD, Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Pediatrics.

Dr. Kirschner has presented lectures on pediatric gastroenterology all over the world, including Sweden, Switzerland, France, India, Italy, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. She has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters in the field of pediatric gastroenterology with a focus on the inflammatory bowel disorders. She reviews articles for several medical journals, including Gastroenterology, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, The American Journal of Gastroenterology and the Journal of Pediatrics.

Board Certifications

Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition

Medical School

Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania

Residency and Fellowship

The University of Chicago Medicine


American Gastroenterology Association
North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Society for Pediatric Research

Languages Spoken


Office Phone

(773) 702-6418

Office Fax

(773) 702-0666

Office Postal Address

Barbara S. Kirschner, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 4065
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

Read More About Dr. Kirschner

Read a press release about Dr. Kirschner's genetic research on Crohn's disease.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Kirschner's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.