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Chicago, IL - Joseph Kirsner, Pioneer Physician, Dies At Age 102

Published on: July 7, 2012 10:38 PM
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Photo courtesy of SeniorsforLiving.com Dr. Joseph Kirsner, a pioneer in the field of digestive system disorders, died from kidney failure at his home in Chicago on Saturday. He was 102 years old.Photo courtesy of SeniorsforLiving.com Dr. Joseph Kirsner, a pioneer in the field of digestive system disorders, died from kidney failure at his home in Chicago on Saturday. He was 102 years old.

Chicago, IL - Dr. Joseph Kirsner, a pioneer in the field of digestive system disorders, died from kidney failure at his home in Chicago on Saturday. He was 102 years old.

University of Chicago Medical Center spokesman John Easton said the well-known physician published more than 750 research papers and 18 books, and was the Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine at the university.

Kirsner was among the first to show the increased risk of colon cancer in patients with ulcerative colitis. He broke new ground in the understanding and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

“Few if any physicians have had a broader and more positive impact than Joe Kirsner on thousands of patients, students and professional colleagues,” Dr. Kenneth Polonsky of the university said in a statement. “His legacy at the University of Chicago will persist for generations. We are truly fortunate to have been able to call Joe a friend and colleague and a member of our faculty.”

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A Boston native, Kirsner arrived at the university in 1935 and helped change his field from an art — in his words, “speculative, impressionistic, anecdotal, almost mystical at times” — into a science.

He helped found the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation gave him their lifetime achievement award two times, in 1991 and 2002.

His respected textbook, “Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” was published in six editions.

A memorial service is being planned for later in the summer.


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 Jul 07, 2012 at 10:44 PM Velvel Says:

An amazing man with a long productive life. B'DE

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 Jul 07, 2012 at 10:50 PM Yossi Says:

I knew Joseph Kirsner personally. He was a wonderful person and very proud of his Judaism.

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 Jul 07, 2012 at 11:14 PM Anonymous Says:

A blessing to Humanity. Let there be more jewish physicians even lawyers.

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 Jul 08, 2012 at 03:43 AM Anonymous Says:

What a special person he was. I know one of his grandchildren, who is also a wonderful person. Boruch Dayan Emes.

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