Barbara S. Kirschner, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterology | More

Professor Emerita of Pediatrics and Medicine

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.


Barbara S. Kirschner, MD, 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.

Following decades of excellence in direct care with children and families, Dr. Kirshner’s current role is entirely focused on research to advance the care and treatment of pediatric IBD.

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.

Areas of Expertise

Medical Education

  • Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania


  • University of Chicago Medicine


  • University of Chicago Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • Society for Pediatric Research
  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology
  • and Nutrition
  • Pediatrics

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English