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About Dr. Joanne C Kirby

Dr. Joanne C Kirby, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Chicago, IL. She has 33 years of experience. Her specialties include Pulmonary Disease and Internal Medicine. Dr. Kirby is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Kirby has received 1 award. She speaks English.

Rating Overview

33 Ratings with 20 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Joanne C Kirby is Poor. Dr. Joanne C Kirby has been rated by 33 patients. From those 33 patients 20 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Joanne C Kirby is 2.2 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Northwestern Medicine Primary And Specialty Care

259 E Erie St Ste 2330
Chicago, IL 60611
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Specialties

Dr. Joanne C Kirby has the following 2 specialties

  • Pulmonary Disease

    A pulmonologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the lungs and respiratory tract.
    These specialists are similar to critical care specialists in that their patients often require mechanical ventilation to assist their breathing.
    Pulmonologists diagnose and treat patients with conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, COPD, and emphysema. Exposure and inhalation of certain toxic substances may also warrant the services of a pulmonologist.
    Some of the tools and tests pulmonologists use to diagnose a patient are a stethoscope in order to listen for abnormal breathing sounds, chest X-rays, CT scans, blood tests, bronchoscopy, and polysomnography.

  • Internal Medicine

    An internist is a physician who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic.
    These doctors are often who adults see as their primary physicians because they treat a broad range of illnesses that do not require surgical or specialist interventions. They also work to help a patient maintain optimal health in order to prevent the onset of disease.
    In addition to treating the common cold and flu, internists also treat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Joanne C Kirby has the following 5 expertise

  • Spinal Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Herniated Disc
  • Asthma
  • Back Pain

Dr. Joanne C Kirby has 0 board certified specialties

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Most ignorant and rude physician I have ever seen.

Dr. Kirby was the largest waste of money I have ever spent on a doctor appointment. I was referred to her, as a primary care physician, to check out my knee and order an MRI. I have had 5 surgeries on this knee, as well as a full lateral meniscus transplant, and was told that I urgently needed to see somebody to get this scan ordered. Not only was Dr. Kirby rude and dismissive, but she spent less than five minutes in the room with me before telling me to see somebody else to order the MRI, as she will not order a scan that she doesn't know how to review. I emphasized she would not need to review it, but that my world-reknown complex-knee specialist would review all of the results. She continued to repeat the phrase "I will not order a scan I cannot review", and then referred me, again, to a physician with the preface, "He talks a lot, I like him a lot." She then proceeded to tell me that in her professional opinion, there was nothing wrong with my knee, and that she thought it was a mistake to order an MRI because "Ultimately, an MRI will not fix your knee." Of course not. But it is diagnostic, which apparently, somehow either went over her head, or she simply assumed that despite my long history of knee injuries and surgeries, I must think that MRIs magically fixed knees. I paid a $25 copay for a 4 minute visit in which I was dismissed and told to go elsewhere, and that my concerns were not valid either way. I wish I could say she was apologetic, or understanding, or in some way remotely helpful or professional, but those would be compliments she is far from deserving as she was the exact opposite of all of the above. If you want good healthcare, sufficient knowledge, and general competence in the profession of medicine, please do NOT see this "physician." It was the biggest waste of time and money I have ever had

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Dr. Kirby is an excellent physician who has a practical no nonsense approach that I appreciate

I find Dr. Kirby to be delightful and straight forward with her approach. She is the first physician in a very long time that listened and helped me feel better in a short period of time.

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Horrible Experince

Well where do I begin??? I saw Dr. Kirby initially as a fill in because my dr was out of the office. I liked her and decided that she and I may be a good fit and changed Drs, BAD BAD CHOICE. I have a severe blood disorder that has not been confirmed as Lupus yet, but being treated as it is, I have had several surgeries on my abdomen related to connective tissue disorder and also suffering from a myriad of depression and anxiety issues stemming from my illness. I have lost my memory and my life is so affected I left a job and career I worked for 14 years. I was so excited and thought we had really connected and she would help me.... She asked my why I was there, why was I planning on seeing a Rheumy because the Lupus thing would probably never pan out because I don't have Lupus, she figured that out in her infinite wisdoms, she asked if I planned on living on narcotics for the rest of my life, which I hadn't had a pain pill since she prescribed a refill 2 months before- I told her in middle of appointment that we were not a good fit and I was leaving and when my husband walked in she backed off. She told me she has 15 minutes for the appointment and wasn't enough time, she clearly has not ready anything in my chart because it made no sense. She took blood and was checking my TSH for thyroid levels, she said my dose was to high, it in fact was and she left no messages as to how I should fix that in my messages today only that we weren't a good match but it was up to me to make the decision. I plan on taking this to another level. I didn't realize until today how valuable a tool Yelp is, PLEASE DO NOT SEE THIS DOCTOR!! There are many nice people in that practice, the support staff is lovely and helpful, the phlebotomist are lovely as are medical assistants, she is the negative in this practice and needs to move on, to research or something that keeps her from patient care, if she treated my mom or someone I cared about who couldn't advocate for them self it could be a very bad situation, Thank you.

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Fantastic and thorough

She has been my primary doc for years now. She's great. She doesn't play into pessimistic thoughts, so if you are a hypochondriac she isn't the doctor for you.

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Waste of time and money

There's a reason it's easy to get an appointment with Dr Kirby. She's awful. Having had symptoms for 6 months, I finally went to the doctor. She offered no explanation for my symptoms and said that I was just paying to close attention to them. That answer doesn't suffice when my symptoms are interfering with my sleep and causing me to leave a wonderful dinner with my closest friends who flew in just to spend time with me. I know it's easier for a doctor to say there's nothing wrong than to listen and ask questions to try to determine the root cause. She diagnosed me before I even uttered a word. My experience with this doctor was a waste of time and money. I recommend going to any other doctor besides her.

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  • Awards

    1 Award

  • Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors

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  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Kirby is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Education

    33 Years Experience

  • Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1985

  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital

    Residency

  • Accepted Insurance

    Please contact the office for more information.

Locations & Directions

Northwestern Medicine Primary And Specialty Care, 259 E Erie St Ste 2330, Chicago, IL

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