Joseph B. Kirsner, 1909 - 2012
The Cancer Research Foundation mourns the loss of its long-time partner and friend, Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner.
Dr. Kirsner was a pioneer in the study of gastrointestinal diseases and one of the first physicians to link ulcerative colitis with colon cancer. He served as the Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago and was a member of the University of Chicago faculty for more than 70 years. He was prolific in his writing, producing more than 700 research papers and 18 books. Dr. Kenneth Polonsky, Dean of the University of Chicago Medical School, spoke of Dr. Kirsner's effect on digestive medicine in a statement: "Few if any physicians have had a broader and more positive impact than Joe Kirsner on thousands of patients, students and professional colleagues,"
Dr. Joe was also well known for his dedication to his medical practice and celebrated for the strong relationships he created and maintained with his patients. Although he was a renowned academic and medical researcher, he did not retire from seeing patients until seven years ago at the age of 95.
Maurice Goldblatt, the founder of the Cancer Research Foundation, counted Dr. Joe as a dear friend and indeed one of his closest collaborators in the fight against cancer. Dr. Kirsner served as one of the first Medical Consultants to the CRF and was our current Medical Consultant Emeritus. It is hard to imagine the history the Cancer Research Foundation proudly celebrates without the advice and help of Dr. Joseph Kirsner and he will be very sorely missed.
"I owe a great deal to the Cancer Research Foundation for giving me a head start. This financial help made the difference between my getting a fast and successful start, and my other wise struggling to obtain the necessary funds to get my research program started."Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and Human Genetics University of Chicago
April 30, 2010