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John P. Kirby, MD, FCCWS, FACS

  • Associate Professor of Surgery

Medical School

University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1993

Post Doctoral Education

General Surgery Residency: University of Illinois Metropolitan Group Hospitals Residency in General Surgery, 1999

Fellowship in Trauma/Critical Care Surgery: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Fellowship under Dr. Richard J. Fantus, 2000

Post-Graduate: eICU Training
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center—Visicu
Chicago and Oakbrook, Illinois

Designated Organ Requestor
Gift of Hope (Regional Organ Bank)
Chicago, Illinois

Board Certifications


Surgical Critical Care--Certified

Certified Wound Care Specialist, American Academy of Wound Management

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, American Board of Preventive Medicine

Clinical Interests

Dr. Kirby specializes in trauma and acute care surgery with special interests in acute and chronic wound healing, necrotizing fasciitis, hyperbaric oxygen, system development for patient management, multisystem organ dysfunction and failure, sepsis, and shock.

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Patients Seen At

Surgical and Wound Care Clinic
Barnes Center for Outpatient Health
4901 Forest Park Ave.
Floor 3, Suite 340
St. Louis, MO 63108
Fax: 314-362-5743

Contact Information

Barnes - Jewish Hospital
One Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Suite 6105
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 747-0556

Selected Publications

Fantus RJ, Mellett MM, Kirby JP. Use of controlled fascial tension and an adhesion preventing barrier to achieve delayed primary fascial closure in patients managed with an open abdomen. American Journal of Surgery. 2006;192(2):243-247.

Kirby J, Fantus R, Ward S, Sanches O, Walker E, Mellett M, Maltz S. Novel uses of a closed suction wound care system. J of Advocate Health Care. 2002:4:1:49.

Kirby J, Fantus R, Ward S, Sanchez O, Walker E, Mellett M, Maltz S. Novel uses of a negative-pressure wound care system. Journal of Trauma. 2002;53:1:117-121.

Maltz S, Fantus R, Mellett M, Kirby J, Ortega C, Maker V. Evaluation of surgical resident education in the use of ultrasound for diagnosis of blunt abdominal trauma. American College of Surgeons, 89th Annual Clinical Congress, Chicago, Illinois, 2003.

Fantus R, Ward S, Mellett M, Kirby J, Maltz S, Maker V. End of life: The intensivist as a designated organ requestor. Critical Care Medicine. 2000:28:12s:A58.

Fantus R, Kirby J, Horn J, Maker V. Impact of surgical intensive care unit design on patient outcomes. J of Advocate Health Care. 2002:4:1:44.

Fantus R, Atwal M, Mellett M, Ward S, Maltz S, Kirby J, Joseph N, Maker V. Blood sampling from peripheral venous catheters, applicability for the trauma patient and evolving technique to decrease patient discomfort. J of Advocate Health Care. 2002:4:1:43.

Maltz S, Fantus R, Mellett M, Kirby J. Surgical complications of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: Case report and review of the literature. Journal of Trauma. 2001;51:587.

Kirby J, Fantus RJ, Maltz SB, Mellett MM. The initiation of an authoritative protocol for ultrasound for blunt trauma in an American urban Level I Trauma Center. Shock. 2000:13s.

Benedetti E, Kirby J, Asolanti M, Mihalov M, Ghosh L, Pollak R. Thrombocytopenia in an established solitary pancreas graft recipient. Clinical Transplantation. 1997;11:438.

Benedetti E, Dandamudi R, Kirby J, Pollak R, Sharifi R. Pancreas-kidney transplant complicated by auto-digestion of the urethra. Infections in Urology. 1997;10:167.

Benedetti E, Kirby J, Asolati M, Blanchard J, Ward MG, Williams R, Hewett TA, Fontaine M, Pollak R. Intrasplenic hepatocyte allotransplantation in Dalmatian dogs with and without immunosuppression. Transplantation. 1997;63:1206.

Li Y, Kirby J, Schuster GB. 1,2-Didehydroazepines from the photolysis of substituted aryl azides: Analysis of their chemical and physical properties by time-resolved spectroscopic methods. Journal of the American Chemistry Society. 1988;110:8092.