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John P. Kirby, MD, FCCWS, FACS

  • Associate Professor of Surgery

Medical School

MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1993

Graduate School

MS, Large Animals Research and Surgical Education, Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1999

Post Doctoral Education

Residency in Surgery, University of Illinois Metropolitan Group Hospitals,  Chicago, IL, 1999

Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Fellow, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2000
Fellowship under Dr. Richard J. Fantus

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

Honors and Awards

Physician Applause Award, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center,  Chicago, IL, 2000

Physician Excellence Star Award, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 2004

Wendi Gordon Shelist Foundation Award, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 2006

K30 Scholar, Washington Univeristy School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2007

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.

Research Interests

Principal Investigator: "Effect of rMuIL-12 on the development of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus pulmonary infections in mice immunocompromised by whole body radiation," Neumedicines Subaward from Department of Health and Human Services/Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, 2012-2013.

Principal Investigator: "Phase I/II Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind Safety and Close-Determining Efficacy Clinical Trial Comparing ACCS (Amnion Dervied Cellular Cytokine Solution) in Three Differential Regimens with Standardized Care Using 0.9% NaCl (Saline) Solutions in the Topical Treatment of Partial Thickness Burns," Stemnion, 2009-2010

Co-Principal Investigator: "Mechanism of Action of rhIL-12," Neumedicines, Inc, 2013.

Foundation: Principal Investigator: "Necrotizing Fasciitis Staff & Public Education Award," Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation, 2010-PRESENT.

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

Shallom M, Orr JA, Mettheny N, Kirby J, Pierce J. Gastic Reflux: Association with Aspiration and Oral Secretion pH as Marker of Reflux: A Descritive Correlation Study. Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2015 Mar-Apr;34(2):84-90.

Shallom M, Dykeman B, Metheny N, Kirby J, Pierce J. Head-of-bed elevation and early outcomes of gastric reflux, aspiration and pressure ulcers: a feasibility study. Am J Crit Care. 2015 Jan;24(1):57-66.

Gibran NS, Wiechman S, Meyer W, Edelman L, Fauerbach J, Gibbons L, Holavanahalli R, Hunt C, Keller K, Kirk E, Laird J, Lewis G, Moses S, Sproul J, Wilkinson G, Wolf S, Young A, Yovino S, Mosier MJ, Cancio LC, Amani H, Blayney C, Cullinane J, Haith L, Jeng JC, Kardos P, Kramer G, Lawless MB, Serio-Melvin ML, Miller S, Moran K, Novakovic R, Potenza B, Rinewalt A, Schultz J, Smith H, Dylewski M, Wibbenmeyer L, Bessey PQ, Carter J, Gamelli R, Goodwin C, Gravfes T, Hollowed K, Holmes J, Noordenbas J, Nordlund M, Savetamal A, Simpson P, Traber D, Traber L, Nedelec B, Donelan M, Baryza MJ, Bhavsar D, Blome-Eberwein S, Carrougher GJ, Hickerson W, Joe V, Jordan M, Kowalske K, Murray D, Murray VK, Parry I, Peck M, Reilly D, Schneider JC, Ware L, Singer AJ, Boyce ST, Ahrenholz DH, Chang P, Clark RAF, Fey R, Fidler P, Garner W, Greenhalgh D, Honari S, Jones L, Kagan R, Kirby J, Leggett J, Meyer N, Reigart C, Richey K, Rosenberg L, Weber J, Wiggins B. The American Burn Association's Consensus Statements. Journal of Burn Care and Research. 2013 July/Aug; 34(4):381-385.

Duwayri Y, Vallabhaneni R, Kirby JP, Mueller MJ, Volshteyn O, Geraghty PJ, Sicard GA, Curci JA. Early protection and compression of residual limbs may improve and accelerate prosthetic fit: a preliminary study. Ann Vasc Surg. 2012 Feb; 26(2):242-9.

Gnerlich JL, Rutter JH, Kirby JP, Mazuski JE. Simultaneous necrotizing soft tissue infection and colonic necrosis caused by Clostridium septicum. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2011 Dec;12(6):501-6.

Diaz JJ Jr, Dutton WD, Ott MM, Cullinane DC, Alouidor R, Armen SB, Bilanuik JW, Collier BR, Gunter OL, Jawa R, Jerome R, Kerwin AJ, Kirby JP, Lambert AL, Riordan WP, Wohltmann CD. Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma: a review of the management of the open abdomen – part 2 “Management of the open abdomen”. J Trauma. 2011 Aug;71(2):502-12

Yi X, AuBachon J, Zeltwanger S, Kirby JP. Necrotic arachnidism and intractable pain from recluse spider bites treated with lumbar sympathetic block: a case report and review of literature. Clin J Pain. 2011 Jun;27(5):457-60.

Diaz JJ, Cullinane DC, Dutton WD, Jerome R, Bagdonas R, Bilaniuk JW, Collier BR, Como JJ, Cumming J, Griffen M, Gunter OL, Kirby J, Lottenburg L, Mowery N, Riordan WP Jr, Martin N, Platz J, Stassen N, Winston ES. The management of the open abdomen in trauma and emergency general surgery: part 1 - damage control. J Trauma. 2010 Jun; 68(6):1425-38.

Keune JD, Melby S, Kirby JP, Aft RL. Shared management of a rare necrotizing soft tissue infection of the breast. Breast J. 2009 May-Jun; 15(3):321-3

Kirby JP, Mazuski JE. Prevention of Surgical Site Infection. Surg Clin North America. 2009 Apr; 89(2):368-89.

Kirby JP, Gunter OL. Prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers in the surgical intensive care unit. Curr Opin Crit Care 2008;Aug 14(4):428-31

Cable ML, Kirby JP, Sorasaenee K, Gray HB, Ponce A, Bacterial Spore Detection By [Tb3+(Macrocycle)(Dipicolinate)]Luminescence. J Am Chem. Soc. 2007 Feb 14;129(6) 1474-5 Epub 2007 Jan 23

Adkesson MJ, Travis EK, Weber MA, Kirby JP, Junge RE.  Vacuum-assisted closure for treatment of deep shell abscess and osteomyelitis in a tortoise.  J Am Vet Med Association 2007 Oct 15;231(8):1249-54.

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.

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Editorial Positions

Journal Reviewer

1999-Present, Journal of the American College of Surgeons


Wiersema-Bryant LA, Stamm LA, Barry JA, Kirby JP. The Outpatient Wound Clinic. In: Krasner DL, ed. Chronic Wound Care: The Essentials. HMP Communications, LLC. 2014;331-340

McConnell KW, Kirby J, Coopersmith CM. Cellulitis/Fasciitis/Myositis. In: Kollef M (ed.). The Washington Manual of Critical Care. Little, Brown and Company; 2013.

Neumann R, Tung T, Kirby JP. Wound Healing. In The Washington Manual of Surgery. Little, Brown and Company; 2011.

Bryant-Wiersema L, Stamm L, Ward C, Kirby JP. Running an Outpatient Wound Clinic. In: Krasner D (ed.). Chronic Wound Care: A Clinical Source Book for Healthcare Professionals. 4th Edition. HMP Communications;2007.