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GI JOE: Biography Chronicles the Life of Renowned Gastroenterologist
Date:7/14/2009

"GI Joe," is the biography of Dr. Joseph Kirsner, a 100-year old practicing gastroenterologist who rose from a family of Russian immigrants to become an internationally recognized physician and medical educator. An active faculty member at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, he contributed to the school's prominence. For 20 years, he was also a medical consultant to the King of Morocco and has family. Dr. James Franklin is the author of "GI Joe."

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 14, 2009 -- On Monday, September 21, 2009, Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner plans to celebrate his 100th birthday by continuing his usual routine -- going to work.
   
Retirement was never a consideration for centenarian Dr. Kirsner. He has been an active faculty member of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine since 1935. His life and career as a dedicated gastroenterologist are chronicled in a new biography, GI Joe, written by Dr. James L. Franklin, a gastroenterologist and friend who received his training in gastroenterology at the University of Chicago.
   
"Dr. Kirsner is an internationally renowned physician and medical educator who helped shape the field of gastroenterology," says Dr. Franklin. "The son of Russian immigrants, his life is an American success story in the true Horatio Alger tradition."
   
As a young intern, Dr. Kirsner met the love of his life, Minnie Schneider, an aspiring ballerina from Des Moines, Iowa, who became his wife of 60 years. He enlisted in the Army Medical Corps during World War II, a voluntary decision that he considered a sacred duty. He served in Europe and the Pacific, returning to the University of Chicago in 1946.

By 1976, his expertise in gastrointestinal disorders reached King Hassan II of Morocco, who brought him to Morocco after numerous physicia
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