A Pioneer Paved the Way

On Friday, May 24, The U.S. House of Representatives introduced H.R. 8542 calling on Congress to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner, in recognition of his service to the United States during World War II and his contributions to the medical field, particularly gastroenterology.

Take Action. Call Your Representative. Ask For Support of H.R. 8542.

On Friday, May 24, The U.S. House of Representatives introduced H.R. 8542 calling on Congress to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner, in recognition of his service to the United States during World War II and his contributions to the medical field, particularly gastroenterology.

The Congressional Gold Medal, the oldest and highest civilian award in the U.S. along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is bestowed by Congress to honor distinguished achievements and contributions.

You can help secure this award for Dr. Kirsner by calling your representative.

“Joseph B. Kirsner, MD, PhD devoted his life to medicine, science, teaching, and patient care. Kirsner taught generations of medical students and young physicians the importance of combining competence with compassion when treating patients.”

-David T. Rubin, MD
GI Research Foundation’s Senior Scientific Advisor and the Chief of the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at UChicago Medicine
Excerpt from his letter to the U.S. House of Representatives supporting proposed legislation to recognize Dr. Kirsner with a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal

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Script you can use for a phone call/voicemail or email:

“Hello, my name is [Your Name], and I am a resident and voter in Congressman/Congresswoman [Representative’s Name]’s district. I’m calling to urge Congressman/Congresswoman [insert name] to co-sponsor and support H.R. 8542, which seeks to posthumously award Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner the Congressional Gold Medal.

Dr. Kirsner was the founder of the GI Research Foundation, an organization I proudly support. His pioneering work in gastroenterology and his vision for extraordinary patient care through innovative research continue to inspire and benefit many. Recognizing Dr. Kirsner with this honor is a fitting tribute to his remarkable contributions.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope Congressman/Congresswoman [Representative’s Name] will co-sponsor and support this important bill.”