Faculty Feature: Jonathan Kirsch

Jonathan Kirsch

Dr. Jonathan Kirsch is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency training at Hennepin County Medical Center in Internal Medicine. His clinical interest is the inpatient care of adults, along with a focus on medical education. He has worked in Hospital Medicine in Ithaca, NY and at the University of North Carolina where he was Associate Director of the Hospital Medicine Program. He has also worked in Farmworker Health in New York and North Carolina. He is a Core Faculty of the Global Health Pathway here at the University of Minnesota. He started and directs a popular "Global is Local" rotation focused on the social determinants of health for migrant farmworkers in Minnesota which is community-engaged and inter-professional. He recently completed a year-long sabbatical as a Fulbright Scholar in Cali, Colombia, where he started a research program using ultrasound to detect early complications of dengue fever. He has traveled extensively in Latin America.

Favorite quote: “Human rights violations are not accidents; they are not random in distribution or effect. Rights violations are, rather, symptoms of deeper pathologies of power and are linked intimately to the social conditions that so often determine who will suffer abuse and who will be shielded from harm” Paul Farmer, "Pathologies of Power". 

Favorite travel destination: Nuqui, Colombia

What the world needs more of: dark chocolate, music, biking and laughter
If not a physician, you would be: fruit farmer or school teacher