Dr. Brian Kirsh


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Practice: Kirsh Brian Dr
Hospital: University Health Network
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Rating: 3.2 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 22 reviews. Dr. Brian Kirsh has a fair overall rating on RateMDs.com. neutral

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Psychiatrist-related: mental illness, depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse disorders, depression medication, pharmacological treatment, prescription drugs
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RID: 2822417
29/08/13 5 5 5 5 I have been seeing Dr Brian Kirsh for 9 years for Chronic Pain Management, I have visited Dr Kirsh in his previous practice at the Chedoke Pain Clinic and was involved in his 10 evening course in being Mindful as it relates to Pain Management and I continue to travel from the Niagara area to see him in his Toronto practise because I believe he is very good at what he does. I have had chronic pain for 18 years from a MVA and have seen more than my share of Doctors over the 18 years and over a dozen medical procedures. I feel qualified to make my comments as to the high regard I hold Dr Kirsh and how much he cares about the well being and long term care of his patients. Dr Kirsh is always fair , he can be firm but he is always empathetic to your situation and will always listen well and give you honest feedback, he has seen his share of patients from all walks of life and he calls is as he sees it, he is professional and is knowledgeable in his field of practice. Dan Dominick 
Insurance: OHIP
RID: 2655083
22/05/13 5 5 5 5 I think Dr.Kirsh represents the model of what a psychiatrist should be. He is understanding, patient, highly educated, informative and knowledgable about the issues that concern the patient. It is this rare combination of traits that makes Dr. Kirsh an outstanding physician. I have been going to see Dr. Kirsh for a few years now and am well aware of his ability to guide his patients through difficult issues and times. Frankly Dr.kirsh has helped me and continues to make a difference in my life.  Respond
16/02/13 SYSTEM: 2 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 2545050
29/01/13 1 3 1 1 Worst Dr I have been to, and I've been spending my whole life playing this game. Could tell the first day he was off gave him a chance anyways. Formed an opinion based on what he saw come through the door. Constantly pushing things on my husband and myself that would cost us money despite REPEATEDLY reminding him we were on ODSP and couldn't even afford public transit to see him the once a week. Always trying to find a reason to be "AHAH!" like he caught me lying. Obsessed with drug testing me and constantly trying to push me to admit smoking crack or meth even though with my health problems (try reading my chart!) it would kill me, and clean drug tests did nothing to quell it either. Left because he would not be reasonable about my meds, insisting I didn't need an extra day or 2 before I ran out, to get the prescription, that it suggested malice, and that every month has EXACTLY 4 weeks, so if I got my scrip on the 28th I should get it every month on the 28th cuz it's exactly 4 weeks! 
Insurance: OHIP
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11/12/12 SYSTEM: Specialty changed from "Anesthesiologist" to "Psychiatrist" 
RID: 2478695
19/11/12 5 5 5 5 If there was a magic pill that would fix everything incuding pain, we wouldn't need doctors. I've experienced chronic pain for 5+ yrs and been a patient of Dr. Kirsh for approx. 3.5 yrs. It upsets me to read some of the negative feedback on here. Dr. Kirsh has helped me deal with many issues, some of which I didn't know I had and some I never thought I'd ever share. Yes, trying different meds and doses can be a frustrating part of pain management as we all search for that magic life changing pill. But Dr. Kirsh invests his time into you and helps you search for other factors that may contribute to pain. Honestly, the group sessions didn't help me as I couldn't get into it. I did take some tips that help. I enjoy and look forward to our one on one appointments. I have easily learned to trust and let him into my world. I'm certainly not "fixed" and I still have pain but it's pain management, which teaches you to manage and live with pain as nothing will make it disappear entirely. 
Insurance: OHIP
RID: 2161583
27/05/12 1 4 1 1   Respond
21/05/12 Doctor reprimanded for professional misconduct http://www.yorkregion.com/yorkregion/article/557111  Respond
30/04/12 SYSTEM: City changed from "Hamilton" to "Toronto" 
RID: 1209827
17/07/10 3 1 1 2 Dr Kirsh is not sensible to pain or patient's interests but his own. He does not look at the eyes, has his mind made up in favour of his clients:WISB and car insurances,which pay him very well, his reports are in favor of WISB and car insurances. These companies would not continually request his services/pay him if he said the people/patients are in bad shape like they really are. He cares about his own sake and money is the most important for him, unfortunately he is a sad individual, you can see it in his actions and his face. He is so sad that he is the one doing the good comments on him. He admitted here he wants to increase his poor rating. The best he can do is start being an honest Dr and restitute the bad if he could. Start listening, caring and stop stabbing on people's back. No one liked you when I was in the Program! He is ignorant, selfish and stubborn. By the way, the Program did not send me back to work but I cannot stand so much hipocrisy.  See Responses
RID: 1185560
08/06/10 2 1 1 1 terrible!Went to clinic and left in worse shape. No compasion for anyone and only caused more stress. I would never recommend him to anyone.  Respond
RID: 1131713
19/03/10 3 5 5 5 Dr. Kirsh was my GP many years ago for quite a few years. I found him to be punctual, respectful of me and what brought me to see him and knowledgeable. He was not a pill pusher and that was one of the things I liked about him the most. From what I've read here, he doesn't sound like he's different now from when he used to be my doctor. I wish he would come back to YR and be my GP again! Slackers find someone who'll let you pull the wool over their heads! Dr. Kirsh is a man of honour and a great physician. And no, I'm not related to him nor do I know him on a personal level.  See Responses
RID: 1113908
24/02/10 5 5 5 5 I rated Dr. Kirsch a 5 so he wasn't alone. I found him extremely helpful and always on time. In my opinion he is a perfectionist!! I had a time in my life where I was not well and today because of Dr. Kirsch and his staff am doing well! I cannot believe some of the horrible things others are saying!! This doctor works hard and should be appreciated for that. When it came to prescribing drugs he worked with me not against me. I would try them and if it wasn't right we would try something else. Maybe, you needed to be more patient with him and less judgmental. Anyways, I give Dr Kirsch a rating of 5/5  Respond
RID: 1111060
21/02/10 1 1 1 1 I'm a 30% burn victim and back went there when he just got hired! I met several medical teams but his is the worse! His 1 a week idiot meetings none had my chart none so I lost respect! Cattle they are! Then over perscribing tyl 3 10 a day we still have the file to prove this and his check! And in the states people were dying from this drug he is no good!Money is his game and cars check them out to impress the ladies for he is one ugly doctor so he turns to the cars and his manipulating ways! Check out the article in the spec he is no good! We paid 14,00.00 to hear a new word pace yourself that's it for 14 grand for his cars! And his team wow what a bunch of idiots low wages thats why people money again look at the missing charts at his no mind meetings!Speak up he is no good the medical field is a scam as it is people speak out! W#sib is paying money for nothing! The good comments are from him that's how bad he is people wake up he is no good! There are better teams then him  Respond
RID: 1058683
16/12/09 5 5 5 5 I was saddened, but not surprised to read the negative comments about Dr. Kirsh. In this forum, under the cover of anonymity, patients can say outrageous things they are not accountable for. My name is Terry Litt and I know Brian Kirsh from three of years of group therapy at Chedoke. If chronic pain is ravaging your life and “IF” you wish to deal with it, you want his services. More … http://grokopolis.com/kirsh  Respond
RID: 1036709
17/11/09 5 5 5 5 I am very thankful for having Dr. Kirsch on my 'team' of doctors. Finally, someone who understands that I am in pain (from the results of a MVA) and gives me more than one avenue and option to try to minimize it as much as possible to live more comfortably. Dr. Kirsch is one of the first specialists to sit and answer my many questions and concerns. He never spoke 'down' to me and explained everything in a way I could comprehend. Dr. Kirsch has also directed my G.P. as to which drugs and therapies are best for me -- and he certainly is correct! Yes, this pain may never 'go away', but with the time, knowledge and experience of Dr. Kirsch I am sure things will be better for me. Thank-you Dr. Kirsch.  See Responses
RID: 870098
24/04/09 1 1 1 1 I finished Dr kirsch program this year and I am glad I found this website. Dr kirsh and his staff treated me and the others in the program like animals, cattle to be exact. The staff treat you like dirt.He Has no time for any of the people there.He thinks he is better than everyone.I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND HIM TO ANYONE EXCEPT MY WORST ENEMY.PEOPLE PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THIS GUY. He has monopolized the Chronic Pain practice. He is working for the WSIB. IT is very hard to go to another Chronic Pain program besides this one if you are on WSIB.|I know that its hard to get into DR Ennis's program if you are on WSIB. Wsib will not pay for it . They want you to go to Kirsh WHY????? Because he gives them the results they want and you will get screwed.Tell WSIB you want to go to the General HOspital in Hamilton they have a great Chronic Pain program or go to Dr Ennis he is really the best in this field.INSIST ON IT. You have the right to choose the DOCTOR you want and this guy is not it.  See Responses
RID: 867699
22/04/09 5 5 5 5 I think dr. Kirsch must have the patients of a saint.he is not there to take your pain away,he is their to help You, manage your pain in a constructive way.Dr. k has some great advice if your willing to listen.The people who see this man, will only find him helpful if they need help and not if your forced into it by an insurance or wsib.The program that Dr. k offers WILL NOT TAKE YOUR PAIN AWAY it will only help with adapting to your new body.Thank you Dr Kirsch for your time Josh  See Responses
RID: 840463
24/03/09 1 1 1 1 WOW!!! This guy is terible. He has no respent for people in pain. He has a hard time looking people in the eyes when he talks to you.His staff are also very rude and treat you like you are a lowlife and they thik they are better than you. They makle you feel bad and very small. Whats worse is that once a week you are put in a room with all of the staff at his program and you have to answer questions from them,which also makes you feel even more uncomfortable.He thinks everyone is selling their meds. This is really unfair. He puts people who really need pain meds in the same catagory and the people who sell them. He tells people he lives with chronic pain but you can tell its not true. I would not recomend him to anyone.His treatment does not work.I dont believe he rated himself all 5's accross the board. I guess that means me's perfect. Far from it. Its too bad that people dont read these rating before they go to see him only when its to late. Stay far away  See Responses
RID: 833896
18/03/09 3 4 1 2 I was not asked to return to work but I am not happy with this Dr. He does not look in the eye and has a bias opinion. He is not respectful when talking about sex and pain, he does not seem to care for the patient but himself. Most of the people I met -who were not asked to return to work- were not happy with him neither. When I read good comments about him I thought it may be HIMSELF writing them as he takes the time to read all the comments and answer, he seems unprofessional in not accepting all feedback. WOW rating himself a 5? He is angry with most of the responses and he needs to find a counsellour to cope with that. How you Dr. expect people to go to your office and talk about this "issues" when you give that strong impression of not caring for others. Start looking in the eye, "listening" and avoid predjuging others according to your own schemes, for now we prefer be as far from you as possible. Money will not help you sleep at night or be at peace. You deserve what you became.  See Responses
RID: 792691
17/02/09 5 5 5 5 I note that many of the people unhappy with this amazingly caring doctor are people who were found well enough to return to work after he treated them and are angry at losing their WSIB benefits or insurance benefits -- benefits we ALL pay for as taxpayers. If you want to stay forever on WSIB or LTD or insurance handouts, he is likely not your doctor because,he may help to heal you and help you live a productive life. For those who read these, notice the link between the negative comments and people angry about having to go back to work. Notice the opposing link between people in pain with no financial gain who are so grateful to him. If you want to be rid of pain, and want to participate to do that, this doctor is one of the most caring physicians in Ontario. I believe he operates in a high risk world - he is referred patients who must go into his program but really want nothing more than to stay on the "dole". There is not much he can offer them since he he is a healer.  See Responses
RID: 775313
28/01/09 4 5 1 1 He seemed to be up to date in the medication information but took a cookie cutter approach to patients. He was not happy when I disagreed with his opinion. I ended up finding another doctor who fixed the problem.  See Responses
RID: 511353
11/02/08 5 5 5 5 I was a patient of Dr.Kirsh and was treated for pain due to a car accident. I had excellent care, in fact, he went out of his way to help me even more than he had to. I think with the pain that we all live with, we wish that doctors could be perfect, but this is not the case. They are as human as we are and with some of the same problems. It isn't a nice feeling when a doctor tells you that there is nothing else they can do. We have to realize, that we can do something about it. We can choose to live with the pain depressed, or try to live the best quality of life we have left. Not to say, we are still aloud some moments of selflishness!!! I wasn't on wsb, but I did a lot of research to find a good place of treatment, and it was sure one of the best treatment centres in my mind!! I hope that the people that had such a bad time with dr kirsh will maybe allow him to try again. It could have been that the two of you were just having a bad day.  Respond
RID: 475739
03/01/08 5 5 5 5 Hi. I’m Dr. Kirsh and I’d like to rate myself! I read the negative reports and they are very painful for me. I strive to maintain the highest possible standards of practice and, while I hope to help 100% of my patients, I know that this is impossible. In my practice of Pain Medicine, I see people who suffer terribly. Suffering like this changes people -- some become drug addicts; some sell their drugs; some become filled with anger and lash out against everyone in the world. And even though a few choose to be angry with me for failing to take away their pain, I am committed to doing the best I can. I am not perfect. I apologize to those whom I’ve not helped but, if you’ve got a real problem with my recommendations, I am willing to listen. Call, come in and bring others with you, and I will try to work it out. It seems to me that talking behind my back and spreading distortions (check out my responses to these submissions) can’t help!  See Responses
RID: 432306
22/10/07 3 4 1 2 After 2+ years was told that there was nothing more that he could do for me. This strikes me as an odd thing to do and say for a dr who is treating people for CHRONIC pain and its related issues. One of his treatments for me was to send me for ECT therapy. One of my diagnosis was possible head injury and one of the biggest no-noes for ECT is having a head injury. A doc I saw after him said I should/could sue him. That pretty much summed it up to me, if doc A says you could sue doc B...doc B messed up.  See Responses
25/07/07 SYSTEM: 4 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 285983
18/04/07 5 5 5 I totally disagree with the first persons opinion. I went to the pain clinic as well and then to some group clinic dealing with the pain. He is the most caring person (dr.) I know!! I am in such a better place now then I was mainly do to his patience, medication,and perseverance. I was afraid to go to a pschitrist, thinking they were for crazy people, but this doctor made me believe in a great system we have here in canada and I would not be afraid to use him again if neaded, I am no longer afraid!!!! He is very intellient when it come to all of the medications as well. I am lucky to of known him!!!!  See Responses
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