Barbara Joanna Niklinska-Schirtz, MD


Primary Specialty

Pediatric Gastroenterology


Board Certification
Am Bd Pediatrics (Sub: Pediatric Gastroenterology), American Board of Pediatrics
Medical School:
Poznan University of Medical Science
University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga
Emory University School of Medicine


Pubmed Profile



Joanna (Barbara) Niklinska-Schirtz, MD, joined Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in summer 2020. She completed her fellowship training in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Emory University and has stayed on as faculty. During her fellowship training, she focused on translational research to improve future personalized medicine for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Dr. Niklinska-Schirtz began her medical training with a Bachelor of Arts in biology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She then earned a medical degree from Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland, followed by her pediatrics residency at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Dr. Niklinska-Schirtz is a board-certified pediatrician. She has experience and interests in the field of pediatric gastroenterology including but not limited to inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and quality improvement.

As part of the IBD multidisciplinary program, Dr. Niklinska-Schirtz focuses on leading ImproveCareNow, a quality-focused program available for all patients with IBD to receive proactive, reliable IBD care. In the multidisciplinary IBD clinic at the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, patients have access to a full spectrum of services, specifically comprehensive care from a team of experts that includes pediatric gastroenterologists, pediatric surgeons, a registered dietitian, a psychologist and nurse coordinators. The goal of this multidisciplinary approach is to achieve remission and control of IBD.

In her spare time, Dr. Niklinska-Schirtz enjoys traveling, college football, cooking, outdoor exercise and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Focus of Practice

  • Gastroenterology
  • Nutrition

Areas of Interest

  • IBD
  • Novel therapies for IBD
  • Nutrition
  • Quality improvement and patient safety
  • Celiac disease


Childrens Physician Group - Gastroenterology

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Research & Publications

IBD, quality improvement in IBD, nutrition implications in gastrointestinal diseases