November 14, 2012

Nancy Solomon

Edward D. Kinsella, M.D., 1921-2012

SLU Clinical Professor Passes Away

ST. LOUIS - Edward D. Kinsella, M.D. ('44), a gastroenterologist whose family has been part of SLU School of Medicine for generations, died Nov. 5. He was 91.

Edward Kinsella, M.D.

Dr. Kinsella was a clinical professor of internal medicine and a member of SLU's volunteer faculty for 61 years who served at St. Louis City Hospital for 25 years.

Mary Burton, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine/gastroenterology, first met Dr. Kinsella in 1985, when she was doing her gastroenterology fellowship at St. Mary's Health Center. She remembers him as an excellent teacher who was quiet and calm with a dry sense of humor and "really happy lively eyes."

"He was teaching colonoscopy and he said if what you're doing doesn't work, try something else. It sounds so simple but I've used that with my teaching, with people, with life," Burton said.

"He was a good man to be around, always taking care of things, never getting overly excited."

The Kinsella family has been part of SLU medical school for more than a century. Edward Kinsella's father, the late Ralph Kinsella, Sr., M.D. ('11), was chairman of the department of internal medicine from 1924-1953. Edward Kinsella's brothers also followed in their father's footsteps. The late Ralph Kinsella Jr., M.D. ('43), was a professor of internal medicine/endocrinology and former director of Saint Louis University Hospital. The late Peter Kinsella, M.D. ('52), was a pulmonologist in private practice and clinical professor of internal medicine. One of Edward Kinsella's sons, Laurence Kinsella, M.D. ('85), is an adjunct professor in neurology and neurologist at SSM St. Clare. His grandson Christopher Ralph Jr., M.D. is a surgical resident.

"Being a Kinsella in SLU's medical school meant being the first to get called on. I was always the first, never failed," Edward Kinsella said in a 2002 interview for Grand Rounds.

Laurence Kinsella, in the same article, described his father as having a personal touch that patients appreciated.

"My dad never said it, but his way of practice demonstrated to me that although it's important to know your science and be current on literature, listening to your patients is most important. They can tell if you really care," Laurence Kinsella said.

Edward Kinsella received both his bachelor's and medical degrees from SLU, and completed his residency at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut and his gastroenterology fellowship at Yale Newington VA Hospital. He served in North Africa as a member of the Army Medical Corps.

Edward Kinsella is survived by his wife Katherine Loughlin Kinsella; children Sister M. Edward Kinsella, M.C., Edward Kinsella Jr., Eugene Kinsella, Christopher Kinsella, Maryon Kinsella, Laurence Kinsella, M.D., Colin Kinsella, Alice Kinsella, Lucy Brust and Katy Kinsella; sister Mary Janet Kinsella; 19 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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