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James Kirklin

James K. Kirklin, M.D.
University of Alabama in Birmingham
1900 University Boulevard, 760 THT
Birmingham, AL  35294
United States
1 205 934-5486
1 205 934-3368 (alternative)
1 205 934-5261 (fax)
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Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Practice area(s)

Mechanical Circulatory Assistance


Medical School

  • Harvard Medical School
  • 1973
  • Internship
    • Massachusetts General Hospital
    • 1973 - 1974
  • Residency
    • Massachusetts General Hospital
    • 1974 - 1977
  • Fellowship
    • Children's Hospital, Boston
    • 1979
    • University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • 1979 - 1981



Adult congenital heart disease
Congenital heart disease surgery
Pediatric congenital heart disease
Cardiac surgical research
Mechanical circulatory support device
Ventricular assist device (VAD)
Adult cardiac transplantation
Heart transplantation
Heart/Lung Transplantation
Pediatric cardiac transplantation


Dr. Kirklin has authored over 400 scientific publications and was first author on the premier textbook on Heart Transplantation. He is also co-author of the 4th Edition of the Cardiac Surgery textbook.

Dr. Kirklin and his colleagues at UAB established the Cardiac Transplant Research Database in 1990, which generated the first multi-institutional collaborative research in heart transplantation, producing numerous seminal publications over a 20-year span. 

In 1993, Kirklin and his UAB research group initiated the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study Group (PHTS), which continues to lead the field in multi-institutional studies.

  Currently Dr. Kirklin is Principal Investigator of the $15 million NIH-sponsored national Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS). 





Ohio State University, 1965-1969

       Medical School:

Harvard Medical School, 1969-1973

(Alpha Omega Alpha Academic Honor Society)