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James Kirklin

James K. Kirklin, M.D.

University of Alabama in Birmingham
703 19th Street South ZRB 739
Birmingham, AL  35294
United States
1 205 934-3991
1 205 4108416 (alternative)
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic


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


Other Interests

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
Surgical Outcomes Research



Dr. Kirklin has authored over 500 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). 


Additional Educational Information



Ohio State University, 1965-1969

       Medical School:

Harvard Medical School, 1969-1973

(Alpha Omega Alpha Academic Honor Society)



Practice Areas

  • Cardiac
  • Congenital
  • Congenital
  • Education
  • Mechanical circulatory assistance
  • Transplant
  • Heart Transplant