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James K. Kirklin, M.D.


Director, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

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  • Hospital Affiliation

    UAB Hospital

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Education and Training
  • 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
  • ABTS, Re-certified 2011
  • ABTS, Re-certified 2001
  • ABTS, Re-certified 1991
  • American Board of Surgery 1979
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery 1981

Clinic Information

Locations and Directions
The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital
2000 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233 Office Phone: 205-934-3411

Clinical Interests

Clinical Interests

Aortic aneurysm/dissection
Aortic root surgery
Aortic surgery
Circulation management of aortic arch surgery
Thoracic aortic aneurysm/dissection
Thoracic aortic surgery
Valve sparing aortic root surgery
Acquired heart disease
Coronary artery bypass surgery
Adult congenital heart disease
Complex repair of congenital heart disease in the neonate and child
Congenital heart disease
Congenital heart disease surgery
Pediatric congenital heart disease
Cardiac surgical research
Atrial fibrillation
Mechanical circulatory support device
Ventricular assist device (VAD)
Biventricular assist device
ASD Closure
Atrial Septal Defect Closure
Patent formen ovale closure
Percutaneous bypass
Ventricular Septal Defect closure
VSD Closure
Surgical ventricular restoration for cardiomyopathy
Adult cardiac transplantation
Heart transplantation
Heart/Lung Transplantation
Pediatric cardiac transplantation
Aortic valvuloplasty
Aortic valve repair
Cardiac valve reconstruction and replacement
Mitral valve repair
Mitral valve surgery
Mitral valvuloplasty
Tricuspid valve repair
Valve surgery
Valvular heart disease



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.


Research Interests

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