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Faculty Detail    
Division Director
Campus Address THT 760 Zip 0000
Phone  (205) 934-3368
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Undergraduate  Ohio State University    1969  Bachelors Degree 
Medical School  Harvard Medical School    1973  M.D. 
Graduate  Massachusetts General Hospital    1977  M.D.  
Residency  Massachusetts General Hospital     1978  M.D. 

American Board of Surgery  1979 
American Board of Thoracic Surgery  1981 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Surgery   Surg-Kirklin Inst for RES in Surgical Outcomes Professor
Center  Comprehensive Cardiovascular Ctr  Comprehensive Cardiovascular Ctr Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Ctr for Clinical & Translational Sci Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Minority Health & Research Center Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Dr. James Kirklin is Professor and Division Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He graduated from Ohio State University where he excelled as a springboard and tower diver, twice receiving All-American Honors. Consistently cited in "Best Doctors in America", Dr. Kirklin's current clinical interests focus on surgery for pediatric and adult congenital heart disease, heart transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support. His many research interests involve cardiac transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and outcomes research in cardiac surgery. Dr. Kirklin and his colleauges 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. Outside of medicine, Dr. Kirlin's passions in clude scuba diving (Master Scuba Diver), yachting and the ocean.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American Association For Thoracic Surgery  Committee Chairman   
American College of Cardiology  Committee Member   
American College of Surgeons     
American Heart Association  Committee Member   
American Society of Transplant Physicians  Committee Member   
International Society for Heart and Lung   Secretary/Treasurer  International Society for Heart and Lung Transplant 
Society of Thoracic Surgeons  Committee Member   
Society of University Surgeons     
Southern Surgical Association     

Research/Clinical Interest
Cardiac transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, outcomes research in cardiac surgery.