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Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Children's Title
Division Director
Academic Title
Professor and Director
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Other Titles
Professor & Director Division of Cardiothoraci Surgery
Web Address
Secondary Address
1900 University Blvd.
THT 760
Birmingham, AL 35294
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Office Phone Number
(205) 934-3368
(205) 934-5261
Ohio State University
Medical School
Harvard Medical School, 1973
Massachusetts General Hospital-General Surgery
Massachusetts General Hospital-Cardiothoracic Surgery; Children's Hospital, Boston-Cardiothoracic Surgery; University of Alabama School of Medicine-Cardiothoracic Surgery
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American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Professional Organizations
World Society of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgeons; Adult Congemital Heart Surgeon's Society; Society of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery
Honors and Awards
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Harvard Medical School; Past President, International Society for Heart and Luncg Transplantation; First recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, April 11, 2014.
Notable Publications and Presentations
1. 480) Kirklin JK, Bennett Pearce F, Dabal RJ, Carlo WF. Mechanical circulatory support: strategies and outcomes in pediatric congenital heart disease. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Annu. 2014;17 (1):62-8.

2. (497) Kirklin JK. Risk models for mechanical circulatory support in children. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2015 Apr;34(4):499-500. PMID: 25727769.

3. (246) KIRKLIN JK: Role of Transplantation for PA, VSD and PA, IVS. World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgeons. Cartagena, Colombia. February 25-27, 2015.

4. (243) KIRKLIN JK: “Mechanical Ciculatory Support in Children: Not just small adults”. Paul Ebert Visiting Professor. Orlando, FL. September 24, 2014.

5. (240) KIRKLIN JK: Pediatric VAD: Future perspectives. 4th Scientific Meeting, World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. Sao Paulo Brazil. July 20, 2014.
Special Interests
Dr. James K. Kirklin is Professor and Director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and holds the John W. Kirklin Chair of Surgery. He had cardiac surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s and UAB. Dr. Kirklin’s current clinical interests focus on surgery for pediatric and adult congenital heart disease, heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. In 1993 Dr. Kirklin and his UAB research group initiated the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study Group, which continues to lead the field in multi-institutional studies. Dr. Kirklin is past President of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and is co-author of the 4th Edition of the Kirklin/Barrett-Boyes Cardiac Surgery textbook.
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