Kirklin Receives Lifetime Achievement


 

James K. Kirklin, MD, director of the James and John Kirklin Institute for Research in Surgical Outcomes, has been named an inaugural recipient of the Pediatric Heart Transplant Society Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kirklin is a professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the UAB Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine and currently holds the James K. Kirklin Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery.

He served as director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery from 2006-2016. In his clinical role, he provided support to the UAB Cardiovascular Institute, which is among the largest programs of its kind in the Southeast.

In 1990, Kirklin and his colleagues at UAB established the Cardiac Transplant Research Database, which generated the first multi-institutional collaborative research in heart transplantation. In 1993, he and his research group initiated the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study Group, which continues to lead the field in multi-institutional studies.

Kirklin was first author on the premier textbook on heart transplantation and co-author of the fourth edition of the Cardiac Surgery textbook. He has written more than 500 scientific publications.

In 2020, he also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

"This is a great honor," Kirklin said. "A major part of my career has been dedicated to heart transplantation and pediatric cardiac surgery, and our research and clinical advances will only continue to grow from here."

 
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