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Patient Reviews

Patient comments (5)

The overall average patient rating of Dr. James Kirklin is Good. Dr. Kirklin has been reviewed by 13 patients who have provided 5 comments. The rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Patient Ratings
Ease of Appointment 4.4
Promptness 3.5
Courteous Staff 4.2
Accurate Diagnosis 4.0
Bedside Manner 3.9
Spends Time with Me 4.0
Follows Up After Visit 3.9

Specialties & Research

Dr. James Kirklin, MD is board certified in Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery).

  • He has special expertise in 27 areas:
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Valve Insufficiency
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures
  • Cardiopulmonary Bypass (CPB)
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Coronary Artery Bypass (Heart Bypass)
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Disease
  • Coronary Vessel Anomalies
  • Cytomegalovirus Infections
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Cancer
  • Heart Diseases
  • Heart Surgery (Cardiovascular Surgical Procedures)
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Heart Valve Diseases
  • Heart-Lung Transplantation
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency
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Education & Awards

Dr. Kirklin graduated from Harvard University , Boston. He has 5 awards.

One of America's Leading Experts on:
Heart Transplantation
Prosthesis-Related Infections
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors® (2002 - 2008, 2010 - 2015)
Patients' Choice Award (2011)


Dr. Kirklin has 6 hospital affiliations:

  • Uab Medical West 
  • Uab Highlands 

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Additional Information
Dr. James K Kirklin MD is a male Cardiothoracic Surgeon, has 38 years of experience and practices in Thoracic Surgery and Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery.
Where does Dr. James K. Kirklin practice?
Dr. James Kirklin has 1 office location.
Dr. James Kirklin practices Thoracic Surgery and Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery near Birmingham, AL.
See Birmingham Cardiothoracic Surgeons.