Kirklin is the director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery; he began his career at UAB in 1979 and performed the first heart transplant at UAB in 1981.
Tilt completed his internship and residency at UAB and holds certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Higgins joined the UAB faculty in 1983 and served as co-director of the Heflin Center for Human Genetics and director of the Biochemistry Fermentation Facility.
She has published more than 66 peer-reviewed articles and four book chapters.
He completed his residency at UAB and received the Ben Friedman Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Resident.