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James K. Kirklin, MD

Healtcare Specialists

A multidisciplinary team that includes
  • Surgeons
  • Cardiologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Nurses
  • Dietitians
  • Transplant coordinators
  • Mental health professionals
  • Transplant social workers

Patient Population

The most common conditions leading to end-stage heart and pulmonary failure include:
  • Severe coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Conditions that lead to advanced heart failure:
    • Arrhythmias (life-threatening heart rhythm problems)
    • Cardiomyopathy
    • Congenital heart defects
    • Primary pulmonary hypertension
  • Eisenmenger Syndrome (a heart defect that affects blood flow from the heart to the lungs)


The Heart Transplant Intensive Care Unit (HTICU) is one of the program’s most unique and innovative features. Among a few of its kind in the nation, this state-of-the-art 23-bed unit is staffed with a skilled critical care team dedicated to caring for heart and lung transplant patients in the important first hours after surgery. Our Heart Transplant Intensive Care Unit received the Beacon Award for excellence in critical care nursing.


Heart Transplant Overview (UAB)
UAB Heart, Lung and Liver Transplant Support Group
Transplant Living

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