Endowed lectureship established, named for Kirklin

The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the James K. Kirklin, M.D., Endowed Lectureship in Cardiothoracic Surgical Sciences during its meeting Nov. 8. The UAB Health Services Foundation made a $75,000 contribution to the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine to fund the lectureship.

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.