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John Webster Kirklin
Birth: Aug. 5, 1917
Muncie
Delaware County
Indiana, USA
Death: Apr. 21, 2004
Birmingham
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA

Medical Pioneer. A father of modern heart surgery whose recruitment in 1966 put UAB on the map as a medical mecca, his contributions to the University of Alabama at Birmingham and medical science were profound and vast. At the Mayo Clinic before going to UAB, he perfected the heart-lung bypass machine. Dr. Kirklin's group at the Rochester, Minn., clinic developed the first consistently successful mode of open-heart surgery and performed the first series of successful surgeries using the bypass machine in 1955. During his 45-year career as a surgeon, Dr. Kirklin developed surgical techniques for a host of congenital heart defects as well as a valve and coronary heart disease in adults. He won 40 national and international awards, encouraged the development of computerized intensive care units and co-wrote "Cardiac Surgery," the reference of record on heart surgery. He founded the Kirklin Clinic in Birmingham next to UAB.  (bio by: Dennis Ison) 
 
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  Margaret K. Kirklin (1916 - 2009)*
 
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Burial:
Elmwood Cemetery
Birmingham
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Dennis Ison
Record added: Apr 23, 2004
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John Webster Kirklin
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E ho'omaha me ka maluhia (RIP)
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 Added: Dec. 17, 2014
Thank you for being a trailblazer in medical research and for your work in performing such groundbreaking operations. You have saved countless lives!
- charles campbell
 Added: Nov. 20, 2014

- Nena Smothers
 Added: Mar. 2, 2014
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