James N. Kirkpatrick, MD
Director, Echocardiography Laboratory
Attending Physician, University of Washington Medical Center

Faculty Information


Dr. Kirkpatrick is director of the Echocardiography Laboratory at the UW Medical Center and is associate professor of medicine. In addition to expertise in all areas of transthoracic, stress and transesophageal echocardiography, he has particular expertise in ultrasound imaging of left ventricular assist devices and the use of echocardiography in settings with limited resources. He sees patients as a general cardiologist. 

Dr. Kirkpatrick is also one of the few ethics-trained cardiologists in the United States. He lectures and performs research in the areas of ethics of cardiac devices and palliative cardiology. 

Dr. Kirkpatrick graduated from Pomona College and received his M.D. from Loma Linda University. He completed internship and residency at Yale in internal medicine and clinical medical ethics and cardiology fellowships at the University of Chicago. He was on the cardiovascular and ethics faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, then joined UW cardiology in 2015. Dr. Kirkpatrick's personal interests include reading and travel (especially medical missions).

Education & Training: 
University of Chicago Medical Center
Chicago, IL
Yale New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT
Yale New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Loma Linda, CA
Mailing Address: 

University of Washington Medical Center 
1959 NE Pacific Street
Box 356422 
Seattle, WA 98195-6422


Non-Clinical Administrative Support Contact:

Lori Joubert



For appointments or other clinical matters, please contact the Heart Institute.

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 
  • Research in echocardiography, particularly for patients with ventricular assist and other cardiac assist devices
  • Research in the use of echocardiography in developing world nation
  • Research into education and the practice of cardiac palliative care, especially for patients with cardiac devices
  • Research and scholarship on the ethical issues in the practice of cardiology ("cardioethics").
Clinical Interests: 
  • Use of heart ultrasound (echocardiography) for patients with or at risk for heart failure
  • Measurement of pressures inside of the heart by echocardiography
  • Use of small echocardiographic machines for patients from medically underserved areas (inner city US and developing world nations)
    Palliative care in cardiology
  • Clinical medical ethics consultation.