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