Richard Kirk, MD $$

Pediatric Cardiologist

Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
Medical Director at Children's Health

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Charles Richard Kirk, M.D., is a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Health℠ who specializes in heart failure and transplant care.

Dr. Kirk earned his medical degree from University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. He then completed his internship at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust in England. He completed additional residency training at Harefield Hospital, the largest heart lung center in the United Kingdom, and pediatrics at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, England.

“I really love all the aspects of my job,” says Dr. Kirk. “I’ve always enjoyed working with children – seeing them get better is the best reward ever. It’s also great to see the team working sweetly, to see that everyone does their job, enjoys their job and that together we give the children the best cutting edge treatments available.”

Dr. Kirk recently joined Children’s Health as the Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Transplant. Before moving to the U.S., Dr. Kirk led one of the largest pediatric transplant programs in the world at Freeman’s Hospital in Newcastle, England. At Children’s Health, he now directs one of the largest transplant programs in the U.S.

“For transplants to be successful, you need a whole set of teams,” Dr. Kirk says. “My role is to make sure everyone is working together seamlessly and our transplant outcomes are second to none.”

Dr. Kirk performs research to improve the availability of heart transplants. Using scientific evidence, he is working to change how donor hearts are deemed acceptable in the United States so more hearts are available for use. He is also working with colleagues at UT Southwestern to discover how more children can recover cardiac function without a heart transplant.

In his free time, Dr. Kirk enjoys travelling, spending time with his family and grandchildren and swimming.

Education and Training

Medical School
University of Cambridge (1979)
Pembury Hospital (1980), General Practice
Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust (1980), General Surgery
Freeman Hospital (1990), Pediatric Cardiology
Harefield Hospital (1989), Cardiothoracic Surgery
Alder Hey Children's Hospital (1987), Pediatrics


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