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Dr John Kirklin was a master educator throughout his entire remarkable career—we can attest to this characteristic firsthand. He challenged, pushed, embarrassed, and most importantly stimulated us to develop everlasting traits in our surgical careers.
He stimulated medical students, general surgery residents, cardiothoracic fellows, and colleagues to ever deepen their knowledge. We vividly recall him regularly presiding over surgical grand rounds both at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
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