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James Douglas Kirk, M.D. View profile as PDF

James Douglas Kirk

Clinical Interests

J. Douglas Kirk is Chief Medical Officer of UC Davis Medical Center, a 619-bed acute-care teaching hospital in Sacramento, California. He has a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including leading and directing the professional portion of the clinical delivery system between the medical center and its partner medical staff organization. He serves as a liaison to the self-governed medical staff, as well as the senior officer in the medical center for patient safety and quality, and also oversees the medical center’s licensure and accreditation functions.

Dr. Kirk represents the medical center on UC Health’s system-wide panel of five medical centers and on the Chief Medical Officer Group of the University Health System Consortium, a national team of medical leaders influencing quality improvement in U.S. academic medical centers.

Dr. Kirk joined the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine in 1991 and has served as Vice Chair of Clinical Operations and Medical Director of the Chest Pain Evaluation Unit.

Research/Academic Interests

An accomplished physician and scientist, Dr. Kirk has been an investigator for numerous clinical trials and has authored more than 150 journal articles, book chapters and abstracts on emergency cardiovascular care.


Chief Medical Officer, UC Davis Medical Center


Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine


UC Davis Medical Center
Emergency Medicine Department
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 916-734-3790

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington, West Virginia, 1988


UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 1988-1991

Board Certifications:

American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2006
American Board of Internal Medicine, 2001

Professional Memberships:

American College of Emergency Physicians
American College of Physicians
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

Select Recent Publications:

Kirk JD, Kontos M, Amsterdam EA. Provocative testing. Short Stay Management of Chest Pain. Peacock WF, Cannon, CP (Eds.) Humana Press Inc. Totawa, New Jersey 2009, XII, 272 p.

Kirk JD, Parissis JT, Filippatos G. Pharmacologic stabilization and management of acute heart failure syndromes in the emergency department. Heart Fail Clin. 2009 Jan;5(1):43-54

Kirk JD, Filippatos G, Gheorghiade M, Pang PS, Levy P, Amsterdam EA for the Society of Chest Pain Centers Acute Heart Failure Committee. Acute Heart Failure Treatment: Society of Chest Pain Centers Recommendations for the Evaluation and Management of the Observation Stay Acute Heart Failure Patient. Crit Pathw Cardiol. 2008 Jun;7(2):83-6.

Kirk JD. Reducing the door to balloon time: is bypassing the emergency department really the answer? Int J Cardiol. 2007 Jul 31;119(3):359-61.

Chest Pain Units, Amsterdam EA, Kirk JD, (eds), Cardiology Clinics, Saunders, Philadelphia, PA, 2005.

To see if James Douglas Kirk is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).