Dr. Jim VanKirk


Jim VanKirk, MD, FACP
Medical Director for Hospice & Palliative Care


Jim VanKirk, MD, FACP is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care. He has ten years of experience as a primary care physician. In 2008, Jim started the Supportive (Palliative) Care Program at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and has worked diligently to move that program forward establishing a Palliative Care fellowship and initiating outpatient Palliative Care Clinic hours. Jim serves as Board President for The Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life Care as well as chairing the Maine Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council.  Jim currently serves as Medical Director of Supportive Care at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, Medical Director of Northern Light Home Care & Hospice, and now in this additional role as Medical Director for the Northern Light Palliative Care Service Line that has its administrative home at Northern Light Home Care & Hospice.  This new role allows Jim to take his passion on the road working with Northern Light Health providers and member organizations serving communities throughout Northern Light Health Systems service areas in efforts to make advance care planning conversation a standard of care as well as to facilitate greater access to specialty palliative care for people facing serious illness.