Emma J. Birks, MBBS, Ph.D., B.Sc., FRCP

Emma J. Birks, MBBS, Ph.D., B.Sc., FRCP

Emma J. Birks, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.,  B.Sc., MRCP

Emma J. Birks, MBBS, Ph.D., B.Sc., FRCP

  • Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics
  • Director, Heart Failure, Transplant and Mechanical Support Program
University of Louisville Health Care Outpatient Center
401 East Chestnut Street, Ste. 310
Louisville, KY 40202

502-852-7959 - Academic Office
502-588-4600 - Patient Appointments

Clinical Expertise
Transplant Cardiology


Education and Training

  • Medical School: Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine - University of London
  • Residency: Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine - University of London
  • Fellowship: Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine - University of London


Recent Publications

  • Donneyong M, Cheng A, Trivedi JR, Schumer E, McCants KC, Birks EJ, Slaughter MS. The Association of Pre-transplant HeartMate® II Left Ventricular Assist Device Placement and Heart Transplantation Mortality. ASAIO J. 2014 Mar 7. [Epub  ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24614355.
  • Lenneman AJ, Birks EJ. Treatment strategies for myocardial recovery in heart failure. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2014 Mar;16(3):287. doi: 10.1007/s11936-013-0287-9. PubMed PMID: 24492922.
  • Jorde UP, Kushwaha SS, Tatooles AJ, Naka Y, Bhat G, Long JW, Horstmanshof DA, Kormos RL, Teuteberg JJ, Slaughter MS, Birks EJ, Farrar DJ, Park SJ; HeartMate II Clinical Investigators. Results of the Destination Therapy Post-FDA-Approval Study with a Continuous Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device: A Prospective Study Using the INTERMACS Registry. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Feb 21. pii: S0735-1097(14)01153-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2014.01.053. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24613333.
  • Nunan D, Sandercock GR, George RS, Jakovljevic DG, Donovan G, Bougard R, Yacoub MH, Brodie DA, Birks EJ. Cardiovascular autonomic control in patients undergoing left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support and pharmacologic therapy. Int J Cardiol. 2013 Oct 9;168(4):4145-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2013.07.075. Epub 2013 Jul 26. PubMed PMID: 23896543.
  • George RS, Birks EJ, Cheetham A, Webb C, Smolenski RT, Khaghani A, Yacoub MH, Kelion A. The effect of long-term left ventricular assist device support on myocardial sympathetic activity in patients with non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy. Eur J Heart Fail. 2013 Sep;15(9):1035-43. doi: 10.1093/eurjhf/hft059. Epub 2013 Apr 21. PubMed PMID: 23610136.
  • Taimeh Z, Loughran J, Birks EJ, Bolli R. Vascular endothelial growth factor in heart failure. Nat Rev Cardiol. 2013 Sep;10(9):519-30. doi: 10.1038/nrcardio.2013.94. Epub 2013 Jul 16. Review. PubMed PMID: 23856679.
  • Birks EJ. Molecular changes after left ventricular assist device support for heart failure. Circ Res. 2013 Aug 30;113(6):777-91. doi: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.113.301413. Review. PubMed PMID: 23989719.
  • Hottigoudar RU, Deam AG, Birks EJ, McCants KC, Slaughter MS, Gopinathannair R. Catheter ablation of atrial flutter in patients with left ventricular assist device improves symptoms of right heart failure. Congest Heart Fail. 2013 Jul-Aug;19(4):165-71. doi: 10.1111/chf.12034. PubMed PMID: 23910701.
  • Slaughter MS, Pagani FD, McGee EC, Birks EJ, Cotts WG, Gregoric I, Howard Frazier O, Icenogle T, Najjar SS, Boyce SW, Acker MA, John R, Hathaway DR, Najarian KB, Aaronson KD; HeartWare Bridge to Transplant ADVANCE Trial Investigators. HeartWare ventricular assist system for bridge to transplant: combined results of the bridge to transplant and continued access protocol trial. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2013 Jul;32(7):675-83. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2013.04.004. PubMed PMID: 23796152.
  • Bartoli CR, McCants KC, Birks EJ, Flaherty MP, Slaughter MS. Percutaneous closure of a patent foramen ovale to prevent paradoxical thromboembolism in a patient with a continuous-flow LVAD. J Invasive Cardiol. 2013 Mar;25(3):154-6. PubMed PMID: 23468448.