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
UofL Physicians 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


Featured Publications

  • Rogers JG, Pagani FD, Tatooles AJ, Bhat G, Slaughter MS, Birks EJ, Boyce SW, Najjar SS, Jeevanandam V, Anderson AS, Gregoric ID, Mallidi H, Leadley K, Aaronson KD, Frazier OH, Milano CA. Intrapericardial Left Ventricular Assist Device for Advanced Heart Failure. N Engl J Med. 2017 Feb 2;376(5):451-460. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1602954. PubMed PMID: 28146651.
  • Trivedi JR, Rajagopal K, Schumer EM, Birks EJ, Lenneman A, Cheng A, Slaughter MS. Differences in Status 1A Heart Transplantation Survival in the Continuous Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device Era. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Nov;102(5):1512-1516. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.04.027. Epub 2016 Jun 18. PubMed PMID: 27329191.
  • Birks EJ. Another Grain in the Search for the True Rate of Myocardial Recovery. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 Oct 4;68(14):1554-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2016.07.742. PubMed PMID: 27687197.
  • Schumer EM, Black MC, Rogers MP, Trivedi JR, Birks EJ, Lenneman AJ, Cheng A, Slaughter MS. Donor Oversizing Results in Improved Survival in Patients with Left Ventricular Assist Device. ASAIO J. 2016 Sep-Oct;62(5):571-7. doi: 10.1097/MAT.0000000000000399. PubMed PMID: 27258226.
  • Birks EJ. The Promise of Recovery. JACC Heart Fail. 2016 Jul;4(7):577-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jchf.2016.04.003. Epub 2016 Jun 8. PubMed PMID: 27289404.
  • Trivedi JR, Cheng A, Ising M, Lenneman A, Birks E, Slaughter MS. Heart Transplant Survival Based on Recipient and Donor Risk Scoring: A UNOS Database Analysis. ASAIO J. 2016 May-Jun;62(3):297-301. doi: 10.1097/MAT.0000000000000337. PubMed PMID: 26771395.
  • Felkin LE, Walsh R, Ware JS, Yacoub MH, Birks EJ, Barton PJ, Cook SA. Recovery of Cardiac Function in Cardiomyopathy Caused by Titin Truncation. JAMA Cardiol. 2016 May 1;1(2):234-5. doi: 10.1001/jamacardio.2016.0208. PubMed PMID: 27437901.
  • Bhatia N, Voelkel AJ, Hussain Z, Sharma UC, Slaughter MS, Birks EJ, McCants KC. Safety and Feasibility of Induction Immunosuppression When Driveline Infection Is an Indication for Cardiac Transplantation. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Dec;63(8):675-83. doi: 10.1055/s-0035-1564449. Epub 2015 Sep 14. PubMed PMID: 26366889.
  • Teuteberg JJ, Slaughter MS, Rogers JG, McGee EC, Pagani FD, Gordon R, Rame E, Acker M, Kormos RL, Salerno C, Schleeter TP, Goldstein DJ, Shin J, Starling RC, Wozniak T, Malik AS, Silvestry S, Ewald GA, Jorde UP, Naka Y, Birks E, Najarian KB, Hathaway DR, Aaronson KD; ADVANCE Trial Investigators.. The HVAD Left Ventricular Assist Device: Risk Factors for Neurological Events and Risk Mitigation Strategies. JACC Heart Fail. 2015 Oct;3(10):818-28. doi: 10.1016/j.jchf.2015.05.011. PubMed PMID: 26450000.
  • Stainback RF, Estep JD, Agler DA, Birks EJ, Bremer M, Hung J, Kirkpatrick JN, Rogers JG, Shah NR; American Society of Echocardiography.. Echocardiography in the Management of Patients with Left Ventricular Assist Devices: Recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2015 Aug;28(8):853-909. doi: 10.1016/j.echo.2015.05.008. PubMed PMID: 26239899.