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

  • Bitar A, Vijayakrishnan R, Lenneman A, Birks E, Massey T, Slaughter M, Abramov D. The Use of Eptifibatide Alone or in Combination With Heparin or Argatroban for Suspected Thrombosis in Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Devices. Artif Organs. 2017 Dec;41(12):1092-1098. doi: 10.1111/aor.12910. Epub 2017 Jun 16. PubMed PMID: 28621461.
  • Birks EJ. Stopping LVAD Bleeding: A Piece of the Puzzle. Circ Res. 2017 Sep 29;121(8):902-904. doi: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.117.311759. PubMed PMID: 28963184.
  • Jakovljevic DG, MacGowan GA, Birks EJ. Reply: Left Ventricle Assist Device Recovery Should Include Recovery of Ventilatory and Autonomic Nervous System Abnormalities. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017 Sep 19;70(12):1538-1539. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2017.06.070. PubMed PMID: 28911522.
  • Kapoor A, Birks E, Lenneman A, McCants K. Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome after Heart Transplantation: Diagnosis and Immunosuppressive Therapy. Tex Heart Inst J. 2017 Jun 1;44(3):205-208. doi: 10.14503/THIJ-15-5007. eCollection 2017 Jun. PubMed PMID: 28761402; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5505400.
  • Jakovljevic DG, Yacoub MH, Schueler S, MacGowan GA, Velicki L, Seferovic PM, Hothi S, Tzeng BH, Brodie DA, Birks E, Tan LB. Left Ventricular Assist Device as a Bridge to Recovery for Patients With Advanced Heart Failure. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017 Apr 18;69(15):1924-1933. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2017.02.018. PubMed PMID: 28408022; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5388890.
  • 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):577-579. doi: 10.1016/j.jchf.2016.04.003. Epub 2016 Jun 8. PubMed PMID: 27289404.