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


Recent Publications

    • Gopinathannair R, Birks EJ, Trivedi JR, McCants KC, Sutton BS, Deam AG, Slaughter MS, Hottigoudar RU. Impact of cardiac resynchronization therapy on clinical outcomes in patients with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices. J Card Fail. 2015 Mar;21(3):226-32. doi: 10.1016/j.cardfail.2014.12.006. Epub 2014 Dec 17. PubMed PMID: 25528199.
    • Roberts AM, Ware JS, Herman DS, Schafer S, Baksi J, Bick AG, Buchan RJ, Walsh R, John S, Wilkinson S, Mazzarotto F, Felkin LE, Gong S, MacArthur JA, Cunningham F, Flannick J, Gabriel SB, Altshuler DM, Macdonald PS, Heinig M, Keogh AM, Hayward CS, Banner NR, Pennell DJ, O'Regan DP, San TR, de Marvao A, Dawes TJ, Gulati A, Birks EJ, Yacoub MH, Radke M, Gotthardt M, Wilson JG, O'Donnell CJ, Prasad SK, Barton PJ, Fatkin D, Hubner N, Seidman JG, Seidman CE, Cook SA. Integrated allelic, transcriptional, and phenomic dissection of the cardiac effects of titin truncations in health and disease. Sci Transl Med. 2015 Jan 14;7(270):270ra6. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3010134. PubMed PMID: 25589632.
    • Bolli R, Birks E, Flaherty MP, Keith M, Ghafghazi S. Response to letter regarding article, "Cell therapy for heart failure: a comprehensive overview of experimental and clinical studies, current challenges, and future directions". Circ Res. 2014 Nov 7;115(11):e33-4. doi: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.114.305263. PubMed PMID: 25378533.
    • Bartoli CR, Ghotra AS, Pachika AR, Birks EJ, McCants KC. Hematologic markers better predict left ventricular assist device thrombosis than echocardiographic or pump parameters. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Aug;62(5):414-8. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1376891. Epub 2014 Jul 4. PubMed PMID: 24995532.
    • 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-food and drug administration approval study with a continuous flow left ventricular assist device: a prospective study using the INTERMACS registry (Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support). J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 May 6;63(17):1751-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2014.01.053. Epub 2014 Mar 5. PubMed PMID: 24613333.
    • Donneyong M, Cheng A, Trivedi JR, Schumer E, McCants KC, Birks EJ, Slaughter MS. The association of pretransplant HeartMate II left ventricular assist device placement and heart transplantation mortality. ASAIO J. 2014 May-Jun;60(3):294-9. doi: 10.1097/MAT.0000000000000065. 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.
    • 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.