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

      • 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 Jan 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26771395.
      • 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. 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.
      • Birks EJ, McGee EC Jr, Aaronson KD, Boyce S, Cotts WG, Najjar SS, Pagani FD, Hathaway DR, Najarian K, Jacoski MV, Slaughter MS; ADVANCE Trial Investigators. An examination of survival by sex and race in the HeartWare Ventricular Assist Device for the Treatment of Advanced Heart Failure (ADVANCE) Bridge to Transplant (BTT) and continued access protocol trials. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2015 Jun;34(6):815-24. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2014.12.011. Epub 2014 Dec 29. PubMed PMID: 25813372.
      • 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; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4560092.
      • 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.