Steve Koenig

Professor, Endowed Chair of Cardiac Implant Science, Bioengineering


Since joining UofL in 1996, Dr. Koenig has co-authored over 100 articles and received over $25 million in grants from NIH-SBIR and KSTC programs, Whitaker
and AHA foundations, and industry sponsors that supported development of bioinstrumentation, data acquisition and analysis systems, and MCS device
testing to demonstrate efficacy and safety in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). Our efforts with pre-clinical testing (CII) and clinical trials (Jewish Hospital) have led to successful CE Mark and FDA approval.

Teaching Interests

We provide extraordinary educational opportunities for engineering and medical students that offer 'hands on' practical experience in a fast-paced, real world environment interacting with engineers, clinicians, and industry partners.

BE Courses: Bioinstrumentation; Biomedical Device Design; and Biomedical Rotation

Research Interests

Dr. Koenig’s broad research focus is to understand physiologic responses of the heart, vasculature, and end-organs to mechanical circulatory support (MCS) for the treatment of heart failure, and how it may lead to pathologic remodeling. Our specific research foci are development of MCS therapies to promote
myocardial recovery; development of MCS control strategies, and elucidating mechanisms of cardiovascular remodeling to improve patient outcomes and restore quality of life.

Dr. Koenig in collaboration with Dr. Slaughter have developed an Advanced Heart Failure Research (AHFR) program and Biomedical Engineering and
Cardiothoracic Surgery (BECTS) team that conducts clinical, engineering and scientific research and development (R&D) to clinically translate new diagnostic tools and innovative therapies for advanced heart failure.