Professor of Medicine and Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology
Mary Gertrude Waters Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine
Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease

Sumanth Prabhu

Dr. Prabhu received a BS degree in Science from Penn State University and his MD degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). After completing his fellowship, Dr. Prabhu remained on the faculty at UTHSCSA before moving to the University of Louisville. He joined UAB in 2011 as Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease. He has published extensively on the mechanisms of ventricular dysfunction, cardiac remodeling and heart failure. Dr. Prabhu serves as a Consulting Editor for Circulation Research and is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.


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Tinsley Harrison Tower (THT), Room 311
1530 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0006

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Cardiology Fellowship (Clinical and Research)
University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio (1992)

Physician-Investigator Research Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh (1989)

Internal Medicine Residency
University of Pittsburgh (1988)

Medical Degree
Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia (1985)


Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine – Cardiovascular Disease (1991, recertified 2001, 2011)
American Board of Internal Medicine (1988)


Society Memberships

Fellow, American College of Cardiology
Fellow, American Heart Association
American Society for Clinical Investigation
Southern Society for Clinical Investigation
American Physiological Society


Editorial Board

American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Basic Research in Cardiology


Clinical Interests

Heart failure, mechanical support
General cardiology and echocardiography


Research Interests

Mechanisms of cardiac remodeling and stem cell-mediated repair in heart failure
Inflammation and cardiac dysfunction in heart failure
Ventricular assist devices and reverse remodeling/recovery in heart failure


Selected Journal

Houser SR, Margulies KB, Murphy AM, Spinale F, Francis GS, Prabhu SD, Rockman HA, Kass DA, Molkentin JD, Sussman MA, Koch W, on behalf of the American Heart Association Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences, Council on Clinical Cardiology, and Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology. Animal models of heart failure: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circ Res. 2012 (in press).
PMID: 22595296

Ismahil MA, Hamid T, Haberzettl P, Gu Y, Chandrasekar B, Srivastava S, Bhatnagar A Prabhu SD. Chronic oral exposure to the aldehyde pollutant acrolein induces dilated cardiomyopathy. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2011;301:H2050-60
PMID: 21908791

Garlie JB, Hamid T, Gu Y, Ismahil MA, Chandrasekar B, Prabhu SD. Tumor necrosis factor receptor 2 signaling limits β-adrenergic receptor-mediated cardiac hypertrophy in vivo. Basic Res Cardiol. 2011;106:1193-205.
PMID: 21691899

Hamid T, Guo SZ, Kingery JR, Xiang X, Dawn B, Prabhu SD. Chronic NF-κB p65 activation in cardiomyocytes is essential for adverse remodeling, apoptosis, and endoplasmic reticulum stress in ischemic heart failure. Cardiovasc Res. 2011;89:129-38.
PMID: 20797985

Wang G, Hamid T, Keith RJ, Zhou G, Partridge CR, Xiang X, Kingery JR, Lewis RK, Li Q, Rokosh DG, Ford R, Spinale  FG, Riggs DW, Srivastava S, Xuan Y-T, Bhatnagar A, Bolli R, Prabhu SD. Cardioprotective and anti-apoptotic effects of heme oxygenase-1 in the failing heart. Circulation. 2010;121:1912-1925.
PMID: 20404253

PubMed Listings

Sumanth Prabhu, MD