• Dr. Luz A Padilla received her MD from the Universidad de Guadalajara and obtained an MSPH in Applied Epidemiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As faculty for the Department of Epidemiology she has served as course master for both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Dr. Padilla serves on the UAB Institutional Review Board (IRB) and other committees across campus. Currently she is the Director of Surgical Research for the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama, collaborating in research related to congenital heart disease, pediatric cardiology, and xenotransplantation.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2023 A Multidisciplinary Surgical Approach to Mediastinal Masses in ChildrenWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery2023
    2023 Association Between Venous Homografts and Allosensitization After Norwood ProcedureWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  14:25-30. 2023
    2023 Health-Related Quality of Life After Single Ventricle Palliation or Tetralogy of Fallot RepairPediatric Cardiology.  44:95-101. 2023
    2022 Racial and socioeconomic disparities in pediatric heart transplant outcomes in the era of anti-thymocyte globulin inductionJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.  41:1773-1780. 2022
    2022 Publication Quality Following Short Summer Cancer Research InternshipsJournal of Cancer Education.  37:1540-1545. 2022
    2022 Will previous palliative surgery for congenital heart disease be detrimental to subsequent pig heart xenotransplantation?Transplant Immunology.  74. 2022
    2022 Informed Consent for Potential Recipients of Pig Kidney Xenotransplantation in the United StatesTransplantation.  106:1754-1762. 2022
    2022 The attitudes of religious group leaders towards xenotransplantation: A focus group studyXenotransplantation.  29. 2022
    2022 The Genetically Engineered Heart as a Bridge to Allotransplantation in Infants Just Around the Corner?Annals of Thoracic Surgery.  114:536-544. 2022
    2022 An ethical algorithm for xenotransplantation? Further transparency and clarity neededXenotransplantation.  29. 2022
    2022 Organ transplant and Covid-19 vaccination: Considering the ethics of denying transplant to unvaccinated patientsClinical Transplantation.  36. 2022
    2022 Hemodilution in high-risk cardiac surgery: Laboratory values, physiological parameters, and outcomesTransfusion.  62:826-837. 2022
    2022 Mandating COVID-19 immunization for living organ donorsClinical Transplantation.  36. 2022
    2022 Antenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Disease in the State of Alabama: Challenges and Opportunities 2022
    2022 Cardiac and Pulmonary Histopathology in Baboons Following Genetically-Engineered Pig Orthotopic Heart Transplantation 2022
    2022 Outcomes in Pediatric Post-Cardiotomy ECMO Support With Modification of Systematic Support StrategyWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  13:46-52. 2022
    2022 Scientific and psychosocial ethical considerations for initial clinical trials of kidney xenotransplantationXenotransplantation.  29. 2022
    2021 Addressing concerns toward xenotransplantationJournal of Cardiac Surgery.  36:4821. 2021
    2021 Effects of acute normovolemic hemodilution on post-cardiopulmonary bypass coagulation tests and allogeneic blood transfusion in thoracic aortic repair surgery: An observational cohort studyJournal of Cardiac Surgery.  36:4075-4082. 2021
    2021 Gender Differences in Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Among General Surgery ApplicantsAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  112:961-967. 2021
    2021 Factors influencing attitudes toward xenotransplantation clinical trials: A report of focus group studiesXenotransplantation.  28. 2021
    2021 Tachyarrhythmia as a possible symptom of coronavirus in a neonate diagnosed with transposition of the great arteriesJournal of Cardiac Surgery.  36:2578-2581. 2021
    2021 Examining racial and socioeconomic disparity in the pediatric heart transplant evaluationPediatric Transplantation.  25. 2021
    2021 Impact of induction strategy change on first-year rejection in pediatric heart transplantation at a single center—From postoperative basiliximab to either postoperative anti-thymocyte globulin or preoperative basiliximabClinical Transplantation.  35. 2021
    2021 Attitudes toward xenotransplantation: A survey of parents and pediatric cardiac providersPediatric Transplantation.  25. 2021
    2021 Racial differences in attitudes to clinical pig organ XenotransplantationXenotransplantation.  28. 2021
    2021 ReplyJournal of Pediatrics.  230:277-278. 2021
    2021 Kawasaki Disease and Clinical Outcome Disparities Among Black ChildrenJournal of Pediatrics.  229:54-60.e2. 2021
    2021 Acceptance of Xenotransplantation among Nursing Students 2021
    2021 Clinical trials of pediatric cardiac xenotransplantationAmerican Journal of Transplantation.  21:433-434. 2021
    2020 Attitudes to Clinical Pig Kidney Xenotransplantation among Medical Providers and Patients. 2020
    2020 Attitudes to Cardiac Xenotransplantation by Pediatric Heart Surgeons and PhysiciansWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  11:426-430. 2020
    2020 Meta-analysis of public perception toward xenotransplantationXenotransplantation.  27. 2020
    2020 Paediatric xenotransplantation clinical trials and the right to withdrawJournal of Medical Ethics.  46:311-315. 2020
    2020 Anti-Pig Antibody in Infants: Can a Genetically Engineered Pig Heart Bridge to Allotransplantation?Annals of Thoracic Surgery.  109:1268-1273. 2020
    2020 Sociodemographic factors, health seeking behaviors, reproductive history, and knowledge of cervical screening among women in SwazilandInfectious Agents and Cancer.  15. 2020
    2020 Recommendations to the IRB review process in preparation of xenotransplantation clinical trialsXenotransplantation.  27. 2020
    2020 Repair of Rare Vascular Ring: Circumflex Aortic Arch with Associated Hypoplasia and CoarctationWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  11:235-237. 2020
    2020 Surgical Management of Heterotaxy Syndrome: Current Challenges and OpportunitiesWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  11:166-176. 2020
    2020 Evaluation of Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship Program WebsitesJournal of Surgical Research.  246:200-206. 2020
    2019 Twenty-five-Year Follow-up of Short-term Cancer Research Trainees at the University of Alabama at Birmingham: a Brief ReportJournal of Cancer Education.  34:1010-1013. 2019
    2019 Characteristics Associated with Disclosure Status to Sexual Partners among Kenyan Women. 2019
    2019 Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Disclosure and Sexual Behaviors among Kenyan Women. 2019
    2019 Massive Tracheal Rupture in Blunt Chest Trauma: Reconstruction with Autologous Pericardium 2019
    2019 Intimate partner violence among HIV-positive women in Nairobi, KenyaInternational Journal of Women's Health.  11:451-461. 2019
    2018 Current behavioral, socioeconomic and demographic determinants of lifetime HIV testing among African Americans in the deep southJournal of epidemiological research.  5:28. 2018
    2018 Automated Literature Searches for Longitudinal Tracking of Cancer Research Training Program GraduatesJournal of Cancer Education.  33:564-568. 2018
    2018 Barriers to antiretroviral therapy initiation for HIV-positive children aged 2–18 months in SwazilandAfrican Journal of AIDS Research.  17:193-202. 2018
    2017 A qualitative analysis of the barriers to antiretroviral therapy initiation among children 2 to 18 months of age in SwazilandAfrican Journal of AIDS Research.  16:321-328. 2017
    2017 Anemia in pregnancy in Western JamaicaInternational Journal of Women's Health.  9:431-439. 2017
    2017 Screening, prevalence, and risk factors for cervical lesions among HIV positive and HIV negative women in SwazilandBMC Public Health.  17. 2017
    2017 Epidemiology of Chikungunya fever outbreak in Western Jamaica during July-December 2014.Research and Reports in Tropical Medicine.  8:7-16. 2017
    2016 Association between aflatoxin M1 and liver disease in HBV/HCV infected persons in GhanaInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  13. 2016
    2016 An Evaluation Methodology for Longitudinal Studies of Short-Term Cancer Research Training ProgramsJournal of Cancer Education.  31:84-92. 2016
    2016 Career Outcomes of Graduates of R25E Short-Term Cancer Research Training ProgramsJournal of Cancer Education.  31:93-100. 2016

    Education And Training

  • Master of Science in Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2016
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Guadalajara 2010
  • Awards And Honors

    Full Name

  • Luz Padilla