Mirnela Byku, MD, PhD, MBA

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Specialty Areas

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Congenital Heart Disease

Education and Experience

MBA: Dowling College, 2003; PhD, Pharmacological and Physiological Science: Saint Louis University, 2008; MD: Saint Louis University, 2010; Internal Medicine Residency and Internship: Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2010-2013; Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship: Washington University in St. Louis, 2013-2016; Advanced Heart Failure Fellowship: Washington University in St. Louis, 2016-17.

Selected Bibliography

Cresci S, Pereira NL, Ahmad F, Byku M, de Las Fuentes L, Lanfear DE, Reilly CM, Owens AT, Wolf MJ. Heart Failure in the Era of Precision Medicine: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circ Genom Precis Med. 2019 Oct;12(10):458-485.

Eubanks G, Haywood H, Sander M, Byku M, Weickert W. Outpatient Diuresis Clinic – A Patient Centered and Cost Saving Approach to Heart Failure Management. J Card Fail 2019; 25(8), S137.

Byku M, Chang PP. Desensitization for sensitized patients awaiting heart transplant. Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2019 Jun;24(3):233-238.

Byku M, Nassif M, Novak E, Itoh A, Ewald G, Larue SJ. Left Ventricular Assist Device is a Viable Therapy in End Stage Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. The VAD Journal 2017, 3.

Byku M, Quader N. Predictors of Normal LV Size in Chronic Mitral Regurgitation: Implications for Treatment. J Card Fail 2016; 22(8): S48-S49.

Byku, M, Piotrowski R, Itoh A, Larue S, Vader J, Holley C, Ewald G. Pre-Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) MELD score may predict meaningful survival. J Heart Lung Transplant. April 2016, 35 (4): S380-S381.

Byku M, Holley C. Cardiomyopathies in The Washington University Manual of Echocardiography, 2nd Edition. Philadephia: Wolters Kluwer, 2016.

Byku M, Mann DL. Neuromodulation of the Failing Heart: Lost in Translation? JACC: Basic to Translational Science. April 2016; 1(3): 95-106.

Martinez SC, Byku M, Cedars A, Ludbrook P, Pirooz E, Billadello J. Increased BMI is associated with congestive heart failure and mortality in adult Fontan patients. Congenital Heart Dis. 2016; 11(1):71-9.

Westfall TC, Macarthur H, Byku M, Yang CL, Murray J. Interactions of neuropeptide Y, catecholamines and angiotensin at the vascular neuroeffector junction. Adv Pharmacol. 2013;68:115-39.

Byku M, Macarthur H, Westfall TC. Inhibitory Effects of Angiotensin (1-7) on the Nerve Stimulation-Induced Release of Norepinephrine and Neuropeptide Y from the Mesenteric Arterial Bed. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 2010; 298:H457-H465.

Byku M, Macarthur H, Westfall TC. Nerve stimulation induced overflow of neuropeptide Y and modulation by angiotensin II in spontaneously hypertensive rats. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 2008; 295: H2188-H2197.

Mirnela Byku, MD, PhD, MBA
  • Phone Number

    Office: 919-843-5214 (Office Phone)

  • Address

    UNC Cardiology

    6015 Burnett-Womack Building, CB 7075

    Chapel Hill, NC 27599