• Dr. Davies is the director of Cardiothoracic Surgery Division at UAB. He has an active clinical practice with specific interest in cardiac valvular disease. Along with UAB cardiologists, he started the transcatheter aortic valve program. As part of the program, approximately 400 transcatheter aortic valve replacements have been performed in three years at UAB, and Dr. Davies performs more than 100 open aortic valve replacements annually. Through this volume of procedures, Dr. Davies has a very good understanding of the disease process and the surgical treatment of vascular heart disease.

    Dr. Davies is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Association of Alabama, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and American Heart Association.

    Dr. Davies is interested in clinical research related to outcomes analysis in adult cardiac surgery with an emphasis on thoracic aortic pathology. Analysis and development of endovascular techniques in adult cardiac surgery with emphasis in percutaneous cardiac valve procedures.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Cardiac Surgery and Postoperative Renal Allograft FailureAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  110:1904-1908. 2020
    2020 Best Practices of Aortic Valve Replacement With the Edwards Intuity Elite ValveAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  109:1289-1293. 2020
    2019 Prioritizing research for patients requiring surgery in low-and middle-income countriesBritish Journal of Surgery.  106:e113-e120. 2019
    2017 Increased Inflammation in Pericardial Fluid Persists 48 Hours after Cardiac SurgeryCirculation.  136:2284-2286. 2017
    2017 Do Institution-Level Blood Utilization and Blood Management Initiatives Meaningfully Impact Transfusion Practices in Cardiac Surgery?Anesthesia and Analgesia.  125:731-733. 2017
    2017 Outcomes of Patients Who Undergo Cardiac Surgical Procedures After Liver TransplantationAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  103:541-545. 2017
    2016 Impact of a dedicated cancer-associated thrombosis service on clinical outcomes: A mixed-methods evaluation of a clinical improvement exerciseBMJ Open.  6. 2016
    2016 Multicentre prospective cohort study of body mass index and postoperative complications following gastrointestinal surgeryBritish Journal of Surgery.  103:1157-1172. 2016
    2016 Emergent transcatheter mitral valve-in-valve implantation in a patient with cardiogenic shock secondary to a failed mitral bioprosthesisCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions.  87:1342-1346. 2016
    2016 Simultaneous transcatheter pulmonary and tricuspid valve-in-valve implantation for the treatment of failing pulmonary and tricuspid bioprosthesesCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions.  87:1352-1355. 2016
    2016 Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of Patients With Myocardial Infarction and Cardiogenic Shock Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Data From The Society of Thoracic Surgeons National DatabaseAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  101:558-566. 2016
    2015 Challenges in reporting surgical site infections to the national surgical site infection surveillance and suggestions for improvementAnnals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England.  97:460-465. 2015
    2015 Coronary Artery FistulaeCirculation: Cardiovascular Interventions.  8. 2015
    2009 Surgical Management of Anomalous Aortic Origin of a Coronary ArteryAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  88:844-848. 2009
    2005 Multiple treatment approach to limit cardiac ischemia-reperfusion injuryAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  80:1408-1416. 2005
    2003 Intra-myocyte ion homeostasis during ischemia-reperfusion injury: Effects of pharmacologic preconditioning and controlled reperfusionAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  76:1252-1258. 2003
    2002 Treatment of end-stage heart disease with outpatient ventricular assist devicesAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  73:1489-1494. 2002


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    2016 Transplantation for end-stage heart disease.  41-74. 2016

    Research Overview

  • adult cardiac surgery, cardiac valvular disease, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, outcomes research
  • Investigator On

  • A Multi-arm, Multi-Center, Non-Randomized, Prospective, Clinical Study to Evaluate the Safety and Effectiveness of the NEXUS™ Aortic Arch Stent Graft System in Treating Thoracic Aortic Lesions Involving the Aortic Arch  awarded by ENDOSPAN LTD
  • Improving Surgical Outcomes and Experience with Patient-Centered Technology  awarded by UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HEALTH SERVICES FOUNDATION
  • International Study of Comparative Health Effectiveness with Medical and Invasive Approaches  awarded by New York University
  • International Study of Comparative Health Effectiveness with Medical and Invasive Approaches (ISCHEMIA)  awarded by NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
  • Private Grant  awarded by ABBOTT VASCULAR, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by ATRICURE, INC
  • Private Grant  awarded by SORIN GROUP
  • Private Grant  awarded by ABBOTT VASCULAR, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by ATRICURE, INC
  • Private Grant  awarded by DIRECT FLOW MEDICAL
  • Private Grant  awarded by Gore (W. L.) and Associates
  • Private Grant  awarded by St. Jude Medical
  • Private Grant  awarded by TENAX THERAPEUTICS
  • Private Grant  awarded by BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION
  • Private Grant  awarded by ABBOTT VASCULAR, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by ABBOTT VASCULAR, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by Edwards Lifesciences
  • Private Grant  awarded by EVALVE, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by ABIOMED, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION
  • Private Grant  awarded by MEDTRONIC, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by ABBOTT VASCULAR, INC.
  • The (IRAD) International Registry for Acute Aortic Dissection  awarded by University of Michigan
  • Education And Training

  • UAB Hospital, Internship
  • UAB Hospital, Residency
  • Mayo Clinic, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • UAB Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham 1998
  • Full Name

  • James Davies