John L. Jefferies, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACC

Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-1675


Heritable causes of vascular disease; novel drug therapies for advanced heart failure; novel gene discovery in cardiomyopathy; characterization and management of left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC); early diagnosis and management of chemotherapy induced cardiotoxicity.

Dr. Jefferies, an associate professor of pediatric cardiology and adult cardiovascular diseases, is the director of Advanced Heart Failure / Cardiomyopathy within the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. 

He completed his combined pediatric and adult cardiology training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas at the Texas Children's Hospital and the Texas Heart Institute. He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters on cardiomyopathy, cardiovascular genetics, and adults with congenital heart disease. 

His current research interests include heritable causes of vascular disease, novel drug therapies for advanced heart failure, novel gene discovery in cardiomyopathy, characterization and management of left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC), and early diagnosis and management of chemotherapy induced cardiotoxicity. 

He is on the editorial board of the Texas Heart Institute Journal and is an active member of numerous professional organization including the Heart Failure Society of America, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

BS: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1992.

MD: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1996.

Residency: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2000.

MPH: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2001 Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2006.

Certification: Internal Medicine, 2000; Pediatrics, 2001

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Jefferies JL, Towbin JA. Dilated cardiomyopathy. Lancet. 2010 Feb;375(9716):752-62.

Breinholt JP, Moulik M, Dreyer WJ, Denfield SW, Kim JJ, Jefferies JL, Rossano JW, Gates CM, Clunie SK, Bowles KR, Kearney DL, Bowles NE, Towbin JA. Viral epidemiologic shift in inflammatory heart disease: the increasing involvement of parvovirus B19 in the myocardium of pediatric cardiac transplant patients. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2010 Jul;29(7):739-46.

Rossano JW, Morales DL, Zafar F, Denfield SW, Kim JJ, Jefferies JL, Dreyer WJ. Impact of antibodies against human leukocyte antigens on long-term outcome in pediatric heart transplant patients: An analysis of the United Network for Organ Sharing database. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 May 26.

Carlson P, Jefferies JL, Kearney D, Russell H. Refractory dilated cardiomyopathy associated with metastatic neuroblastoma. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2010 Jun 29.

Shah AM, Jefferies JL, Rossano JW, Decker JA, Cannon BC, Kim JJ. Electrocardiographic abnormalities and arrhythmias are strongly associated with the development of cardiomyopathy in muscular dystrophy. Heart Rhythm. 2010 Jun 18.

Moulik M, Breinholt JP, Dreyer WJ, Kearney DL, Price JF, Clunie SK, Moffett BS, Kim JJ, Rossano JW, Jefferies JL, Bowles KR, O'Brian Smith E, Bowles NE, Denfield SW, Towbin JA. Viral Endomyocardial Infection Is an Independent Predictor and Potentially Treatable Risk Factor for Graft Loss and Coronary Vasculopathy in Pediatric Cardiac Transplant Recipients. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2010 56:582-592.

Shchelochkov OA, Li FY, Wang J, Zhan H, Towbin JA, Jefferies JL, Wong LJ, Scaglia F. Milder Clinical Course of Type IV 3-Methylglutaconic Aciduria Due to a Novel Mutation in TMEM70. Mol Genet Metab. 2010 101:282-285.

Foerster SR, Canter CE, Cinar A, Sleeper LA, Webber SA, Pahl E, Kantor PF, Alvarez JA, Colan SD, Jefferies JL, Lamour JM, Margossian R, Messere JE, Rusconi PG, Shaddy RE, Towbin JA, Wilkinson JD, Lipshultz SE. Ventricular Remodeling and Survival are More Favorable for Myocarditis than for Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Childhood: An Outcomes Study from the Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry. Circ Heart Fail. 2010.

Jefferies JL, Price JF, Morales DL. Mechanical support in childhood heart failure. Heart Fail Clin. 2010 Oct;6(4):559-73.

Jefferies JL, Hoffman TM, Nelson DP. Heart failure treatment in the intensive care unit in children. Heart Fail Clin. 2010 Oct;6(4):531-58.