Akshay Bagai


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Akshay Bagai is a practicing interventional cardiologist at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bagai received his MD and trained in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Toronto. He completed his training in Interventional Cardiology at St. Michael’s Hospital.  He obtained a Masters degree in Health Sciences from the Clinical Research Training Program at Duke University, USA. He returned to Toronto and joined the Division of Cardiology at St. Michael’s Hospital in August 2014. His clinical and research interests are closely aligned and include systems of care for acute coronary syndrome and out-of hospital cardiac arrest, adjunctive therapy in coronary syndromes and percutaneous coronary intervention, and revascularization strategies in acute and stable coronary disease.

Recent Publications

  1. Popovic, D, Kumar, N, Chaudhry, S, Bagai, A, Arena, R, Kumar, N et al.. Improvements in Key Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Variables Following Cardiac Rehabilitation in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2018; :. doi: 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000324. PubMed PMID:29757824 .
  2. Russo, JJ, Bagai, A, Le May, MR, Yan, AT. Immediate non-culprit vessel percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with acute myocardial infarction and cardiogenic shock: a swinging pendulum. J Thorac Dis. 2018;10 (2):661-666. doi: 10.21037/jtd.2018.01.106. PubMed PMID:29608190 PubMed Central PMC5864600.
  3. Ghosh-Swaby, OR, Tan, M, Bagai, A, Yan, AT, Goodman, SG, Mehta, SR et al.. Marital status and outcomes after myocardial infarction: Observations from the Canadian Observational Antiplatelet Study (COAPT). Clin Cardiol. 2018;41 (3):285-292. doi: 10.1002/clc.22901. PubMed PMID:29574993 .
  4. Mehta, SR, Bainey, KR, Cantor, WJ, Lordkipanidzé, M, Marquis-Gravel, G, Robinson, SD et al.. 2018 Canadian Cardiovascular Society/Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiology Focused Update of the Guidelines for the Use of Antiplatelet Therapy. Can J Cardiol. 2018;34 (3):214-233. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2017.12.012. PubMed PMID:29475527 .
  5. Bagai, A, Goodman, SG, Cantor, WJ, Vicaut, E, Bolognese, L, Cequier, A et al.. Duration of ischemia and treatment effects of pre- versus in-hospital ticagrelor in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: Insights from the ATLANTIC study. Am. Heart J. 2018;196 :56-64. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2017.10.021. PubMed PMID:29421015 .
  6. Sarak, B, Goodman, SG, Brieger, D, Gale, CP, Tan, NS, Budaj, A et al.. Electrocardiographic Findings in Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome Presenting With Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Am. J. Cardiol. 2018;121 (3):294-300. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2017.10.030. PubMed PMID:29197473 .
  7. Yang, A, Pon, Q, Lavoie, A, Crawford, JJ, Harenberg, S, Zimmermann, RH et al.. Long-term pharmacodynamic effects of Ticagrelor versus Clopidogrel in fibrinolytic-treated STEMI patients undergoing early PCI. J. Thromb. Thrombolysis. 2018;45 (2):225-233. doi: 10.1007/s11239-017-1581-2. PubMed PMID:29170875 .
  8. Russo, JJ, Goodman, SG, Cantor, WJ, Ko, DT, Bagai, A, Tan, MK et al.. Does renal function affect the efficacy or safety of a pharmacoinvasive strategy in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction? A meta-analysis. Am. Heart J. 2017;193 :46-54. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2017.07.015. PubMed PMID:29129254 .
  9. Teichman, J, Taher, A, Hashi, A, Bagai, A, Sholzberg, M. A sticky situation: myocardial infarction in a young woman with immune thrombocytopenia on eltrombopag and a history of mediastinal radiation. J. Thromb. Thrombolysis. 2018;45 (1):192-195. doi: 10.1007/s11239-017-1577-y. PubMed PMID:29101508 .
  10. Russo, JJ, Goodman, SG, Bagai, A, Déry, JP, Tan, MK, Fisher, HN et al.. Duration of dual antiplatelet therapy and associated outcomes following percutaneous coronary intervention for acute myocardial infarction: contemporary practice insights from the Canadian Observational Antiplatelet Study. Eur Heart J Qual Care Clin Outcomes. 2017;3 (4):303-311. doi: 10.1093/ehjqcco/qcw051. PubMed PMID:29044393 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Heart & Stroke / Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research