Asim Cheema


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Asim Cheema graduated from Nishtar Medical College in Pakistan, received a PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Toronto and an MSc in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine and holds specialty certification in Medicine and Cardiology from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. He teaches and provides supervision to graduate students at the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto and the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University. His main focus of research is adjunctive pharmacology for coronary interventions, transradial percutaneous coronary intervention and transcatheter aortic valve replacement. He has written several articles in major cardiovascular journals, received national awards and lectured at national and international cardiology conferences.

Please note: Dr. Cheema is not taking any summer students in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. McElhinney, DB, Aboulhosn, JA, Dvir, D, Whisenant, B, Zhang, Y, Eicken, A et al.. Mid-Term Valve-Related Outcomes After Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve-in-Valve or Valve-in-Ring Replacement. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2019;73 (2):148-157. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.10.051. PubMed PMID:30654886 .
  2. Fischer, Q, Himbert, D, Webb, JG, Eltchaninoff, H, Muñoz-García, AJ, Tamburino, C et al.. Impact of Preexisting Left Bundle Branch Block in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Recipients. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2018;11 (11):e006927. doi: 10.1161/CIRCINTERVENTIONS.118.006927. PubMed PMID:30571207 .
  3. Maes, F, Lerakis, S, Barbosa Ribeiro, H, Gilard, M, Cavalcante, JL, Makkar, R et al.. Outcomes From Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in Patients With Low-Flow, Low-Gradient Aortic Stenosis and Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction Less Than 30%: A Substudy From the TOPAS-TAVI Registry. JAMA Cardiol. 2019;4 (1):64-70. doi: 10.1001/jamacardio.2018.4320. PubMed PMID:30566185 PubMed Central PMC6439680.
  4. Patel, A, Goodman, SG, Yan, AT, Alexander, KP, Wong, CL, Cheema, AN et al.. Frailty and Outcomes After Myocardial Infarction: Insights From the CONCORDANCE Registry. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018;7 (18):e009859. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.118.009859. PubMed PMID:30371219 PubMed Central PMC6222944.
  5. de Freitas Campos Guimarães, L, Urena, M, Wijeysundera, HC, Munoz-Garcia, A, Serra, V, Benitez, LM et al.. Long-Term Outcomes After Transcatheter Aortic Valve-in-Valve Replacement. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2018;11 (9):e007038. doi: 10.1161/CIRCINTERVENTIONS.118.007038. PubMed PMID:30354588 .
  6. Haghbayan, H, Coomes, EA, Cheema, AN. External left atrium compression by spinal osteophytes. Lancet. 2018;392 (10156):e12. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32282-7. PubMed PMID:30343863 .
  7. Jolly, SS, Cairns, JA, Lavi, S, Cantor, WJ, Bernat, I, Cheema, AN et al.. Thrombus Aspiration in Patients With High Thrombus Burden in the TOTAL Trial. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2018;72 (14):1589-1596. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.07.047. PubMed PMID:30261959 .
  8. Shafique, U, Mathur, S, Michalski, A, Bunston, R, Cheema, AN. Frailty assessment and impact of frailty on outcomes after transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2018;16 (10):757-763. doi: 10.1080/14779072.2018.1521720. PubMed PMID:30199270 .
  9. Wassef, AWA, Rodes-Cabau, J, Liu, Y, Webb, JG, Barbanti, M, Muñoz-García, AJ et al.. The Learning Curve and Annual Procedure Volume Standards for Optimum Outcomes of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Findings From an International Registry. JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2018;11 (17):1669-1679. doi: 10.1016/j.jcin.2018.06.044. PubMed PMID:30190058 .
  10. Cheema, AN. Managing Clopidogrel Hypersensitivity without Interrupting Therapy: The Toronto Approach. Curr Vasc Pharmacol. 2019;17 (2):119-122. doi: 10.2174/1389200219666180820114435. PubMed PMID:30124155 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ryerson University