Bobby Yanagawa


Associate Scientist, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science


Dr. Yanagawa is a Surgeon in the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. He completed residency training at the University of Toronto and INOVA Fairfax Hospital (Fairfax , VA) and an advanced valvular fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital (New York, NY). His research training includes a PhD at the University of British Columbia and post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Wales College of Medicine (Cardiff, UK) and National Cardiovascular Center (Osaka, Japan). His clinical focus is minimally-invasive cardiac surgery including off-pump coronary artery bypass graft, hybrid revascularization with MIDCAB, hemisternotomy aortic valve replacement, and thoracotomy mitral and tricuspid valve surgery. His research interests include basic, translational and clinical studies of ischemic and valvular heart disease, and cardiac arrhythmias. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, 15 reviews and 12 book chapters.

Recent Publications

  1. Tam, DY, Mazine, A, Cheema, AN, Yanagawa, B. Conservative Management of Extensive Iatrogenic Aortic Dissection. Aorta (Stamford). 2016;4 (6):229-231. doi: 10.12945/j.aorta.2016.16.040. PubMed PMID:28516099 PubMed Central PMC5425260.
  2. Yau, JW, Singh, KK, Hou, Y, Lei, X, Ramadan, A, Quan, A et al.. Endothelial-specific deletion of autophagy-related 7 (ATG7) attenuates arterial thrombosis in mice. J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.02.058. PubMed PMID:28400112 .
  3. Yanagawa, B, Verma, S, Mazine, A, Tam, DY, Jüni, P, Puskas, JD et al.. Impact of total arterial revascularization on long term survival: A systematic review and meta-analysis of 130,305 patients. Int. J. Cardiol. 2017;233 :29-36. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2017.02.010. PubMed PMID:28185702 .
  4. Roubelakis, A, Karangelis, D, Sadeque, S, Yanagawa, B, Modi, A, Barlow, CW et al.. Initial experience with xenograft bioconduit for the treatment of complex prosthetic valve endocarditis. Perfusion. 2017;32 (5):383-388. doi: 10.1177/0267659117690250. PubMed PMID:28118782 .
  5. Mazine, A, Bonneau, C, Karangelis, D, Yanagawa, B, Verma, S, Bonneau, D et al.. Sutureless aortic valves: who is the right patient?. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2017;32 (2):130-136. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000371. PubMed PMID:28092288 .
  6. Yanagawa, B, Verma, S. What's hot in heart valve disease 2017?. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2017;32 (2):109-110. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000376. PubMed PMID:28067716 .
  7. El-Eshmawi, A, Tang, GH, Verma, S, Yanagawa, B, Ruel, M, Adams, DH et al.. Innovations in tricuspid valve intervention. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2017;32 (2):166-173. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000377. PubMed PMID:28067714 .
  8. Yanagawa, B, Mazine, A, Bhatt, DL, Clavel, MA, Côté, N, Cheema, AN et al.. Subclinical bioprosthetic aortic valve thrombosis: clinical and translational implications. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2017;32 (2):137-146. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000373. PubMed PMID:28030440 .
  9. Yanagawa, B, Verma, S, Jüni, P, Tam, DY, Mazine, A, Puskas, JD et al.. A systematic review and meta-analysis of in situ versus composite bilateral internal thoracic artery grafting. J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2017;153 (5):1108-1116.e16. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2016.11.027. PubMed PMID:28017369 .
  10. Karangelis, D, Mazine, A, Roubelakis, A, Alexiou, C, Fragoulis, S, Mazer, CD et al.. What is the role of sutureless aortic valves in today's armamentarium?. Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2017;15 (2):83-91. doi: 10.1080/14779072.2017.1273108. PubMed PMID:27977305 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto