Bobby Yanagawa


Associate Scientist, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science


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Dr. Yanagawa is a Surgeon in the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. 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. Yanagawa, B, Lee, J, Ouzounian, M, Bagai, A, Cheema, A, Verma, S et al.. Mitral valve prosthesis choice in patients <70 years: A systematic review and meta-analysis of 20 219 patients. J Card Surg. 2020; :. doi: 10.1111/jocs.14478. PubMed PMID:32092191 .
  2. Elbatarny, M, Tam, DY, Edelman, JJ, Rocha, RV, Chu, MWA, Peterson, MD et al.. Valve-Sparing Root Replacement vs Composite Valve Grafting in Aortic Root Dilation: A Meta-Analysis. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2020; :. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.11.054. PubMed PMID:31981499 .
  3. Ribeiro, RVP, Friedrich, JO, Ouzounian, M, Yau, T, Lee, J, Yanagawa, B et al.. Supplemental Cardioplegia During Donor Heart Implantation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2020; :. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.10.094. PubMed PMID:31972127 .
  4. Yanagawa, B, Ouzounian, M, Kaneko, T. Commentary: If you don't measure it, you can't improve it. J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2019; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2019.10.121. PubMed PMID:31818430 .
  5. Rocha, RV, Friedrich, JO, Hong, K, Lee, J, Cheema, A, Bagai, A et al.. Aortic valve replacement with pulmonary hypertension: Meta-analysis of 70 676 patients. J Card Surg. 2019;34 (12):1617-1625. doi: 10.1111/jocs.14309. PubMed PMID:31794128 .
  6. Ribeiro, RVP, Yanagawa, B, Légaré, JF, Hassan, A, Ouzounian, M, Verma, S et al.. Clinical outcomes of mitral valve intervention in patients with mitral annular calcification: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Card Surg. 2020;35 (1):66-74. doi: 10.1111/jocs.14325. PubMed PMID:31692124 .
  7. Rocha, RV, Lindsay, TF, Friedrich, JO, Shan, S, Sinha, S, Yanagawa, B et al.. Systematic review of contemporary outcomes of endovascular and open thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair. J. Vasc. Surg. 2020;71 (4):1396-1412.e12. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2019.06.216. PubMed PMID:31690525 .
  8. Yanagawa, B, Chan, EY, Cusimano, RJ, Reardon, MJ. Approach to Surgery for Cardiac Tumors: Primary Simple, Primary Complex, and Secondary. Cardiol Clin. 2019;37 (4):525-531. doi: 10.1016/j.ccl.2019.07.001. PubMed PMID:31587792 .
  9. Yanagawa, B, Nguyen, TC, Latter, DA, Borger, MA. Commentary: Innovate or perish in cardiac surgical training. J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2019; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2019.08.022. PubMed PMID:31582205 .
  10. Yanagawa, B, Adams, C, Whitlock, R, Arora, RC. Why does infective endocarditis from injection drug use bite the tricuspid valve?. Int. J. Cardiol. 2019;294 :52. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2019.08.006. PubMed PMID:31522716 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto