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, Verma, S, Dwivedi, G, Ruel, M. Cardiac Surgery in HIV Patients: State of the Art. Can J Cardiol. 2019;35 (3):320-325. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2018.11.006. PubMed PMID:30744921 .
  2. Yanagawa, B, Mazine, A, Cusimano, RJ, Reardon, MJ. One-Step for Lobectomy and Two-Step for Pneumonectomy: Different Dances for Different Tunes. Semin. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2019; :. doi: 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2019.02.011. PubMed PMID:30735710 .
  3. Ha, ACT, Verma, A, Mazer, CD, Yanagawa, B, Verma, S. The more you look, the more you find: atrial fibrillation - nowhere to hide. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2019;34 (2):140-146. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000591. PubMed PMID:30585795 .
  4. Rahman, IA, Zahrani, M, Chow, CM, Abramson, B, Yanagawa, B. Abdominal Aortic Occlusion Following Large Left Atrial Mass Embolization. CASE (Phila). 2018;2 (6):273-275. doi: 10.1016/ PubMed PMID:30582089 PubMed Central PMC6302031.
  5. Mazine, A, Verma, S, Yanagawa, B. Early failure of aortic bioprostheses: what are the mechanisms?. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2019;34 (2):173-177. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000602. PubMed PMID:30575649 .
  6. Yanagawa, B, Rocha, RV, Mazine, A, Verma, S, Mazer, CD, Vernich, L et al.. Hemoglobin Optimization for Coronary Bypass: A 10-Year Canadian Multicenter Experience. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2019;107 (3):711-717. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.10.067. PubMed PMID:30529670 .
  7. Rocha, RV, Friedrich, JO, Elbatarny, M, Yanagawa, B, Al-Omran, M, Forbes, TL et al.. A systematic review and meta-analysis of early outcomes after endovascular versus open repair of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. J. Vasc. Surg. 2018;68 (6):1936-1945.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2018.08.147. PubMed PMID:30470373 .
  8. Salaun, E, Mahjoub, H, Girerd, N, Dagenais, F, Voisine, P, Mohammadi, S et al.. Rate, Timing, Correlates, and Outcomes of Hemodynamic Valve Deterioration After Bioprosthetic Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement. Circulation. 2018;138 (10):971-985. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.118.035150. PubMed PMID:30354532 .
  9. Mazine, A, Rocha, RV, El-Hamamsy, I, Ouzounian, M, Yanagawa, B, Bhatt, DL et al.. Ross Procedure vs Mechanical Aortic Valve Replacement in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Cardiol. 2018;3 (10):978-987. doi: 10.1001/jamacardio.2018.2946. PubMed PMID:30326489 PubMed Central PMC6233830.
  10. Yanagawa, B, Graham, MM, Afilalo, J, Hassan, A, Arora, RC. Frailty as a risk predictor in cardiac surgery: Beyond the eyeball test. J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2018.08.054. PubMed PMID:30269979 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto