Bobby Yanagawa


Associate Scientist, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science


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. 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 .
  2. 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 .
  3. 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.
  4. 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 .
  5. Yanagawa, B, Mazine, A, Chan, EY, Barker, CM, Gritti, M, Reul, RM et al.. Surgery for Tumors of the Heart. Semin. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. ;30 (4):385-397. doi: 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2018.09.001. PubMed PMID:30205144 .
  6. Spindel, SM, Yanagawa, B, Mejia, J, Levin, MA, Varghese, R, Stelzer, PE et al.. Intermittent upper and lower body perfusion during circulatory arrest is safe for aortic repair. Perfusion. 2018; :267659118798178. doi: 10.1177/0267659118798178. PubMed PMID:30183519 .
  7. Tam, DY, Yanagawa, B, Verma, S, Ruel, M, Fremes, SE, Mazine, A et al.. Early vs Late Surgery for Patients With Endocarditis and Neurological Injury: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Can J Cardiol. 2018;34 (9):1185-1199. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2018.05.010. PubMed PMID:30170674 .
  8. Yanagawa, B, Tam, DY, Hong, K, Mazine, A, Bagai, A, Shahbaz, NK et al.. Magna Ease Versus Trifecta Early Hemodynamics: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Innovations (Phila). ;13 (4):267-272. doi: 10.1097/IMI.0000000000000534. PubMed PMID:30124587 .
  9. Liu, S, Worme, M, Yanagawa, B, Kumar, N, Buller, CE, Cheema, AN et al.. Treatment of Drug-Eluting Stent In-Stent Restenosis With Drug-Eluting Balloons: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Invasive Cardiol. 2018;30 (10):360-366. . PubMed PMID:30108189 .
  10. Yanagawa, B, Verma, S, Bagai, A, Puskas, JD. Should functional assessment of lesion severity be used to guide coronary bypass?. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2018;33 (5):565-570. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000549. PubMed PMID:29994809 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto