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. Yanagawa, B, Verma, S, Bagai, A, Puskas, JD. Should functional assessment of lesion severity be used to guide coronary bypass?. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2018; :. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000549. PubMed PMID:29994809 .
  2. Yanagawa, B, Hong, K, Cheema, A, Bagai, A, Verma, S. What is the state of hybrid coronary revascularization in 2018?. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2018; :. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000548. PubMed PMID:29994806 .
  3. Yanagawa, B, Mazine, A, Tam, DY, Jüni, P, Bhatt, DL, Spindel, S et al.. Homograft Versus Conventional Prosthesis for Surgical Management of Aortic Valve Infective Endocarditis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Innovations (Phila). ;13 (3):163-170. doi: 10.1097/IMI.0000000000000510. PubMed PMID:29912740 .
  4. Puskas, JD, Gerdisch, M, Nichols, D, Fermin, L, Rhenman, B, Kapoor, D et al.. Anticoagulation and Antiplatelet Strategies After On-X Mechanical Aortic Valve Replacement. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2018;71 (24):2717-2726. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.03.535. PubMed PMID:29903344 .
  5. Yanagawa, B, Elbatarny, M, Verma, S, Hill, S, Mazine, A, Puskas, JD et al.. Surgical Management of Tricuspid Valve Infective Endocarditis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.04.012. PubMed PMID:29750928 .
  6. 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;156 (1):172-176.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2018.01.103. PubMed PMID:29653752 .
  7. Tam, DY, Nedadur, R, Yu, M, Yanagawa, B, Fremes, SE, Friedrich, JO et al.. Rigid Plate Fixation Versus Wire Cerclage for Sternotomy After Cardiac Surgery: A Meta-Analysis. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2018;106 (1):298-304. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.02.043. PubMed PMID:29577921 .
  8. Kodama, D, Yanagawa, B, Chung, J, Fryatt, K, Ackery, AD. "Is there a doctor on board?": Practical recommendations for managing in-flight medical emergencies. CMAJ. 2018;190 (8):E217-E222. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.170601. PubMed PMID:29483330 PubMed Central PMC5826707.
  9. Mazine, A, Verma, S, Yanagawa, B. Mitral valve repair with resection versus neochordae: A call for high-quality evidence. J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2018;155 (2):601-602. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.10.034. PubMed PMID:29415384 .
  10. Yanagawa, B, Verma, S. What's hot in heart valve disease 2018?. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2018;33 (2):123-124. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000502. PubMed PMID:29334507 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto