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. Mazine, A, Friedrich, JO, Nedadur, R, Verma, S, Ouzounian, M, Jüni, P et al.. Systematic review and meta-analysis of chordal replacement versus leaflet resection for posterior mitral leaflet prolapse. J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.07.078. PubMed PMID:28967416 .
  2. Yanagawa, B, Verma, S, Mazer, CD. Subclinical Valve Thrombosis in Sutureless Bioprosthetic Valves. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017;6 (8):. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.117.006862. PubMed PMID:28862965 PubMed Central PMC5586480.
  3. Yanagawa, B, Puskas, JD, Bhatt, DL, Verma, S. The coronary heart team. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2017;32 (5):627-632. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000432. PubMed PMID:28797011 .
  4. Yanagawa, B, Verma, S, Puskas, JD. Bilateral internal thoracic arteries: what is the State of the ART?. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2017;32 (5):594-599. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000431. PubMed PMID:28797010 .
  5. McKavanagh, P, Yanagawa, B, Zawadowski, G, Cheema, A. Management and Prevention of Saphenous Vein Graft Failure: A Review. Cardiol Ther. 2017; :. doi: 10.1007/s40119-017-0094-6. PubMed PMID:28748523 .
  6. Yanagawa, B, Chan, V, Verma, S. The Dance of 2 Devils: Mitral Valve Repair and Functional Mitral Stenosis. Semin. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2017;29 (1):33-34. doi: 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2017.02.010. PubMed PMID:28683993 .
  7. Yanagawa, B, Latter, DA, Fedak, PWM, Cutrara, C, Verma, S. The Cost of Frailty in Cardiac Surgery. Can J Cardiol. 2017;33 (8):959-960. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2017.05.015. PubMed PMID:28666616 .
  8. 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.
  9. 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;154 (3):978-988.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.02.058. PubMed PMID:28400112 .
  10. 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 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto