Subodh Verma


Scientist, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science


Dr. Subodh Verma is a cardiac surgeon-scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, Professor at the University of Toronto and the Canada Research Chair in Atherosclerosis. He has been on the India Abroad Power List, recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, and honoured with the Howard Morgan Award from the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Gold Medal in Surgery. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, and an inductee of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons. Dr.Verma runs a practice that encompasses the entire spectrum of adult cardiac surgery (with a special interest in mitral valve repair and bicuspid aortopathy).

He is involved in several clinical trials and oversees a dynamic pre-clinical research laboratory that focuses on the roles of risk factors, inflammation and autophagy in cardiovascular health. His innovative research has culminated in nearly 300 peer-reviewed papers and two United States patents. Dr.Verma’s meta-analysis revealing that bypass surgery is superior to angioplasty in patients with diabetes has been used by the American College of Cardiology and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) to shape the recommendations around the best clinical choice for revascularization procedures involving individuals with diabetes. He has contributed to the CCS guidelines for antiplatelet therapy, atrial fibrillation, dyslipidemia, peripheral arterial disease, and stable coronary artery disease; Canadian Cardiovascular Surgery Position Statement and Canadian Cardiometabolic Risk Position Paper. Dr.Verma spearheads the CARDIOLINK platform that will conduct clinical trials in atrial fibrillation, aneurysm and cerebral protection, diabetes and secondary prevention, valvular heart disease, and critical limb ischemia. He (co-)founded and (co-)chairs many regional and national educational initiatives that include the Landmark Lecture, State of the Heart Symposium, Toronto Acute Coronary Syndrome Summit, St. Michael’s Heart Valve Summit, Advances in Cardiology, Current Issues in Cardiology, and At the Heart of Diabetes programs.


Recent Publications

  1. Yanagawa, B, Chan, V, Verma, S. The Dance of 2 Devils: Mitral Valve Repair and Functional Mitral Stenosis. Semin. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. ;29 (1):33-34. doi: 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2017.02.010. PubMed PMID:28683993 .
  2. Bajaj, HS, Zinman, B, Verma, S. Antihyperglycemic agents and cardiovascular outcomes: recent insights. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000435. PubMed PMID:28678048 .
  3. Yanagawa, B, Latter, DA, Fedak, PWM, Cutrara, C, Verma, S. The Cost of Frailty in Cardiac Surgery. Can J Cardiol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2017.05.015. PubMed PMID:28666616 .
  4. So, DYF, Bagai, A, Tran, U, Verma, S, Mehta, SR. P2Y12 receptor inhibitor resistance and coronary artery disease: a bench to bedside primer for cardiovascular specialists. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000440. PubMed PMID:28661903 .
  5. Verma, S, McMurray, JJV, Cherney, DZI. The Metabolodiuretic Promise of Sodium-Dependent Glucose Cotransporter 2 Inhibition: The Search for the Sweet Spot in Heart Failure. JAMA Cardiol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1001/jamacardio.2017.1891. PubMed PMID:28636701 .
  6. Cheema, AN, Mehta, SR, Verma, S, Bagai, A. Non-infarct related artery revascularization in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction patients with multivessel disease. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000427. PubMed PMID:28617684 .
  7. Garg, V, Peterson, MD, Chu, MW, Ouzounian, M, MacArthur, RG, Bozinovski, J et al.. Axillary versus innominate artery cannulation for antegrade cerebral perfusion in aortic surgery: design of the Aortic Surgery Cerebral Protection Evaluation (ACE) CardioLink-3 randomised trial. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (6):e014491. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014491. PubMed PMID:28601820 .
  8. Chan, V, Chu, MWA, Leong-Poi, H, Latter, DA, Hall, J, Thorpe, KE et al.. Randomised trial of mitral valve repair with leaflet resection versus leaflet preservation on functional mitral stenosis (The CAMRA CardioLink-2 Trial). BMJ Open. 2017;7 (5):e015032. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015032. PubMed PMID:28566364 .
  9. Pandey, AS, Bajaj, HS, Garg, V, Pandey, A, Verma, S. The emerging role of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type-9 inhibition in secondary prevention: from clinical trials to real-world experience. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000424. PubMed PMID:28557865 .
  10. Mancini, GBJ, Farkouh, M, Verma, S. Revascularization for patients with diabetes mellitus and stable ischemic heart disease: an update. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000421. PubMed PMID:28538000 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Surgeon, Division of Cardiology , St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Professor, Department of Surgery and Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Toronto