Subodh Verma


Scientist, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science


Please note: Dr. Verma will not take students in summer 2019.

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. Li, B, Salata, K, de Mestral, C, Hussain, MA, Aljabri, BA, Lindsay, TF et al.. Perceptions of Canadian vascular surgeons toward pharmacologic risk reduction in patients with peripheral artery disease: 2018 update. Ann Vasc Surg. 2019; :. doi: 10.1016/j.avsg.2018.11.034. PubMed PMID:30771465 .
  2. Yanagawa, B, Verma, S, Dwivedi, G, Ruel, M. Cardiac Surgery in HIV Patients: State of the Art. Can J Cardiol. 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2018.11.006. PubMed PMID:30744921 .
  3. Garg, A, Verma, S. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation for severe aortic stenosis. CMAJ. 2019;191 (5):E134. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.180976. PubMed PMID:30718338 PubMed Central PMC6351242.
  4. Verma, S, Mazer, CD, Bhatt, DL, Raj, SR, Yan, AT, Verma, A et al.. Empagliflozin and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes and Left Ventricular Hypertrophy: A Subanalysis of the EMPA-REG OUTCOME Trial. Diabetes Care. 2019; :. doi: 10.2337/dc18-1959. PubMed PMID:30674547 .
  5. Salata, K, Hussain, MA, de Mestral, C, Greco, E, Mamdani, M, Forbes, TL et al.. Prevalence of Elective and Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repairs by Age and Sex From 2003 to 2016 in Ontario, Canada. JAMA Netw Open. 2018;1 (7):e185418. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.5418. PubMed PMID:30646400 PubMed Central PMC6324588.
  6. Fatehi Hassanabad, A, Garcia, J, Verma, S, White, JA, Fedak, PWM. Utilizing wall shear stress as a clinical biomarker for bicuspid valve-associated aortopathy. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2019;34 (2):124-131. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000601. PubMed PMID:30633073 PubMed Central PMC6365179.
  7. Verma, S, Mazer, CD. Open or Endoscopic Vein Harvesting for Coronary-Artery Bypass Grafting. N. Engl. J. Med. 2019;380 (2):189-191. doi: 10.1056/NEJMe1814605. PubMed PMID:30625061 .
  8. Luu, AZ, Chowdhury, B, Al-Omran, M, Teoh, H, Hess, DA, Verma, S et al.. Role of Endothelium in Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiomyopathy. JACC Basic Transl Sci. 2018;3 (6):861-870. doi: 10.1016/j.jacbts.2018.06.005. PubMed PMID:30623145 PubMed Central PMC6314956.
  9. Mazer, CD, Bhatt, DL, Verma, S. Anticoagulation Following TAVR: No Clear Answer Yet. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2019;73 (1):22-28. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.11.012. PubMed PMID:30621947 .
  10. Hussain, MA, Al-Omran, M, Salata, K, Sivaswamy, A, Verma, S, Forbes, TL et al.. A call for integrated foot care and amputation prevention pathways for patients with diabetes and peripheral arterial disease across Canada. Can J Public Health. 2019; :. doi: 10.17269/s41997-018-0166-y. PubMed PMID:30617989 .
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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