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. Fedak, PWM, Bhatt, DL, Verma, S. Aortic Valve Replacement in an Era of Rapid Innovation: Better the Devil You Know. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2018;71 (13):1413-1416. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.02.007. PubMed PMID:29598860 .
  2. Bohula, EA, Giugliano, RP, Leiter, LA, Verma, S, Park, JG, Sever, PS et al.. Inflammatory and Cholesterol Risk in the FOURIER Trial (Further Cardiovascular Outcomes Research With PCSK9 Inhibition in Patients With Elevated Risk). Circulation. 2018; :. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.118.034032. PubMed PMID:29530884 .
  3. Hussain, MA, Verma, S, Al-Omran, M. Rivaroxaban in peripheral artery disease: The new kid on the block?. J. Vasc. Surg. 2018;67 (3):985-986. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2018.01.019. PubMed PMID:29477208 .
  4. Mehta, SR, Bainey, KR, Cantor, WJ, Lordkipanidzé, M, Marquis-Gravel, G, Robinson, SD et al.. 2018 Canadian Cardiovascular Society/Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiology Focused Update of the Guidelines for the Use of Antiplatelet Therapy. Can J Cardiol. 2018;34 (3):214-233. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2017.12.012. PubMed PMID:29475527 .
  5. Verma, A, Bhatt, DL, Verma, S. Long-Term Outcomes of Post-Operative Atrial Fibrillation: Guilty as Charged. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2018;71 (7):749-751. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2017.12.034. PubMed PMID:29447736 .
  6. 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 .
  7. Hussain, MA, Alali, AS, Mamdani, M, Tu, JV, Saposnik, G, Salata, K et al.. Risk of intracranial hemorrhage after carotid artery stenting versus endarterectomy: a population-based study. J. Neurosurg. 2018; :1-8. doi: 10.3171/2017.8.JNS171142. PubMed PMID:29393758 .
  8. 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 .
  9. Garg, AX, Shehata, N, McGuinness, S, Whitlock, R, Fergusson, D, Wald, R et al.. Risk of Acute Kidney Injury in Patients Randomized to a Restrictive Versus Liberal Approach to Red Blood Cell Transfusion in Cardiac Surgery: A Substudy Protocol of the Transfusion Requirements in Cardiac Surgery III Noninferiority Trial. Can J Kidney Health Dis. 2018;5 :2054358117749532. doi: 10.1177/2054358117749532. PubMed PMID:29326843 PubMed Central PMC5757433.
  10. Ramadan, A, Singh, KK, Quan, A, Plant, PJ, Al-Omran, M, Teoh, H et al.. Loss of vascular smooth muscle cell autophagy exacerbates angiotensin II-associated aortic remodeling. J. Vasc. Surg. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2017.08.086. PubMed PMID:29273297 .
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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