Bobby Yanagawa




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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. Eikelboom, R, Nedadur, R, Ribeiro, RVP, Yanagawa, B. Commentary: When starting a MICS program, Don't assume excellence: Prove it!. J Card Surg. 2021;36 (3):998-999. doi: 10.1111/jocs.15346. PubMed PMID:33533148 .
  2. Servito, T, Elbatarny, M, Yanagawa, B, Dokollari, A, Bisleri, G. Surgical repair of ischemic mitral regurgitation: one ring does not fit all. Curr Opin Cardiol. 2021;36 (2):154-162. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000827. PubMed PMID:33399359 .
  3. Makhdoum, A, Dokollari, A, Elbatarny, M, Verma, S, Yanagawa, B. Resurgence of the edge-to-edge repair of the mitral valve. Curr Opin Cardiol. 2021;36 (2):125-129. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000807. PubMed PMID:33395077 .
  4. Eckstein, J, Liu, S, Toleva, O, Yanagawa, B, Verma, S, Cheema, AN et al.. Antithrombotic therapy after transcatheter aortic valve replacement: current perspective. Curr Opin Cardiol. 2021;36 (2):117-124. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000828. PubMed PMID:33394711 .
  5. Vervoort, D, Ouzounian, M, Yanagawa, B. Mitral valve surgery for rheumatic heart disease: replace, repair, retrain?. Curr Opin Cardiol. 2021;36 (2):179-185. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000826. PubMed PMID:33394710 .
  6. An, KR, Luc, JGY, Tam, DY, Dagher, O, Eikelboom, R, Bierer, J et al.. Infective endocarditis secondary to injection drug use: A survey of Canadian cardiac surgeons. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020; :. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.003. PubMed PMID:33358887 .
  7. Dokollari, A, Cameli, M, Bisleri, G, Pervez, MB, Kalra, DK, Demosthenous, M et al.. Mitral Arcades Unexpectedly Encountered During Cardiac Surgery. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2021;35 (3):914-916. doi: 10.1053/j.jvca.2020.10.018. PubMed PMID:33158711 .
  8. Dixit, A, Tam, DY, Yu, M, Yanagawa, B, Gaudino, M, Lam, T et al.. Wire Cerclage Versus Cable Closure After Sternotomy for Dehiscence and DSWI: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Innovations (Phila). ;15 (4):322-328. doi: 10.1177/1556984520938155. PubMed PMID:32830573 .
  9. Dokollari, A, Cameli, M, Kalra, DS, Pervez, MB, Demosthenous, M, Pernoci, M et al.. Learning curve predictors for minimally invasive mitral valve surgery; how far should the rabbit hole go?. J Card Surg. 2020;35 (11):2934-2942. doi: 10.1111/jocs.14939. PubMed PMID:32789903 .
  10. Tsang, MB, Schwalm, JD, Gandhi, S, Sibbald, MG, Gafni, A, Mercuri, M et al.. Comparison of Heart Team vs Interventional Cardiologist Recommendations for the Treatment of Patients With Multivessel Coronary Artery Disease. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3 (8):e2012749. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.12749. PubMed PMID:32777060 PubMed Central PMC7417969.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto