Bobby Yanagawa




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Dr. Yanagawa is a Surgeon and the Program Director in the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital and Associate 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 surgical revascularization and surgery for infective endocarditis. He is the Director of the Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons National Training Bootcamp. His research interests include clinical outcome studies of ischemic and valvular heart disease. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles, 30 reviews and 15 book chapters.

Recent Publications

  1. Izumi, A, Zubair, A, Samman, B, Yanagawa, B. Primary Entry Tears in the Descending Thoracic Aorta: The Devil is in the Details. Ann Thorac Surg. 2024; :. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2024.04.029. PubMed PMID:38761843 .
  2. Krishnaraj, A, Bakbak, E, Teoh, H, Pan, Y, Firoz, IN, Pandey, AK et al.. Vascular Regenerative Cell Deficiencies in South Asian Adults. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2024;83 (7):755-769. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2023.12.012. PubMed PMID:38355246 .
  3. Izumi, A, Nwakoby, A, Verma, R, Yanagawa, B. Wellness and burnout in cardiac surgery: not black and white. Curr Opin Cardiol. 2024;39 (2):98-103. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000001112. PubMed PMID:38116804 .
  4. Lee, G, Izumi, A, Leroux, É, Yanagawa, B. Interdisciplinary Aortic Care Teams: Bring on the A-Team. Can J Cardiol. 2023;39 (11):1499-1501. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2023.08.033. PubMed PMID:37949521 .
  5. Elfaki, LA, Groenewoud, R, Nwakoby, A, Zubair, A, Verma, R, Yanagawa, B et al.. 2023 Update on equity, diversity, and inclusion in Canadian cardiac surgery. Curr Opin Cardiol. 2024;39 (1):68-71. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000001101. PubMed PMID:37934715 .
  6. Elfaki, LA, Nwakoby, A, Keshishi, M, Vervoort, D, Yanagawa, B, Fremes, SE et al.. Race and Ethnicity in Cardiac Surgery: A Missed Opportunity?. Ann Thorac Surg. 2024;117 (4):714-722. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2023.10.025. PubMed PMID:37914147 .
  7. Yanagawa, B, Ibrahim, M, Lawton, J. Women in Cardiac Surgery: Closing the Equity Gap. Circulation. 2023;148 (17):1292-1294. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.123.063656. PubMed PMID:37871238 .
  8. Lee, GS, Vervoort, D, Lia, H, Ouzounian, M, Fremes, SE, Yanagawa, B et al.. Representation of women in cardiothoracic surgery commentaries: An opportunity for gender equity. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2024;167 (4):1381-1384.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2023.08.058. PubMed PMID:37714371 .
  9. Lee, G, Tam, DY, Wijeysundera, HC, Izumi, A, Yanagawa, B. Exposure and Subspecialty Training in Transcatheter Structural Heart Procedures for Cardiac Surgeons: An Evolving Necessity and Training Requirement. Can J Cardiol. 2024;40 (2):313-315. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2023.08.021. PubMed PMID:37652256 .
  10. Hibino, M, Verma, S, Jarret, CM, Shimamura, J, Verma, R, Hibino, H et al.. Temporal trends in mortality of aortic dissection and rupture in the UK, Japan, the USA and Canada. Heart. 2024;110 (5):331-336. doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2023-323042. PubMed PMID:37648437 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto