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. Hassan, SMA, Ghunaim, A, Verma, R, Sicilia, A, Yanagawa, B. Racial and ethnic differences in aortic stenosis: the tip of the iceberg. Curr Opin Cardiol. 2023;38 (2):103-107. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000001019. PubMed PMID:36718619 .
  2. Elfaki, L, Nwakoby, A, Lia, H, Zhao, G, Sicila, A, Yoshida, N et al.. Engaging medical students in cardiac surgery: a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Curr Opin Cardiol. 2023;38 (2):94-102. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000001010. PubMed PMID:36656289 .
  3. Krishnaraj, A, Bakbak, E, Teoh, H, Bhatt, DL, Quan, A, Puar, P et al.. Generalizability of the REDUCE-IT trial to South Asians with cardiovascular disease. Med (N Y). 2023; :. doi: 10.1016/j.medj.2022.12.008. PubMed PMID:36630964 .
  4. Stoklosa, K, Mazine, A, Forgie, KA, Brown, A, Hage, A, Ridwan, K et al.. Opening the "Black Box" for Canadian Cardiac Surgery Residency Applicants∗. CJC Open. 2022;4 (11):979-988. doi: 10.1016/j.cjco.2022.07.017. PubMed PMID:36444372 PubMed Central PMC9700213.
  5. Hibino, M, Dhingra, NK, Verma, R, Yanagawa, B. Cardiopulmonary bypass and cardiac surgery associated pulmonary hypertension: The need for proactivity and reactivity. J Card Surg. 2022;37 (12):5288-5289. doi: 10.1111/jocs.17161. PubMed PMID:36378848 .
  6. Lee, G, Chan, V, Yanagawa, B. Reply: Repair or replace the aortic root: The eternal unsolved dilemma. JTCVS Open. 2022;10 :122. doi: 10.1016/j.xjon.2022.04.030. PubMed PMID:36004218 PubMed Central PMC9390192.
  7. Makhdoum, A, Kim, K, Koziarz, A, Reza, S, Alsagheir, A, Pandey, A et al.. A survey of cardiac surgeons to evaluate the use of sutureless aortic valve replacement in Canada. J Card Surg. 2022;37 (11):3543-3549. doi: 10.1111/jocs.16839. PubMed PMID:35998278 .
  8. Verma, R, Nwakoby, A, Yanagawa, B. Commentary: Papillary fibroelastoma resection-one and done?. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2022.07.009. PubMed PMID:35989121 .
  9. Ribeiro, RVP, Lee, J, Elbatarny, M, Friedrich, JO, Singh, S, Yau, T et al.. Left ventricular assist device implantation via lateral thoracotomy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2022;41 (10):1440-1458. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2022.07.006. PubMed PMID:35953353 .
  10. Hibino, M, Pandey, AK, Chan, V, Mazer, CD, Rumman, R, Dhingra, NK et al.. Risk Factors for Postrepair Elevated Mitral Gradient: A Post-hoc Analysis of a Randomized Trial. Ann Thorac Surg. 2023;115 (2):437-443. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2022.05.053. PubMed PMID:35779599 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto