Bobby Yanagawa M.D.

Associate Professor


Bobby Yanagawa is the Division Head, Division of Cardiac Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital and the Program Director, Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Yanagawa obtained his BSc and PhD from the University of British Columbia and his MD degree and Cardiac Surgery Residency from the University of Toronto. He has completed research fellowships at the University of Wales College of Medicine (Cardiff, UK), National Cardiovascular Center (Osaka, Japan) and at St Michael’s Hospital (Toronto, Canada). He completed an advanced valvular fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. Dr. Yanagawa's clinical and research interests are, broadly, surgical revascularization and valvular heart disease. He has published over 90 peer reviewed papers, 50 reviews and 15 book chapters including publications in Nature Communications, Nature Medicine, Circulation, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Annals of Thoracic Surgery. He was the AATS 13th Annual C. Walton Lillehei Award winner in 2010. He is the current Director of the Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons Equity-Diversity-Inclusion Taskforce and the National Residency Bootcamp.


    • Surgical Revascularization including Arterial Revascularization
    • Vavlular Surgery
    • Infective Endocarditis
    • Clinical outcomes in Surgical Revascularization and Valvular Surgery
    • Cardiac Surgical Trials
    • Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
    • Biobank and Translational Studies

    • UBC BSc & PhD
    • University of Wales College of Medicine Post-Doctoral Fellowship
    • National Cardiovascular Center Post-Doctoral Fellowship
    • UofT MD & Residency
    • Mt. Sinai Clinical Fellowship

    • Editorial board: Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Innovations (Associate Editor), Canadian Journal of Cardiology, Journal of Cardiac Surgery.
    • AATS 13th Annual C. Walton Lillehei Award winner in 2010.

    • Yanagawa B, Pettersson GB, Habib G, Ruel M, Saposnik G, Latter DA, Verma S. Surgical Management of Infective Endocarditis Complicated by Embolic Stroke: Practical Recommendations for Clinicians. Circ. 2016;134:1280-1292.
    • Yanagawa B, Mazine A, Chan EY, Barker CM, Gritti M, Reul RM, Ravi V, Ibarra S, Shapira OM, Cusimano RJ, Reardon MJ. Surgery for Tumors of the Heart. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018;30:385-397.
    • Yanagawa B, Elbatarny M, Verma S, Hill S, Mazine A, Puskas JD, Friedrich JO. Surgical Management of Tricuspid Valve Infective Endocarditis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018. pii: S0003-4975(18)30601-5.
    • Yanagawa B, Tam DY, Hong K, Mazine A, Bagai A, Shahbaz NK, Ouzounian M, Verma S. Magna Ease Versus Trifecta Early Hemodynamics: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Innovations (Phila). 2018;13:267-272.
    • Mazine A, Friedrich JO, Nedadur R, Verma S, Ouzounian M, Jüni P, Puskas JD, Yanagawa B. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Chordal Replacement Versus Leaflet Resection Techniques for Isolated Posterior Mitral Leaflet Prolapse. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017; S0022-5223:31774-9




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